State court suit over ‘no-call’ can proceed against NFL

State court suit over ‘no-call’ can proceed against NFL

UNDATED (AP) _ A Louisiana judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against the NFL over the blown playoff “no-call” that led to the Rams beating the Saints and advancing to the 2019 Super Bowl. State Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard issued the ruling Thursday in the damage suit filed by attorney Antonio LeMon.

LeMon says that means Commissioner Roger Goodell and game officials can be questioned in depositions. The officials failed to call either pass interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the NFC title game. A lawyer for the NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

_ A Missouri man has been fined $500 for pointing a laser at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC championship with the Kansas City Chiefs in January. KMBC reports Dwyan Morgan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, disturbing the peace. He will pay the fine with no jail time. Footage of the game showed a green light flashing on Brady late in the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win at Arrowhead Stadium.

_The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. The Raiders waived receiver Saeed Blacknall to make room for Pierson-El on the roster. Pierson-El most recently played for Salt Lake in the Alliance of American Football.

_ Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has recovered enough to receive treatment outside a hospital as his search for a new kidney continues. The 38-year-old Haynesworth has posted an update on social media of his first dialysis treatment outside the hospital. He thanked hospital staff and those who have reached out to see if they could be a kidney donor his new family.