Saints support NFL in bid to end fan’s ‘no call’ lawsuit
The New Orleans Saints know they probably were cost a chance at making the Super Bowl last year because of a missed pass interference call, but they also don’t believe the courts are where things like that should be decided.
An attorney and self-proclaimed fan Anthony LeMon filed a lawsuit claiming damages over the missed call and a state judge recently ordered that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three game officials must submit to questions in September.
The league appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday claiming no one should have to testify on the matter. The Saints agree and filed a friend-of-the-court brief over the matter.
“As the Saints have expressed, no team should be denied the opportunity to reach the title game (or simply win a game) based on the actions, or inactions, of those charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field,” Saints attorneys say in the brief. They go on to say that the team has sought rules changes aimed at addressing such possibilities.
“While the Saints appreciate the fervor and dedication of their deep and passionate fan-base, allowing such claims to proceed in court would open the door to countless legal claims brought by passionate sports fans that would inundate the courts and overburden sports leagues and their member teams, including the Saints,” the brief says via the Seattle Times.
As mad as the Saints and their fans were over the blown call, taking it to the courts is a bit overboard. The courts have a lot of other matters they need to deal with that are a lot more important than a blown call ni the playoffs of an NFL game.