Louisiana Senator Rips The NFL Over Blown Call On The Senate Floor

Louisiana Senator Rips The NFL Over Blown Call On The Senate Floor

Javier Howell
January 27, 2019

On Friday, Cassidy spoke on the Senate floor, complaining about the pass inference and helmet-to-helmet hit that wasn't called on the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, which helped them force overtime and beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

On Friday night, Robey-Coleman confirmed that he'd been fined by the league and said he meant to pay the fine with no objections, the Associated Press reported.

"I don't know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference call that ... you know, that here it is, the NFC Championship Game".

The no-call came with under two minutes left in the game with the Saints on the Rams' 13-yard line. The no-call has sparked outrage among the Saints and their fans, including calls for a Super Bowl boycott. When an officiating crew makes a mistake that essentially puts the wrong team in the Super Bowl, the people running the league must hold themselves publicly responsible. The lawsuit, filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, also cites the plaintiffs having experienced a "loss of enjoyment of life" and "distrust of the game which has become the National pastime". On the ensuing play, Drew Brees lofted a pass to Tommylee Lewis, but Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman got to Lewis well before the ball did and drilled him.

The controversial non-call was a major factor in the Rams' 26-23 overtime victory last Sunday that earned the club a Super Bowl berth.

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Maybe the fans in New Orleans should redirect their anger, disappointment, and frustration at their own team for not taking care of business when they had the chance. "If a (penalty) is not called, we thought they were holding Aaron Donald or something".

By paying the fine instead of appealing it, Robey-Coleman hopes to turn his focus to facing Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Atlanta next weekend.

"Every drunk sitting on a stool in every bar throughout the nation looked up at that TV and said there's interference", Cassidy said.

Vinovich was asked about the play by a pool reporter following the game, but at that point, he still hadn't seen a replay of the no-call.