Lawsuit Filed Against NFL Over Missed Call in Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Saints WR Tommylee Lewis and Rams DB Nickell Robey-Coleman
- After a missed penalty at the end of the Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game likely cost New Orleans a trip to Super Bowl 53, a lawyer has filed a suit on behalf of New Orleans fans against the NFL.
- Damages include "past, present and future anguish and emotional trauma," "loss of faith" in the NFL, "loss of enjoyment of life" and "distrust of the game."
A lawyer in New Orleans has filed a petition on behalf of New Orleans Saints fans against Roger Goodell, the NFL and NFL Properties, the league’s marketing arm.
The petition, filed by attorney Frank D’Amico on Tuesday, asks for a judge to force the league to reverse the no pass interference call by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis and at least restart the game from that point to its conclusion, per Goodell’s powers in Rule 17, Section 2, Article of the NFL rules.
“The law says that a judge can compel an organization who does business in the state to follow its own bylaws in customers in that state are damaged,” D’Amico told The Action Network. “There’s no doubt people have been damaged.”
Damages include “past, present and future anguish and emotional trauma,” “loss of faith” in the NFL, “loss of enjoyment of life” and “distrust of the game.”
The two fans listed as part of the action, are two season ticket holders — Tommy Badeaux, a lawyer in D’Amico’s office, and Candis Lambert, a local nurse.
While the league hasn’t publicly admitted that they made the wrong call, Saints coach Sean Payton said he spoke to Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, after the game who agreed that the call was botched.
“Any apology the NFL gives is a hollow apology,” D’Amico said. “We want the league to follow the rules, bring the teams back and put 1:49 on the clock. Because short of that, no one believes this year’s Super Bowl means anything.”
D’Amico said his team is currently serving Goodell and the NFL with the suit and that a judge has set a hearing for this upcoming Monday at 10 a.m.
A spokesperson for the NFL could not be immediately reached for comment.