Louisiana judge allows suit against NFL over Rams-Saints missed call to continue

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A Louisiana judge allowed a lawsuit against the NFL seeking damages over the errant pass interference no-call late in the NFC Championship game in January.

According to Kevin McGill of the Associated Press, Louisiana Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard also ruled that attorneys for the plaintiffs can request documents from the NFL and and question league officials, including Commissioner Roger Goodell and members of the officiating crew that worked the game.

“The purpose of the lawsuit is not to get some minuscule amount of money. They won’t even notice that,” plaintiff attorney Antonio LeMon said. “It’s to get at the truth.

Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman obliterated Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before Drew Brees‘ pass had reached its intended target. However, no flag was thrown on the play and the Saints were forced to kick a 31-yard field goal instead of getting a fresh set of downs at the Rams 6-yard line with less than two minutes to play. There was ultimately enough time remaining for the Rams to drive for a tying field goal that forced overtime, where the Rams won to advance to the Super Bowl.

The case is seeking only $75,000 in damages, which keeps it below a threshold that would risk the case being moved to a federal court. LeMon said any funds awarded would be donated to charity as they are seeking information from the league about how the incident was handled and if officials were disciplined.

“I want their personnel files. I want their gradings. I want their notes from the game,” he said.

LeMon said the NFL informed them of their intent to appeal the ruling.

A prior lawsuit attempting to levy an injunction against the NFL to force the game be replayed from the point of the missed call ahead of the Super Bowl was nixed by a federal judge in January.

39 responses to “Louisiana judge allows suit against NFL over Rams-Saints missed call to continue

  1. This is nuts. The games over. Get over it. If this continues, every game can end up in court. I hope the Saints lose every game now. I’d be embarrassed if my team did this and would say so. SMH!!!

  2. It really takes the biggest babies in history to start a lawsuit over the outcome of a game. These Saints fans need to keep the same attitude they showed when Vikings fans complained (or complain, because I personally still complain) about the 2009 NFC Championship game when Favre got about a million late hits without a flag.

  3. How can you possibly sue on a judgement call in the heat of the game? plus there is no guarantee the Saints would have gotten a touchdown. The only interesting issue is IF a ref suddenly got a lot of money in his bank account! On the other hand the League just may be in trouble when 3/4 of the Refs walk out!

  4. How on Earth is a blown call in a sports game able to end up in court?
    On any given Sunday Evey game has a missed holding call or some infraction.

  5. If this was April 1st everyone would assume this was an April Fools post.
    What’s next, filing suits over missed balls/strikes in baseball.

  6. Lets do the Math.

    It was in New Orleans.

    Everyone wanted to see a Brees Brady match up.

    And Brees threw up a duck in overtime.

    Plus the other missed calls that went the saints way.

    The only thing looking worse than the refs is the Judge for not tossing it.

  7. This lawsuit will go nowhere legally but it will shine more light on an area the NFL would prefer to keep in the dark, the perception from the public that officials are throwing games.

    Boxing lost millions of fans because it lost its credibility thanks to Don King and company.

    Losing credibility is a nightmare for the NFL.

  8. Wow, the Aint’s are sure hypercritical aren’t they? They cheated in every possible way to make a SB in 09, and still barely made it. Their coach, DC, and players were all apart of it, and now that a ref made a call against them, they are crying themselves all the way to the court systems. If that is not the definition of hypocrite, then it should be rewritten to such.

  9. Headline is wrong. There was no “missed call”. There was a willful and deliberate intent to fail to make an obvious call. And willful and deliberate attempt to do nothing to correct it.

  10. Why not just eliminate the officials on the field and let the coaches decide after each play. They can watch the game next to the field while holding the yard markers as well. Advertising revenues should rise but games might stretch until the next day.

  11. During the discovery phase, can LA get Sean Payton’s playbook to see why Michael Thomas caught only 4 passes for 36 yards for 0 touchdowns? Or how the Saints had a paltry 48 yards rushing? Or how the Rams were able to come back from 13-0, 20-10, and 23-20, to win?

    Think about it. The Saints, with screaming, illegal-whistle-blowing home field advantage, couldn’t put the Rams away. Instead, they have to keep using the same one excuse over and over and over and over. Rams fans should sue them.

