The discussion and outrage over the no-call pass interference play in the Saints-Rams game has hardly ceased. In fact, the outrage appears to have manifested itself at the highest levels of the government, specifically in the U.S. Senate.
On Friday, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana took to the Senate floor and openly criticized the NFL for its handling of the now-infamous non-pass interference play as well as the officials who called it.
“The state of Louisiana is outraged because of what happened in the Superdome last Sunday…What happened in my belief, and the belief of many, was the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history.”
Cassidy presented an enlarged photo of a frame of the play in question, as well as a picture of the The Times-Picayune edition with the headline “Reffing Unbelievable.”
.@SenBillCassidy on #NFCChampionshipGame: "The state of Louisiana is outraged because of what happened in the Superdome last Sunday…What happened in my belief, and the belief of many, was the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history." pic.twitter.com/35h2LwZzki
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 25, 2019
In his presentation before the Senate, Cassidy suggested that the official who ultimately saw the play but did not throw the flag may have even been a Rams fan.
Cassidy concluded with a call for accountability on the part of the NFL as well as the referees.
The play in question involved Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman leveling a hit on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis as he was reaching out to get the ball. No flag was thrown on the play.
The Saints ultimately lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime, their first home playoff loss in over 20 years.