Attorneys in New Orleans and Lafayette want NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step in and enforce a league rule to right what happened Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The lawsuits come after the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl ambitions were cut short because of what many are blaming on a missed call by the referees that otherwise would have seen the black and gold overcoming the Los Angeles Rams.
“So what can the NFL do about the outcome of the Rams-Saints game? Probably nothing. Bad calls happen. Sometimes, bad calls have bigger consequences than others,” New Orleans area attorney Frank J. D’Amico Jr. said in a statement Tuesday.
D’Amico Jr. wants Goodell to enforce Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 in the NFL Rulebook that he says “could, in the right circumstances, allow the commissioner to take extreme action in the face of a grossly unfair result.”
Many experts have said that it’s highly unlikely the NFL or Goodell will do anything to change the outcome of Sunday’s NFC championship game, which saw the Rams going to the Super Bowl. However, the controversial no-call could lead to changes next season.
NFL Rule 17 has been brought up because fans believe it would allow Goodell to reschedule or even reverse the results of a game for an “extraordinarily unfair” act.
Two attorneys for Simon Law Offices in Lafayette also sent a letter Monday to Goodell, calling on him to enforce the NFL’s rules. The joint statement from the attorneys says, “At present, a large asterisk sits next to the title NFC champions. Allowing the status quo to stand is a ‘black eye’ on the history and integrity of the game which you have been entrusted to preserve and protect.”
The Lafayette attorneys also want Goodell and the NFL to enforce Rule 17.