Monday, 11 November, 2019

Saints' Benjamin Watson calls out National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell for his silence

Sean Payton New Orleans Saints ‘We will not forget it’: Louisiana governor pens scathing letter to NFL after Saints loss
Shannon Reynolds | 25 January, 2019, 23:59

With less than two minutes left in regulation in Sunday's Los Angeles Rams-New Orleans Saints game, Nickell Robey-Coleman blew out Tommylee Lewis well before the ball got to him.

Schefter reported Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Lewis that was not flagged, allowing for enough time for the Rams to tie the NFC Championship before eventually winning it in overtime.

While several high-profile figures, including Saints veteran tight end and NFLPA executive committee member Benjamin Watson calling out the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell for their silence, the fine for Robey-Coleman is at least a tacit acknowledgement something wrong was done. Neither penalty was called, the Saints settled for a field goal and the Rams won in overtime.

The lawsuit isn't the only thing Saints fans have mustered up following the loss.

Benson says it's clear the Saints were "unfairly deprived" of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials "charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field". Robey-Coleman was infamously not penalized for either defensive pass interference or a helmet-to-helmet hit on the crucial play late in the title game.

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The Governor expressed deep disappointment for the people of Louisiana and reminded the Commissioner that while fans would eventually move past the game, "we will not forget it".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks with the media during a press conference for Super Bowl 51 at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Saints mayor Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Thursday she has sent Goodell a letter on behalf of the city about the missed call that likely cost the Saints the game.

"Due to refs' inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27", a description on the page reads.

The Rams, who have reached their first Super Bowl since 2000, where they first faced the Patriots, aren't letting the criticism affect their victory.

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