Friday’s Mashup: Benjamin Watson calls out Roger Goodell for silence on Saints-Rams call controversy

Lucy Burdge
January 25, 2019 - 10:51 am

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-- Saints tight end Benjamin Watson called out Roger Goodell in a tweet on Thursday after Goodell has remained on the controversial call at the end of the Saints-Rams NFC Championship game last week.

The game was the final of Watson’s 15-year career but he didn’t want to retire without letting the commissioner know how he feels.

"Commissioner Goodell. We all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people," Watson wrote on Twitter. "What occurred last Sunday in New Orleans though, was outside of that expected and accepted norm. Your continued silence on this matter is unbecoming of the position you hold, detrimental to the integrity of the game and disrespectful and dismissive to football fans everywhere. From the locker room to Park Ave, accountability is what makes our league great. Lead by example. We are waiting,” the tweet reads.

Many responded to Watson with praise for speaking up on this issue.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you <a href=""">">@BenjaminSWatson</a> ... you are a way better role model than he’ll ever be. The <a href="";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WhoDatNation</a> loves you and wishes you all the best!!!!</p>&mdash; ⚜ Jenny O ⚜ (@JenWhoDat) <a href=""">">January 25, 2019</a></blockquote>

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-- Some angry Chiefs fans thought they were berating linebacker Dee Ford on Twitter after the AFC Championship game but ended up bombarding an English woman named Dee Ford with insults.

The other Ford, a 47-year-old English woman with the Twitter handle @dee_ford, got hate messages from fans even though she had nothing to do with the outcome of the game.

“The phone was going off literally nonstop,” she said. “Some of the things were quite vicious. The things they’re saying, he doesn’t deserve it.”

She has changed her Twitter bio to say “NOTE! I am not the Auburn/Kansas City Chiefs footballer, who is @dee_ford_ I'm a boring surveyor from Kent but now also a firm member of the #AUfamily#WarEagle.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think that is a question that I don’t think anybody actually knows the answer to at this point. here’s so many emotions going throughout a season, throughout an offseason, throughout a game. I think that is the last thing on anybody’s mind right now. You don’t even think about that stuff when you are going into a huge game like this.” -- Chris Gronkowski, on if his brother Rob is thinking about retirement