T.J. Lang: Green Bay Packers talked protest on flight


Green Bay Packers guard (and freshly bronzed Twitter icon) T.J. Lang painted a picture of a Green Bay Packers team flirting with desperate measures as they flew home from Seattle on Monday night.

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Lang, a guest on WXYT-FM in Detroit on Tuesday, said players debated going on strike or taking a knee on every play in upcoming games if locked-out officials didn't return.

"Whatever it takes, it's just a total embarrassment to everybody watching the game, the players in the game, it's not fun to be part of something like that. ... If it keeps going on, it's going to get ugly."

Earlier Tuesday, teammate Josh Sitton said he would strike if he could.

"Going into a game worrying about the refs more than the other team, it's a problem. The NFL, the commissioners, if they don't take action after last night ... that should be the last straw."

Lang's first two Twitter messages after Golden Tate's touchdown on Monday night were retweeted more than 160,000 times by 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

"Personally, I think more people need to speak up," said Lang, who said his only regret was using obscenites in the tweets.

"It was kind of embarrassing to be part of it, everybody was furious, a lot of guys are trying to take the high road, but it's hard to do when there's that much emotion into one game. To have the win actually stolen from you? It's frustrating."

Lang is saying what many players and fans are thinking, but he's surely in line for a significant fine from the NFL. On the plus side, he received a $5.5 million signing bonus as part of the four-year extension he signed with the team last month. Lang will survive ... and that's good.

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