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.

Via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN:

“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.

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.

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.