Tuesday October 1st, 2013

Terrell Suggs during the Super Bowl blackout. Terrell Suggs during the Super Bowl blackout. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis really churned it up when he insisted that there were ulterior motives behind the Superdome blackout that delayed Super Bowl XLVII for 34 minutes.

“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing -- because I don’t know facts,” Lewis said in the 2012 Ravens' America's Game documentary. "But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. No way.

“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.”

"They" were the San Francisco 49ers, who were down 28-6 when the lights went out in the third quarter, and managed a furious comeback after play resumed. The Ravens won the game, 34-31, but Lewis isn't the only Ravens player in that Super Bowl who's still bothered by the alleged machinations of that blackout.

While talking to Lisa Salters for an upcoming E:60 documentary, current Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs went beyond Lewis' “I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing" stance and said it outright -- he believes that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was behind the curtain when the lights went out. The NFL claimed that an "abnormality" in the system caused the power to snap, but Suggs thinks he knows just how abnormal it really was.

"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?"

“So you thought Roger Goodell had turned the lights out?” Salters asked.

"I thought he had a hand in it," Suggs said. "Most definitely, he had a hand in it."

Suggs' conspiracy theory has its roots in something that happened before the Ravens' 38-35 double-overtime divisional playoff win over the Denver Broncos on Jan. 12. Suggs saw Goodell talking to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and he was not amused.

“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." We're not sure if it matters, but it's perhaps worth mentioning to Mr. Suggs that the Ravens won that game, as well.

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