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Gov. Edwards writes letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 19:44:23-05

Governor John Bel Edwards is expressing his deep disappointment with the outcome of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today.

The Los Angeles Rams beat the Saints after many say officials failed to penalize the Rams when one of their players leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in Sunday’s game.

Gov. Edwards writes, “While it certainly would be within your powers to determine that the missed call was so out of bounds that it affected the fundamental fairness of the game (and, without a doubt, it was), I do recognize that you are unlikely to change the result of the game. However, at a minimum, you and the other team owners should make sure that by next season, there is some recourse on the field when such a clear error is made.”

He concludes the letter by writing no matter the outcome, the state’s fandom will not be wavered.

“Time has proved that the people of Louisiana are resilient, and we have overcome setbacks much bigger than a bad call in a football game. […] We will move past this game, but we will not forget it.”

This come after two Lafayette attorneys sent a letter Monday to Goodell, calling on him to enforce the rules.

Read the full letter here.