The NFL suspended officiating Sunday on the eve of the Super Bowl because of a “covenant wedding” on Sunday.
The league announced in a tweet Sunday afternoon that it had ordered all officiating crews to “conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the spirit of the law and the integrity of the game.”
It also said that all officiated teams must abide by a rule that requires them to perform “no more than two of a kind” and “do not conduct any kind of wedding.”
The NFL also said it was issuing a statement to all coaches and players to clarify that officiating is not officiated at a “Covenant Marriage.”
NFL Players Association President Eric Winston and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue addressed the suspension on the “Mike and Mike Show” on Monday, calling it a “very serious matter.”
“This is an unprecedented situation,” Winston said.
“There is a lot of people that are concerned.
This is a huge deal.
We’re not talking about officiating the game, this is officiating a wedding.””
We need to take this very seriously and we need to protect our game.
And that’s why we’re in this position,” Tagliabe said.
The NFL said it had already been notified of the rule change.NFL officiating rules require that teams “conduct their own wedding ceremonies” and to avoid “unnecessary, disruptive or discriminatory officiating.”
On Sunday, it said it did not want to “divert attention” from its Super Bowl celebrations.
“As a result of the NFL’s decision, we are unable to perform our game on Sunday,” the league said.
“We respect the integrity and integrity of our game and are committed to honoring the integrity, dignity and respect of our players and coaches, the game of football and the game itself.”
The league said it will issue a statement on the matter Monday afternoon.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy did not immediately return a call for comment.
The league also suspended all officiate crews from Sunday’s Super Bowl.
It also issued a statement Monday saying it will “do everything in our power to ensure all players and employees are allowed to participate in our game in a way that is respectful of the sanctity of marriage.”