NFL commissioner 'had a hand' in Super Bowl blackout - Suggs

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Terrell Suggs has accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of being involved in the blackout that halted the Super Bowl for 34 minutes.

In an interview with ESPN's E:60, the Baltimore Ravens linebacker said that Goodell, who has been the commissioner since 2006, helped organised the blackout in an attempt to halt the Ravens charge.

He said: "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?"

The conspiracy theory was originally started by former Raven Ray Lewis in the "America's Game" documentary believing the lights were cut on purpose to the 49ers a chance to regroup.

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

The lights went out in the Superdome early in the third quarter with the Ravens leading the tie convincingly at 28-6.

Following a 34 minute hiatus, the game was restarted and San Francisco were revitalised. They scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead.

Only a late fourth quarter stand in the red zone gifted the Ravens a deserved victory.

The outspoken Raven didn't stop there, accusing Goodell of favouring the Broncos as well.

“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," Suggs said. "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 favourites."

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