NFL creates appearance of a conflict of interest against
Saints with two stories that came to light Sunday
A pair of stories came to light Sunday that likely will make
people in New Orleans look at the NFL sideways. The league used
a former Atlanta Falcons player on the officiating crew for the
Saints game Thursday against the Falcons, and it hired a key
member of the so-called bounty scandal to work for the league
office. Whether actual conflicts of interest exist is up for
debate, but the optics are going to raise some eyebrows.
Although he wasn’t listed as part of Thursday’s officiating
crew distributed to the media, former Falcons player Phil
McKinnely served as the down judge during the game in Atlanta.
McKinnely, who played for the Falcons from 1976-1980, is not
typically part of Clete Blakeman’s