  12. laughing my tail off.so now we litigate the game outcome in court.Maybe the supreme court will have to be called in.

  13. Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore, Let it go, let it go
    Turn away and slam the door
    I don’t care what they’re going to say
    Let the storm rage on, this never bothered me anyway.

  14. The courts should focus on and use our resources on things that actually matter and these people should give some real consideration to getting a life.

  15. As a lifelong Saints fan you have to let it go & look forward to the 2019 season….just be thankful of the new PI rule….

  16. Saints were robbed.

    Rams should not have been there and it was proven.

    Brady looked like dung and the Pats still won.

  17. While you’re at it, I always thought it was suspicious that the Knicks overcome crazy odds to land Patrick Ewing 30+ years ago. Where do I file my lawsuit?

    Eye roll…

  18. -tb12greatest says
    The NFL should put Brees on the witness stand and explain why he was so bad that game…
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    Brees’ career playoff passer rating is 10 points higher that Brady’s career playoff passer rating. Brees’ “so bad’ game against the Rams ended with a passer rating of 88.4 and Brady’s playoff career average is 90 (and Manning’s is 87 by the way, another supposed “all-time” great).

    And on the one — admittedly critical — pick he threw he was hit as he threw and the ball popped up in the air like a wounded duck. He certainly wasn’t great that game, but I would hardly call him “bad” especially when he took the Saints the field to take the lead with inside a minute left.

    Everytime I see people posting that Brees isn’t a good playoff quarterback or that he’s not in the class of TB, Manning or Rogers, I ask a simple question: How come no one else’s stats are as good as his in the regular season or playoffs?

  19. Everyone wanted to see a Brees Brady match up.
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    New Orleans and New England, of course – that’s their hope every season. The dream game from last season for most – a Chiefs v Rams rematch!!

  20. This has nothing to do with the Saints organization or the majority of their fans. Everyone is ready to move on. This is a small group of season ticket owners trying to prove the game was rigged and the refs were on on it. There’s no way that a call Stevie Wonder saw and the millions that watched KNOW ruined the game. Football fans across the board should be happy that this will change the league and game for the better. This should happen to NO TEAM EVER. It was a Robbery of epic proportions. The necessary precautions need to make the league responsible for these type of gaffs. And for those talking about Brees interception in OT, that’s another missed call on Goldbergs clothesline to Brees neck that caused that pic. More salt in the wound to see Brady’s helmet get touched in the following game to help send them back to the SB. It’s hypocrisy is the leagues issue. If you’re gonna be horrible at least be consistent.

  21. Pulledgroin says:
    July 19, 2019 at 4:05 pm
    -tb12greatest says
    The NFL should put Brees on the witness stand and explain why he was so bad that game…
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    Brees’ career playoff passer rating is 10 points higher that Brady’s career playoff passer rating. Brees’ “so bad’ game against the Rams ended with a passer rating of 88.4 and Brady’s playoff career average is 90 (and Manning’s is 87 by the way, another supposed “all-time” great).

    And on the one — admittedly critical — pick he threw he was hit as he threw and the ball popped up in the air like a wounded duck. He certainly wasn’t great that game, but I would hardly call him “bad” especially when he took the Saints the field to take the lead with inside a minute left.

    Everytime I see people posting that Brees isn’t a good playoff quarterback or that he’s not in the class of TB, Manning or Rogers, I ask a simple question: How come no one else’s stats are as good as his in the regular season or playoffs?

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    easy answer. smaller sample size. when brees has 9 super bowl appearances, and 6 wins, come see me about him being as good as tom brady. is iverson considered great because he shot the ball everytime and never passed? not really. the saints throw the ball on every play in a division with horrid pass defenses, hence brees inflated stats.

  22. I agree that the Saints had some issues, and I can only imagine what was going through there minds in overtime, when the game should have ended and never made it to overtime. But the NFL has to answer to having LA based refs on the field in the first place, and Goodell AKA ( ClownBoy )has to be accountable as well. They have hidden from stuff like this for far too long. Precedence needs to be set for accountability purposes, all the money the NFL makes is from Fans, Fans have a right to at leaset know the truth.

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