The NFL came under fire on the floor of the U.S. Senate, as the fallout continues over a brutal missed call near the end of the NFC Championship Game.
The league has received a torrent of criticism over the incident in the final two minutes of the game, which gave the L.A. Rams an opportunity to come back and win the game, sending them to the Super Bowl. The referees failed to call what seemed to be an obvious pass interference — not to mention helmet-to-helmet contact — a call that, had it been made, would in all likelihood have given the New Orleans Saints a chance to lock up the win.
“Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy is still so pissed off about the blown non-penalty in the NFC Championship game … he just went on the floor of the Senate to call out the NFL,” TMZ reports.
The website quotes Cassidy saying: “The State of Louisiana is outraged because of what happened in the Superdome last Sunday. To the folks back home, it is something which continues to disturb them.”
Cassidy reportedly called the incident “the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history.”
“In fact, Cassidy says it’s not just Saints fans who are pissed — superstars like LeBron James, JJ Watt and Dez Bryant tweeted about the ‘travesty,'” TMZ reports. “Cassidy suggested that the refs may have had a secret pro-Rams agenda and he’s calling for the NFL to launch a full investigation.”
The report adds: “He ended his rant by essentially calling for NFL officials to face the Senate to answer questions about the game and the way the NFL runs its business … claiming the league has a real impact on American culture.”
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