A man incarcerated in a Colorado correctional facility filed a lawsuit against NFL officials seeking over $88 billion in damages because of an overturned call.
Terry Hendrix, evidently a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan, is seeking $88,987,654,321.88 from the NFL in the wake of the controversial replay reversal in the Cowboys’ NFC divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers.
He names NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, referee Gene Steratore and Commissioner Roger Goodell by name.
In the handwritten lawsuit filed Wednesday, Hendrix asks for the astronomical sum of money “for but not limited to: negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and also reckless disregard.”
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made what was first ruled a catch — a spectacular one at that — on a fourth down pass down the sideline.
After Packers head coach Mike McCarthy challenged the call, it was ruled that Bryantdidn’t complete “the process” of a catch.
Reaction to the play and the ambiguous rule primarily followed the “bad rule, good call” narrative. Hendrix believes his team and its fans were cheated.
He calls the video review and reversal a “fraud” and a “gross negligence” that caused “true injury” to the Dallas Cowboys.
Had the pivotal play late in the Jan. 11 game been ruled a catch, Hendrix believes the Cowboys would’ve been in position to secure a win and advance to the NFC Championship.
“Dean Blandino, Gene Steratore, and Roger Goodell are wrong and have stolen a victory from the plaintiffs,” Hendrix wrote in the lawsuit. “The Cowboys’ offensive line would have perfectly created an ‘Autobahn’ for DeMarco Murray to drive into the endzone for the score and victory.”
Hendrix presumably arrived at the figure close to $89 billion because of Bryant’s jersey number — 88. The desired sum begins and ends with the number, and Hendrix refers to the Cowboys’ star wideout as “Dez Bryant #88” numerous times in the lawsuit.
Hendrix, an inmate at Fremont Correctional Facility in Cañon City, Colorado, states that he appears as counsel for “Dez Bryant, all Dallas Cowboys fans and all people in or from the sovereign republic of Texas.”
The suit seeks permission to move before court within 35 days.
In conjunction with the suit, Hendrix filed an application to continue with the case without paying the court fees.