Suggs suggests Goodell was behind Super Bowl blackout.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of having a role in the Super Bowl blackout last season.
The 30-year-old was speaking on ESPN’s “E:60” which will air on Tuesday, and he cast his mind back to that victorious night against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?” Suggs said, according to ESPN.
“I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn’t let us have this one in a landslide, huh?”
The black out occurred early in the third quarter with the Ravens leading 28-6, after Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kickoff return had given Baltimore a significant advantage.
However, the unprecedented moment then occurred which delayed the game for 34 minutes as San Francisco regrouped and scored 17 unanswered points to set up a grand finale.
Nevertheless, the Ravens had a late fourth-quarter stand in the red zone to prevail, but that hasn’t stopped Suggs from pointing the finger directly at Goodell.
“I thought he had a hand in it,” Suggs added. “Most definitely, he had a hand in it.”
Suggs also questioned Goodell’s impartiality after citing another case earlier in the season where he saw the commissioner standing with John Elway as he warmed up for a game against the Denver Broncos.
He went on to suggest his opinion that the league’s commissioner isn’t doing a good job, and that he doesn’t think he should be making $10m a year.
However, as pointed out by ESPN, Goodell in fact made $29.49m last year according to the league’s tax return and it now remains to be seen what his response will be to these latest conspiracy theory comments.
Suggs’ former team-mate Ray Lewis has previously spoken of his belief that the power outage may have been a ploy to help the 49ers re-group, but this is the first time that Goodell has had the finger firmly pointed at him.