The answer: Derrick Mason.
The question: Who suggested his team is treated unfairly by officials?
Following Monday night’s game in which the Ravens were flagged for five pass interference penalties against the Packers, Mason didn’t hold back Wednesday when asked by reporters about his frustration with the calls. Mason believes the Ravens aren’t receiving fair treatment from officials.
“I think I need to just stop complaining about that because it’s obvious that, that crew … The NFL, Mike Pereira, you need to really see about what’s going on in that back end,” said Mason. “[Roger] Goodell, you can fine me if you want to, but it’s getting ridiculous with the amount of calls.
“I can see if it happened once or twice, but it seems like, with us, it happens every time, and we never seem to get the call. Do we make an excuse for it? No we don’t. But you have to point it out when it happens if it happens more than two or three times.”
The Ravens’ five pass interference penalties accounted for 90 yards, and they now have a league-high 12 this season. Mason was directly involved, drawing a flag for an offensive pass interference call while battling Packers CB Charles Woodson for a deep pass on a third-and-17 during the fourth quarter. Mason then compounded the damage by arguing the call with a referee, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct call.
Mason says he was trying to explain he has as much right to the ball as Woodson on the play.
“He was looking to not allow me to catch the ball,” Mason said. “As a receiver, they’re taught that you have a right to the ball just as well as the defensive back has a right to the ball, but I guess he felt it was Charles Woodson, and he can throw the flag and call offensive pass interference. If that’s that case, you’ve got to call it both ways. Their team is doing it to our guys. You’ve got to call it, but we never get it done.”