Fans blast National Football League for fining Rams player over uncalled penalty


On Friday, ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman was fined for the obvious helmet-to-helmet hit that went uncalled in the final minutes of the NFC Championship.

Robey-Coleman wouldn't say whether he agreed with the league's decision to fine him for helmet-to-helmet contact, but the veteran defensive back acknowledged after the game that he could have easily been whistled for pass interference. Nickell Robey-Coleman was fined more than $26,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis, though no penalty was called.

No penalty was called, although Saints coach Sean Payton said the NFL's head of officials, Alberto Riveron, told him the officials "blew the call" by not penalizing Robey-Coleman.

The Rams have been diplomatic about their fortunate break, acknowledging the sketchy nature of Robey-Coleman's hit while also gently pointing out that one play doesn't decide any game.

Days removed from the controversy in New Orleans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to speak out.

"Every drunk sitting on a stool in every bar throughout the nation looked up at that TV and said there's interference", Cassidy said.

National Football League officiating chief Alberto Riveron privately apologized to Saints head coach Sean Payton, but the responsibility for such a public statement falls on National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.

"For a call like that not to be made, man, it's just hard to swallow".

The Governor expressed deep disappointment for the people of Louisiana and reminded the Commissioner that while fans would eventually move past the game, "we will not forget it".

According to The New Orleans Advocate, two Saints fans are suing the league and commissioner Roger Goodell for damages, including mental anguish and emotional trauma, as a result of the missed call. "The NFL can make it right by awarding NOLA the next available Super Bowl".

Maybe the fans in New Orleans should redirect their anger, disappointment, and frustration at their own team for not taking care of business when they had the chance.

Goodell will meet with the media next Wednesday in an annual news conference ahead of the Super Bowl, which will pit the Rams against the New England Patriots in Atlanta on February 3. "That's the way the game has been played for a long time".