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NFL clarifies Goodell's comments regarding Vince Young

In response to last night’s report from FOXSports.com regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s remarks to the media following Sunday’s opening address at the annual Rookie Symposium, NFL V.P. of football communications Michael Signora has contacted us with a clarification.

Alex Marvez reported that Goodell said he intends to meet with Young soon, and that Goodell acknowledged a suspension of the Titans quarterback is “unlikely.”

For starters, Signora said that Goodell and Young won’t necessarily be meeting in the near future.  Signora points out that Goodell said he plans to “visit” with Young at some point in the next few weeks, and that Goodell intended this to include speaking with Young by phone or some other means not involving a face-to-face get-together.

Signora also said that Goodell did not state that a suspension of Young is “unlikely.”  Instead, Goodell reiterated that the Personal Conduct Policy applies to repeat offenders, and that first-time offenders generally avoid a suspension.

The discrepancies frankly seem minor.  As to the first one, “visit” fairly can be interpreted as “meet,” especially since Goodell later used the phrase “sit down” when talking about his eventual communications with Young.  As to the second, while Goodell didn’t expressly say that a suspension is unlikely, he implied it.

So why was a clarification issued?  Our guess is that, for whatever reason, someone from the Titans expressed concern regarding Goodell’s comments.

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18 Responses to “NFL clarifies Goodell's comments regarding Vince Young”
  1. bigrig says: Jun 28, 2010 12:32 PM

    Once a lawyer, always a lawyer. Mike, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
    Don’t over think it dude.

  2. TryTheVeal says: Jun 28, 2010 12:56 PM

    Vince personally wrote Roger, to clear things up….
    Dear Mr.Goodell,
    Mongo straight.

  3. SoFlor Steeler says: Jun 28, 2010 12:57 PM

    but he has already suspended a zero time offender – someone who was accused but never convicted of anything….

  4. whatev says: Jun 28, 2010 1:04 PM

    groundbreaking update

  5. whatev says: Jun 28, 2010 1:05 PM

    Seriously, can you post another update and let us know if he’s planning on calling Young on a Sprint phone?

  6. v6volume says: Jun 28, 2010 1:19 PM

    Goodell called Young on his Sprint HTC EVO 4G. Sprint, the official sponsor of the NFL

  7. giantcatfanhouse says: Jun 28, 2010 1:35 PM

    Can someone clarify Florio’s comment about Signora’s comment about FOXSports comment about Goodell’s comment?

  8. litemater95 says: Jun 28, 2010 1:44 PM

    The league did not clarify these comments, They had them scrubbed through the Tampa Bay Bucs P.R. Office.

  9. IrishDawg42 says: Jun 28, 2010 1:49 PM

    @SoFlorSteeler
    “but he has already suspended a zero time offender – someone who was accused but never convicted of anything….”
    Ben was not a first time offender of personal conduct policy, he was merely never arrested of a crime.
    He has had (2) publicly criticized “incidents” involving sexual misconduct. These both go against the personal conduct policy along with his handling of publicly stating he will ride his bike without a helmet regardless of what his coach or team says, then subsequently goes out and has an accident which could have jeopardized his career. He then makes a public service announcement about the safety of wearing a helmet and three days later is seen riding once again without a helmet and flips off the guy taking his picture.
    He has been barred from establishments in Pittsburgh due to his brash public behavior.
    No comparison to VY, who other than the suicide “incident” has had no negative publicity against himself, his team, or the NFL.

  10. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Jun 28, 2010 1:53 PM

    If a first time offender is unlikely to be suspended, what about a ZERO time offender?
    That said. If VY has a baseless allegaion against him next month, even without an ounce of evidence to back it up, he’ll get 6 games right?

  11. frostymugobeer says: Jun 28, 2010 2:17 PM

    zero evidence ?
    so witnesses and video showing big ben take a girl into the bathroom (after buying drinks for under age women) and a body guard blocking her friends from entering said bathroom to see if she was ok,is ZERO evidence ?
    i guess since she went in the bathroom she asked for it !
    B.S.
    these chumps who stick up for little big ben are blind…this dude admitted he was a douche,why can’t his fans?

  12. Siggy00 says: Jun 28, 2010 2:17 PM

    “He has been barred from establishments in Pittsburgh due to his brash public behavior.”
    Yeah by the owner of a club who’s been fined thousands of dollars for violating health and fire codes. LOL

  13. Siggy00 says: Jun 28, 2010 2:28 PM

    “so witnesses and video showing big ben take a girl into the bathroom (after buying drinks for under age women) and a body guard blocking her friends from entering said bathroom to see if she was ok,is ZERO evidence ?”
    Thats a lie.
    The accuser said she went there on her own after saying she needed to go to the bathroom and then say “Let’s go to the bathroom”.
    There was no video evidence. No camera’s in the bathroom nor down the hall leading to it.
    Yeah, her friends also said the door was locked.
    That’s some trick considering the door does not lock and it doesn’t even have a door knob on it.

  14. frostymugobeer says: Jun 28, 2010 2:29 PM

    Siggy00 says:
    June 28, 2010 2:17 PM
    “He has been barred from establishments in Pittsburgh due to his brash public behavior.”
    Yeah by the owner of a club who’s been fined thousands of dollars for violating health and fire codes. LOL
    well at least he’s trying to clean some of the SCUM out of the place !

  15. IrishDawg42 says: Jun 28, 2010 2:42 PM

    Not sure how we got off the subject, but with the video “proof” sensation that has hit the web…I don’t see how VY doesn’t get a one game suspension.
    Unfortunately, the more public an incident, the more likely a suspension would be since it shines poorly on the league.
    But the commish has said it will be on a case by case basis so we will find out soon.

  16. Archbishop says: Jun 28, 2010 3:34 PM

    Goodell is not going to suspend Vince Yopung because he is a high profile QB and Goodell needs high profile QBs to be playing on Sunday not being suspended.
    Goodell is not as tough as you think…
    What is going to be interesting is this incident because of the high quality video is going to be the bench mark for all future suspensions/fines/ acceptable levels of behavior.
    Saying every incident is different is redundant and silly. There are standards or should be standards that everyone needs to adhere too.
    Goodell is losing his credibility..

  17. poonhok says: Jun 28, 2010 4:27 PM

    “Goodell is not going to suspend Vince Yopung because he is a high profile QB and Goodell needs high profile QBs to be playing on Sunday not being suspended.”
    ===
    Yeah, but Vince isn’t a very GOOD Quarterback….

  18. footballisking says: Jun 28, 2010 6:55 PM

    Goodell reiterated that the Personal Conduct Policy applies to repeat offenders….that is a bunch of crap anyone that actually cares do any homework at all would see the NUMEROUS repeat offenders that havent got anything at all done to them..this whole conduct policy is a fraud!!!! I would list all the examples but I doubt it would do any good at all because everyone just believes what the media and the popularity train tells them 2

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