Chicago Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh believes that referee Tony Corrente intentionally got in his way resulting in the two bumping into each other during a controversial moment in Monday night’s game between the Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“On my way to the sideline, I got hip-checked by the ref. It’s pretty clear,” Marsh said after the game. “If I was to do that to a ref or even touch a ref, we get kicked out of the game and possibly suspended and fined. I just think that that was incredibly inappropriate.”
Before that, Marsh made a spectacular play, sacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-8. Marsh celebrated after taking down Big Ben then appeared to have some words directed at Pittsburgh’s bench. Corrente then threw a flag and assessed the Bears a 15-yard penalty that obviously benefited the Steelers.
Tony Corrente leaned into the contact and then held his flag toss like a walk off three pointer. What a joke pic.twitter.com/MhNlNVewJx
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 9, 2021
Adding color to the story is the fact that Marsh had just been released by the Steelers in August 2021 before signing with the Bears as a practice player earlier this November and getting promoted to the main roster.
Corrente also denied awareness of the physical contact Marsh was referring to when he was interviewed by Adam Hoge of PFWA.
Note: I did this interview, but did not do the transcription. It's important to point out that Tony Corrente stated he was unaware of the contact with Cassius Marsh. The full quote was:
"That I'm not aware of at all, no. I didn't judge that as anything that I dealt with." https://t.co/SpqnaFsZwO
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 9, 2021
The Bears made a dramatic attempt at a comeback, as they outscored the Steelers in the fourth quarter by 12 points but ultimately fell short in a 29-27 loss.