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Mason calls out officiating

Upset about the non-calls on the defensive backs covering the Ravens wide receivers, Derrick Mason openly criticized the officials and insinuated that the Ravens aren't being treated fairly by them.

"I mean NFL, [NFL head of officiating] Mike Pereira, you need to really see about what's going on at that game," Mason said Wednesday. "[Commissioner Roger] Goodell, you can fine me if you want to. But it's getting ridiculous with the non-calls.

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He added, "I can see if it happens 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. You have to point it out if it happens more than two or three times. I don't think we get the just due. Every time, they come up with a lame excuse like, 'We didn't see it.' But you're supposed to be covering that side of the field. I can't get frustrated in a situation like that. I got to move on and go to the next play."

This was the first time this week that Mason has talked to reporters after declining comment after Monday's 27-14 loss at Green Bay. In the fourth quarter, Mason received a double penalty. He was called for offensive pass interference and then was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing with an official.

"I was just trying to explain to him that I have a right to the ball just as much as [Packers cornerback Charles] Woodson," Mason said. "He had his back to me, so obviously, he wasn't looking to get the ball. As a receiver, they're taught you have a right to the ball just as well as the defensive back has a right to the ball. I guess he felt like it was Charles Woodson and he can throw the flag and call pass interference. If that's the case, you have to call it both ways. Their team is doing it to our guys. You got to call it. But we never get it done."

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