Mike Pereira: Shannon Eastin shouldn't pass NFL officials gambling check

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Some controversy surrounds choice for NFL's first woman official. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Former NFL vice president of officiating and current NFL on Fox analyst Mike Pereira has weighed in on the NFL’s plan to use the first woman official as part of a replacement crew during the lockout of the NFL Referees Association.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio has Pereira’s opinion on whether Shannon Eastin’s participation in the 2007 World Series of Poker should disqualify her from working NFL games.

“Gambling is a no-no, period, when it reaches this level,” Pereira said.  “This is not a friendly golf wager or a group of guys playing poker at home.  If, in the normal background check process, this level of gambling was uncovered, the person would never have been hired."