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NFL won't punish Packers plays condemning league, refs on Twitter

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (bottom, obscured) catches the 14-12, game-winning touchdown in the endzone while he is swarmed by Green Bay Packers' Jarrett Bush (24) and Tramon Williams (38) during the final eight seconds of the fourth quarter of their Monday night NFL football game at Centurylink Field in Seattle, Washington, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (bottom, obscured) catches the 14-12, game-winning touchdown in the endzone while he is swarmed by Green Bay Packers' Jarrett Bush (24) and Tramon Williams (38) during the final eight seconds of the fourth quarter of their Monday night NFL football game at Centurylink Field in Seattle, Washington, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - NFL players who went on Twitter to condemn the league and its replacement officials after the Packers’ loss at Seattle will not be punished.

That’s what the NFL Network and NFL.Com reported Wednesday morning.

Packer players T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, and Jermichael Finley all made obscenity-laden tweets after the Pack lost Monday night on a touchdown call for Seattle that appeared to be a Green Bay interception.

They and others have slammed the league for locking out its regular referees, saying it was a matter of time before the less-experienced replacements made a bad call that decided a game.

Ironically, the most biting tweet appeared to come from the quarterback the Packers will play against on Sunday – Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. He said it’s, “ironic that our league punishes those based on conduct detrimental. Whose conduct is detrimental now?”

The NFL has fined coaches up to $50,000 for harassing or criticizing the replacement officials. But normally, players are not fined for their comments on social media outside of their normal bans on tweeting just before and after games.

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