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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "had a hand" in the power outage that delayed the Super Bowl for 34 minutes last February.
The Ravens were up 28-6 in the third quarter when the lights at the Superdome in New Orleans went out. The 49ers went on a furious comeback when play resumed, narrowing the gap to 28-23 before Baltimore pulled away for good.
"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. 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."
Officials said a shoddy relay — a device designed to protect the building from a power failure — caused the outage.
Suggs isn't the first Raven to call it a conspiracy.
Last month ESPN's Ray Lewis told an NFL Films documentary that it can't see how the blackout wasn't pre-planned:
"... You cannot tell me somebody wasn't sitting there and when they say, 'The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.' ... That's a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game."
The main takeaway here is that players don't trust Goodell. Since he became commissioner he has had an antagonistic relationship with players. When they view him as dictator who abuses his own power, conspiracies like this are going to inevitably pop up.
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