Obama Weighs in on Interference Controversy

President Barack Obama says he'd be aggravated by the call if he were a Lions fan


In the days since the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Detroit Lions in the wild card round of the playoffs, just about everyone has expressed an opinion on the controversial, eventually reversed fourth quarter pass interference call on Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens.

This list now includes the President of the United States.

President Barack Obama told the Detroit News on Tuesday that he couldn’t "remember a circumstance in which a good call by one of the refs is argued about by an opposing player of the other team with his helmet off on the field, which in and of itself is supposed to be a penalty. The call is announced and then reversed without explanation. I haven't seen that before--so I will leave it up to the experts to make the judgment as to why that happen--but I can tell you if I was a Lions fan I'd be pretty aggravated."

Of course, Obama is referring to a helmet-less Dez Bryant running onto the field following the initial flag--one of three penalties that could have been called on that play.

But as a Bears fan, Obama’s sympathy for the Lions goes only so far.

"Given the performance of my Bears, I can't have too much sympathy for the Lions," Obama said. "You guys were in a lot better position than we were. I'd love to have your defense right now."

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