NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hey, who turned the lights out?
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs believes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must have “had a hand” in February’s Super Bowl blackout.
“I was like, ah, Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?” Suggs said in an “E:60″ interview airing Tuesday on ESPN. “It was just like, old Roger Goodell, he never stops, he’s always got something up his sleeve. He just couldn’t let us just have this one in a landslide, huh?”
Baltimore had a 28-6 lead over San Francisco early in the third quarter before the Superdome went dark, halting play in New Orleans for more than a half-hour. The Ravens barely held on to win 34-31.
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis previously delivered his own conspiracy theory about the blackout, though he declined to point fingers. Suggs took it a step further.
“I thought he had a hand in it,” Suggs said of Goodell. “Most definitely, I thought he had a hand in it.”
Suggs also accused the commissioner of playing favorites.
“We walk out on the Denver (playoff) game, linebackers are warming up on their sideline, and who do we see talking with John Elway? And it’s like, hmm,” he said. “I thought your commissioner is supposed to be neutral. He ain’t supposed to be on one side or another. He’s supposed to be in the box. But I saw him on their sideline and I was like, ah, I know who he’s going for. I think he definitely has his favorites.
“He’ll deny it but but he definitely does. Like I said, when I run out of the tunnel and the first thing I see is John Elway laughing it up, I’m definitely going to feel some way about that. You’re the commissioner of this league and you’re supposed to make sure everything is playing on an even playing field. I definitely don’t think he’s doing a good job, and I definitely don’t think he should be making $10 million a year.
“That’s just my personal opinion.”
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