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NFL: Former officials not fired

Updated: July 20, 2012, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL says nine former on-field officials have not been fired from part-time jobs.

Former NFL referee Jerry Markbreit said Friday that he and eight other retired officials were asked to hand in their NFL-issued laptops and had been fired. The league wanted the nine men to train replacement officials after the league locked out the current officials.

The NFL says in a statement that the nine "are seasonal employees who have decided not to work at this time. We asked for ...

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