"The refs called me a boy. No. 110 called me a boy," Rolle said in the locker room after the game. "I will be calling my agent in the morning and sending my complaint. I have a wife and three kids. Don't call me a boy. Don't call me a boy on the field during a game because I said, 'You've never played football before.' "
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday the league is looking in to the situation.
No. 110 is head linesman Phil McKinnely, a former player for three NFL teams during the 1970s and '80s. McKinnely, who played collegiately at UCLA, is black, as is Rolle.
The Ravens were demonstrative after the game about the
officiating, especially on the final drive that led to Tom Brady's
pass to Jabar Gaffney for the winning touchdown with 44 seconds
left. After the touchdown, set up by a fourth-down defensive
holding call on Jamaine Winborne, linebacker Bart Scott was penalized 15 yards
for complaining and another 15 yards for throwing the official's
"In a game of this magnitude, you don't make that kind of
call," Rolle said. "Let the players decide the outcome of the
game. You can crown them champions now. I'm not taking anything
away from them. They are a great team. They're not asking the refs
to help them, but it's just an empty feeling."
ESPN.com's Mike Sando and The Associated Press contributed to this report.