Terrell Suggs: Roger Goodell ‘most definitely’ had hand in Super Bowl blackout
For a team that won the Super Bowl last season, the Baltimore Ravens sure have taken quite a significant interest in conspiracy theories. Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis recently made it clear that he does not believe the infamous blackout that occurred during Super Bowl 47 was a coincidence. During a recent interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters, Terrell Suggs took it a step further and blamed commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?” Suggs told Salters. “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? I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it.”
The Ravens were handling the San Francisco 49ers before the lights went out. After the power came back on, the Niners crawled back into the game and came up just short. Suggs felt that Goodell and the league used the blackout to prevent a blowout and it ended up working. He also felt confident Goodell was rooting for the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl when the playoffs began.
“We walk out for the Denver game, and linebackers are warming up on their sideline, and who do we see talking with John Elway, and it’s like hmmm. I thought your commissioner is supposed to be neutral,” Suggs said. “He ain’t supposed to be on one side or the other; he’s supposed to be in the box. I saw him on their sideline and I was like, huh, I know who he’s going for. I think he definitely has his favorites.”
And overall, Suggs doesn’t feel that Goodell is doing a good job with the league as commissioner.
“You’re the commissioner of this league and you’re supposed to make sure everything is being played on an even playing field,” he added. “I definitely don’t think he’s doing a good job, and I don’t think he should be making $10 million a year. That’s just my personal opinion.”
The Ravens — and former Ravens — obviously feel that it is safe to say these things since they won the Super Bowl, so it won’t sound like sour grapes. In my opinion, that doesn’t make it sound any less ridiculous.