Saints owner Gayle Benson isn’t just settling for issuing a statement to say the NFL screwed up.
A day after the Saints had their ticket to the Super Bowl ripped up by the referees on an awful non-call late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship, Benson said she has been in contact with the league and “will aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again.”
“[Sunday’s] result is still difficult to accept for all of us,” Benson said in a statement released by the team. “I am thoroughly disappointed by the events that led to the outcome of [Sunday’s] game. Getting to the Super Bowl is incredibly difficult to do and takes such an unbelievable commitment from a team and support from its fans.
“No team should ever be denied the opportunity to reach the title game (or simply win a game) based on the actions, or inactions, of those charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field. As is clear to all who watched the game, it is undeniable that our team and fans were unfairly deprived of that opportunity [Sunday].”
The NFL was quick to admit its mistake, Saints coach Sean Payton said shortly after the 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams, but the fans in New Orleans are still restless.
Getting the NFL to change its rules likely won’t quell their anger, but it could be a step in the right direction.
“The NFL must always commit to providing the most basic of expectations — fairness and integrity,” Benson said.