NEW ORLEANS (WWL.com) -- During his annual “State of the League” address Wednesday before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the missed penalty in the NFC championship game on Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickel Robey-Coleman, and admitted, “It is a play that should have been called.”
That certainly doesn’t make New Orleans Saints fans feel any better.
“We understand the frustration of the fans,” Goodell said. “I’ve talked to Coach (Sean) Payton, the team, the players. We understand the frustration that they feel right now and we certainly want to address that.”
According to "Voice of the Saints" Zach Strief, the part about talking to players is a flat-out lie.
From all the players that Strief has spoken to or texted, he reported that none of them has heard from the commissioner.
The NFL conceded Thursday that the commissioner had not talked to Saints players. The league said Goodell simply was listing all the groups that he knows are frustrated by the no-call, not claiming he had talked to them. So, the punctuation in his quote would have been: “I’ve talked to Coach (Sean) Payton. The team, the players, we understand the frustration that they feel right now and we certainly want to address that.”