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Debunking Twitter's conspiracy theory about Rams-Saints refs' pass interference no-call

The New Orleans Saints were on the wrong end of one of the worst no-calls in NFL history. Missing the Super Bowl on that is a tough pill to swallow.

For some Saints fans, the call was so bad that there had to be something suspicious afoot — more NFL conspiracies!

We saw on Monday as a viral tweet suggested that a ref communicated support for Tom Brady just before calling the game-saving offsides call on the Chiefs’ Dee Ford. That video was deceptive and false … as was this viral Saints conspiracy.

A video from Saints fan Troy Fields suggested that side judge Gary Cavaletto intervened as down judge Patrick Turner was preparing to throw his flag. From that zoomed-in angle, it did look like Cavaletto was communicating with Turner. But that framing hid the reality of the situation:

Cavaletto was signaling to Sean Payton.

The wide-angle video showed the full context of the interaction. Cavaletto saw Payton sprinting down the sideline and signaled at the Saints head coach to stop. He wasn’t “viciously” telling Turner to keep the flag in his belt. He wasn’t even looking at Turner.

The only communication between Cavaletto and Turner appeared to be them both briefly confirming that they saw the same thing. Yes, the no-call was incorrect, but this wasn’t a conspiracy against New Orleans. They simply blew the call.

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