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Terrell Suggs says Roger Goodell was behind Super Bowl blackout

Terrell Suggs thinks Roger Goodell turned off the power. (Gerald Herbert / AP)

Baltimore Ravens linebacker and amateur conspiracy theorist Terrell Suggs believes that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had something to do with that whole Superdome blackout during the Super Bowl.

“I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean? I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops. He always has something up his sleeve,” Suggs tells ESPN’s Lisa Salters in an “E:60″ interview (transcript via the Baltimore Sun).

The Ravens led the San Francisco 49ers by 22 points when the lights went out. “He just couldn’t let us have this one in a landslide, huh?” Suggs said.

Ray Lewis, Suggs’s former teammate, supports the idea of a conspiracy, too, although the 34-minute power outage reportedly was caused by “an abnormality.” Suggs thinks that abnormality carries the name “Goodell.”

“I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it,” he told Salters. “We walk out of the Denver game, and linebackers are warming up on their sideline, and who do we see talking with [Broncos vice-president] John Elway, and it’s like hmmm. I thought your commissioner is supposed to be neutral. 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.

“He’ll deny it, but, like I said when I run out of the tunnel, and the first thing I see is John Elway laughing it up, I’m definitely going to feel some way about that. You’re the commissioner of this league and you’re supposed to make sure everything is being played on an even playing field. I definitely don’t think he’s doing a good job, and I don’t think he should be making 10 million [dollars] a year. That’s just my personal opinion.”

At least Suggs and Lewis didn’t blame it on Beyonce.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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