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Look: Ref Asks Notable NFL Wide Receiver For Autograph On Sunday

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NFL officials have been under plenty of scrutiny this season, especially for games that involve the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady.

But an incident that occurred after the Bucs lost to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday provided a new reason for it.

Side judge Jeff Lamberth and line judge Tripp Sutter appeared to ask Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans for his autograph as Evans walked off the field and through the tunnel to the team locker room. 

Monday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that the league is investigating the incident. Officials are expressly banned from asking players for "personnel, autographs or memorabilia."

"The NFL is reviewing the incident involving side judge Jeff Lamberth and line judge Tripp Sutter, I’m told. The NFL-NFLRA CBA specifically says game officials 'shall not… ask players, coaches or any other team personnel for autographs or memorabilia.'" -- Tom Pelissero

Video of the encounter shows Lamberth calling "Mike" at Evans to get his attention and apparently giving him a piece of paper to sign.

Given the clear language prohibiting officials asking players for autographs, it seems likely that Lamberth and Sutter will face discipline for their actions.