VIDEO: ‘Fail Mary’ Official Fights Depression, Suicide, and Panic Attacks

lanceRemember the replacement referees back in 2012?

Now, how about the Seahawks-Packers infamous last-second controversial call which resulted in a Seahawks touchdown? (Watch video below)

You know the game where Packers FS M.D. Jennings intercepted the last second hail mary only to see replacement ref, Lance Easley call it a WR Golden Tate touchdown. Well, apparently that has been eating at Easley these past few years.

The 55-year-old, Easley told Yahoo! Sports that he’s been dealing with panic attacks, depression and even suicidal thoughts since that infamous play. “I felt like I didn’t want to be here anymore. I never acted on it. It was horrible to have those thoughts. I hated having those thoughts,” Easley said.


After the game, Easley instantly became the butt of jokes. He also told Yahoo! Sports that he was the subject of threats and was reprimanded by media, players, coaches and even members of that night’s officiating crew.

“I was completely under attack,” he told Yahoo! Sports.” Nobody died. There were no laws broken. It wasn’t scandalous. There was no sex tape. I didn’t do anything wrong. It just happened to be a contentious call right when everything was spiraling out of control.”


Easley, who admitted to having suicidal thoughts in the past, told Yahoo! Sports that he’s been on doctors-ordered medical leave from his current job at Bank of America since June. In addition, his 28-year marriage took a wrongful turn as that fell apart in September.

“I am not the same guy I used to be,” Easley told Yahoo! Sports. I know I’ll recover. I know it. It’s just going to take time to get through it.”

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