As Twitchy reported, Green Bay Packer T.J. Lang dared the NFL to fine him for speaking out against replacement referees. Several of his teammates shared his anger:
This is the greatest collection of tweets in the history of the world after the packers game last night wow http://t.co/ASCpZgng
— Greg (@RealistSpeaking) September 25, 2012
Packers fans (many of whom are shareholders in the Packers organization) as well as people who normally root against Green Bay offered their support and followed suit:
— Jason Dupuis (@JayDupes) September 25, 2012
— News We Share (@NewsWeShare) September 25, 2012
Go Packers! RT @TJLang70: Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
— Joshua Lyman (@joshualyman) September 25, 2012
And like that, Packers offensive lineman becomes a Twitter hero. RT @TJLang70 Fuck it NFL..Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs
— Kathryn Schotthoefer (@katschott) September 25, 2012
@TJLang70 Needed to be said. And I hate the Packers, but if you're allowed to take up a collection for the NFL fine, hit me up. I'm in.
— Chris Avros (@Stringfellow911) September 25, 2012
“@TJLang70: Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.” why I love the packers
— R (@1Da_pimp_is_ere) September 25, 2012
I love how some of my packers were just like screw it! Fine me for sayin the officials suck!
— ACONN (@ACONN2013) September 25, 2012
— Jane McManus (@janesports) September 25, 2012
Can the NFL fine me since I own a share of Packers stock? Cuz if they can imma keep cussing till they do!
— Chuckles (@Cushman_ATC) September 25, 2012
@nflcommish packers share holder here fine me I dare you…your three ring circuits is a complete fucking joke!
— Zack Trohoske (@ztro4) September 25, 2012
You're getting fined RT @bustedcoverage: As part owner of the Packers, I'm outraged this morning. Get these clueless refs off the field
— kohneyskorner (@KohneysKorner) September 25, 2012
Some Twitterers wondered just how wide a net the NFL would cast when it came to fining critics:
— Sam Krinsky (@SamdamanNH) September 25, 2012
@AlbertBreer If a fan owns shares of the Packers and criticizes the officials will Roger Goodell fine them?
— Chris Rogers (@rogers9993) September 25, 2012
— Kevin (@Kevin_Photo) September 25, 2012
One person suggested that the Packers shouldn’t stop at baiting the NFL commissioner over fines, but that they should strike:
That’s not likely to happen, though it’s likely that the Packers aren’t quite finished smacking the NFL around.