- 11 led 2020, 08:07
The NFL’s bid to get an appeals court to strike down a decision allowing for discovery in a lawsuit over the missed pass interference call in the NFC Championship game last January was denied on Wednesday.According to Matt Seldge of the NOLA.com Sam Shields Jersey
, the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the ruling of District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard to allow a lawsuit against the NFL to proceed. The appellate court found no fault in Sheppard’s decision last week granted the plaintiffs the ability to interview league officials – including Commissioner Roger Goodell – and game officials about the infamous no-call that helped the Rams eventually earn their way to the Super Bowl instead of the Saints.The case is seeking only $75,000 in damages, which keeps it below a threshold that would risk the case being moved to a federal court. Plaintiff attorney Antonio LeMon said the money is inconsequential to him and he intends to give any money the case potentially yields to charity. LeMon’s goal has been to pry information about the game from the NFL Aqib Talib Jersey
, including the grading of the officials involved and if they were disciplined for missing the call.Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman obliterated Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before Drew Brees‘ pass had reached its intended target. However, no flag was thrown on the play and the Saints were forced to kick a 31-yard field goal instead of getting a fresh set of downs at the Rams 6-yard line with less than two minutes to play. There was ultimately enough time remaining for the Rams to drive for a tying field goal that forced overtime, where the Rams won to advance to the Super Bowl. The push for an expansion of replay review to include pass interference calls and non-calls took off after Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman‘s hit on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC Championship Game.That push paid off in a one-year trial that will allow coaches to throw a challenge flag in hopes of getting a flag for pass interference or having a flag picked up. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Marcus Peters Jersey
, Robey-Coleman said he thinks that the new addition to the NFL should be called the Nickell Robey-Coleman rule.While the change would have hurt him and the Rams in January, Robey-Coleman said he sees positives for defensive backs in the new rule.“We’ll be able to play a little bit more aggressive, in a sense Brandin Cooks Jersey
, because now you have the review play to actually review the DBs at that time,” Robey-Coleman said. “It could be a little scuffle play and they call PI and you review it, it’s a possibility it could be turned over after they look at the replay. It could be good Ndamukong Suh Jersey
, but it could be bad at the same time. If you have a good play and they think it’s PI, it could bring back that play.”Robey-Coleman isn’t the first to point out that the new rule will have ramifications on both sides of the ball and how that plays out is sure to be closely watched once teams are back on the field later this year.