Saints join NFL in opposing 'no-call' lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Lawyers for the New Orleans Saints have joined NFL lawyers in opposing a fan's lawsuit over the failure to call a crucial penalty during a playoff game.

In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

The failure to call a roughness or pass interference call on a Los Angeles Rams cornerback helped the Rams defeat the Saints in the NFC title game and move on to the Super Bowl.

In a Wednesday night filing with Louisiana's Supreme Court, the Saints said allowing the lawsuit to proceed would "open the door to countless legal claims" that would overburden courts, the league, and the teams.

Attorney Anthony LeMon filed his response on Thursday. It notes that no other such suits are pending in state court in New Orleans, where his suit was filed. And it said the circumstances in the playoff game are unique.

The NFL late Wednesday asked the high court to halt proceedings in the lawsuit.

A lower court judge has allowed the suit to proceed and ordered that Commissioner Roger Goodell submit to questions in September.

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