Terrell Suggs believes the NFL had a hand in Super Bowl XLVII blackout. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said he thinks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was behind the lights going out in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII.
Suggs' accusation falls in line with retired linebacker Ray Lewis' hint that the NFL attempted to eat into the Raven's 22-point lead and get the 49ers back into the Super Bowl by turning out the lights. The NFL blamed the 34-minute, third-quarter power outage on an "abnormality."
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The Baltimore Sun reported on Suggs' interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters in an E:60 magazine series segment scheduled to air Tuesday evening.
The Sun provided a portion of the transcript:
SUGGS: “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?”
LISA SALTERS: “So you think Roger Goodell had turned the lights out?”
TERRELL SUGGS: “I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it.
“We walk out of 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. 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 a year. That’s just my personal opinion.”