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Inmate Pledges to Sue NFL for $88 Billion for "Gross Stupidity" After Cowboys' "Stolen" Victory



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    Terry Hendrix, an inmate in Colorado, sues the NFL and its officials for fraud and negligence, seeking nearly $88 billion in damages, after referees overturned Dez Bryant's catch at a pivotal point in their playoff game against Green Bay. (Jan. 23, 2015)

    A prison inmate still reeling from the Dallas Cowboys' playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers has decided to take action to remedy to defeat, announcing intent to sue NFL officials for $88 billion for "gross stupidity" and "the loss of a Super Bowl."

    In a hand-written notice, Terrance Hendrix, a 51-year-old inmate at the Fremont Correctional Facility in Colorado, accused the NFL and its officials of "committing fraud" and "gross negligence" when they overturned a potentially game-changing catch. He's seeking $88,987,654,321.88 — Bryant's jersey No. 88 book-ended by digits 9 through 1 — in damages on behalf of the team, its fans and "all people in or and from the sovereign Republic of Texas."

    Dez Bryant's catch at the Green Bay 1 yard line on fourth down late in the fourth quarter put the Cowboys in position to take the lead in a game that sent the winner to the NFC Championship Game. Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play, though, and referees overturned the call.

    According to the lawsuit, Hendrix stated that referees Dean Blandino and Gene Steratore and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "have stolen a victory from the plaintiff(s) because the Cowboys offense would have perfectly created an 'autobahn' for DeMarco Murray to drive into the end zone for the score and victory." That loss, he writes, constitutes the theft of a Super Bowl committed against the "hearts, minds and souls" of the players, cheerleaders, fans and all Texans.

    Hendrix is acting as his own attorney in the case.

    Officials with the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL declined to coment.

    NBC Owned Television Stations' Esther Katro contributed to this report.

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