Harry Connick Jr. has shared a letter on his Instagram account that is addressed to Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, saying he’s boycotting the Super Bowl this year.
New Orleans native Harry is a huge New Orleans Saints fan. During the Saints’ playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, with a Super Bowl trip on the line, referees missed a pivotal penalty that a Rams player made against a Saints player. Had that penalty been called in the Saints’ favor, the Saints could very well be going to the Super Bowl instead of the Rams. The NFL has admitted they made a mistake and the penalty should have been called in favor of the Saints.
Harry wrote Roger a letter and posted it to Instagram. “I love the game of football so much – the NFL gives me great joy and has for many years. To not call the pass interference/helmet-to-helmet penalties at the end of the game was one of the most disgraceful no-calls I have ever seen,” he wrote. “The officiating this year has been, for the most part, mediocre, in my opinion. But for a game as important as the NFL championship, it sickens me to know that the people who are assigned to fairly officiate the game seemingly had no regard for not only a dangerous penalty but one that would certainly have changed the outcome of the game.”
“Until changes are made, specifically, booth review of outcome-altering no-calls, you can count me out. I’m not watching the AFC championship game and I won’t be watching the Super Bowl,” he added.
SAINTS LAWSUIT _ A New Orleans attorney has filed a lawsuit asking the courts to take action after the Saints lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game, following a missed pass interference call that might have allowed the team to win. Frank D’Amico Jr. is filling the suit on behalf of season ticket holders, while other lawyers are considering their own lawsuits. D’Amico’s suit is alleging mental anguish and other damages as a result of the missed call.
… D’Amico’s reasoning is Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3 of the NFL rule book, which gives the commissioner the authority to order a game be replayed in the case of “extraordinarily unfair acts.” The loophole was first pointed out by Pro Football Talk.
… Two season ticket holders — Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert — have filed a lawsuit as well. They want a judge to order NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to do something about Sunday’s NFC championship game. Their suit also cites Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 in the NFL rulebook.