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More players sound off on Roger Goodell's visits

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said this week that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s visit with the team was a “total waste of time.” It turns out that Redskins camp wasn’t the only place where Goodell met a hostile audience.

Players on the Ravens, Chiefs and Browns told FanHouse they weren’t satisfied with what they heard when Goodell visited their training camps.

Chiefs guard Brian Waters was all smiles when Goodell handed him the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award six months ago, but Waters told FanHouse he didn’t appreciate the way Goodell tried to pass himself off as a “liaison” between the players and owners.

“I mean, that’s almost like a slap in the face to our intelligence,” Waters said. “We know the owners are paying him. Don’t take us for granted as far as our understanding of what’s going on here.”

Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth said that when Goodell called himself a liaison, “You could definitely hear guys chuckling.”

And Browns linebacker Scott Fujita said Goodell didn’t have answers for the questions he and his teammates asked.

“I was hopeful we’d get some more answers,” Fujita said. “I think he came in unprepared for how educated the players were going to be. A lot of guys were concerned about it afterward, and I think kind of shocked for how unprepared he was for these kinds of questions.”

Goodell has already met with eight teams and has more visits scheduled on his training camp tour, with the Colts up next on Saturday.

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25 Responses to “More players sound off on Roger Goodell's visits”
  1. cowboyup says: Aug 6, 2010 7:05 PM

    Man Fck Roger Goodell that racist azzz motherfcker!

  2. Citizen Strange says: Aug 6, 2010 7:15 PM

    Thank God the players aren’t falling for Goodell’s horsecrap.
    Goodell sounds like he thinks he’s talking to kindergardners when he says (paraphrasing) “Well the fans HATE preseason games so the only thing at all we can possibly do is to have two preseason games and 18 regular season games.”
    Hey Jackass! Of COURSE fans hate to pay big money to sit through meaningless games. You had no clue about that until this camp tour?
    How about ZERO preseason games and still have only 16 regular season games. Everybody would LOVE that except for the owners who own you.
    Football is too violent and brutal for an 18 games plus possible playoffs season.
    The owners are greedy pigs who are ready willing and able to kill the golden goose. Goodell is just their almost cartoonishly evil talking puppet.
    The owners don’t care about fans or players or anything besides MONEY. Is there anybody whoe doesn’t understand this?

  3. Mooch says: Aug 6, 2010 7:58 PM

    He is an empty suit hired by the owners to (a) get the players to play 2 more games a season for (b) less money.
    Pretty obvious.

  4. connie says: Aug 6, 2010 8:00 PM

    The almighty on high GODELL. Working for the owners. Kissing the butts of the steelers.
    And don’t know what is going on in football.
    Telling Ben how wonderful he is doing Thats because he didn’t rape anyone in a couple of months.How does he know anything about Ben. Does he live with him.

  5. sukit100 says: Aug 6, 2010 8:44 PM

    Goodell is a puppet. The owners pull the strings. The only good aspect of Goodell is his stance on discipline for out of control players.

  6. newman says: Aug 6, 2010 8:45 PM

    maybe the players deserve to have their intelligence slapped if they can’t understand that goodell presides over the whole nfl – players and owners. its not his job, nor is it beneficial to his position, to pick sides. and suggesting that he’s in the owner’s pocket is a little bit of a double standard – aren’t they all getting paid by the owners? and i have a feeling that fielding questions from players is less about answering them to ease their minds and more about finding out whats legitimately important to players.

  7. BigBear123 says: Aug 6, 2010 9:19 PM

    Doubt Goodell was unprepared he just doesn’t want to answer the specific questions.

  8. BCGreg says: Aug 6, 2010 9:21 PM

    I guess Goodell’s “new sheriff in town” act is running thin–dare I say anorexic.
    This guy thinks he’s a liason after all of the suspensions he’s given out in his 3 years as Commish?
    I agree that players had to be held accountable for their actions, but I think Goodell has gone overboard a little. This reaction from the players may be a little backlash from this.

  9. donnybrook says: Aug 6, 2010 9:23 PM

    goodell seems like obama, not trying to get much work done, rather basking in the limelight of being a celebrity.

  10. move_da_chains says: Aug 6, 2010 9:55 PM

    Connie, you tell him. Im sure you know what going on. Are you a browns or bengals fan? I hope so, at least you would have a excuse for being a loser!

  11. smithopher says: Aug 6, 2010 10:03 PM

    I’m sorry but anybody who thinks that Goodell doesn’t side with the owners is crazy. He gets paid by the owners, not the players. Whats good for them is good for him. I think its hard for the players to feel any sort of comfort level with him, he’s the disciplinarian and nobody want’s to be his buddy.

  12. BigBenRapesDefenses says: Aug 6, 2010 10:05 PM

    “I think he came in unprepared for how educated the players were going to be”
    ————-
    Ummm, 80% of these players would be doing menial jobs like gathering carts at Target or founding a football blog on the internet. They need to STFU!

  13. numberfour says: Aug 6, 2010 10:07 PM

    despite my complaints on roger… he is more qualified for his job or osamabama’s job than osamabama is.

  14. Brewster says: Aug 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    A liason? Isn’t that a synonom for a prostitute?
    A liason? After all the hard talk about cleaning up the league and restoring character. A liason, how about King Goodell handing down verdicts.
    Goodell is missing his calling, being a (scumbag) politician like his father, although politicians weren’t held in such low esteem then as they are now.
    Grow some balls boy and call like it is, you are the owners lackey and are extremely well paid for being so.
    At least Paul Tagliabue kept a low profile and didn’t pretend to be a King.

  15. uwannago says: Aug 6, 2010 10:56 PM

    Owners can hold out longer then players. Its happened before and it will happen again. Those scab games were pretty fun in the 80′s. The stadiums were 1/2 full but the bars were jammed and the bookie was still taking bets.

  16. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 6, 2010 11:23 PM

    Nazi Goodell.

  17. Roger Goodell's a tool. says: Aug 6, 2010 11:51 PM

    See my name.

  18. In & Out Burger says: Aug 7, 2010 12:07 AM

    @donnybrook
    Lets not get political on here. If you are going to get political say something smart. Whether you like or hate what Obama is doing, he has done a lot. That by NO means makes him a good president, I’m just saying if you want anyone to take your opinion seriously, particularly when your comment isn’t relevant, then try to say something a little smarter than that.

  19. The Devil says: Aug 7, 2010 1:01 AM

    FAKE IS FAKE
    3 years ago – FAKE PLAYED WELL IN AMERICA
    since reality set in and things are tough… FAKE IS EASY to sniff out
    GOODELL, your days are numbered! you are one of the fakest people i have seen – along with Johh McCain – McCain has a lot of money to buy the election from Hayworth – what is your trump card?
    FAKER

  20. football311 says: Aug 7, 2010 3:26 AM

    cowboyup says:
    August 6, 2010 7:05 PM
    Man Fck Roger Goodell that racist azzz motherfcker!
    Yes! Clearly anyone who doesn’t share your viewpoint is racist… It’s a shame where people’s heads are these days.

  21. Corey says: Aug 7, 2010 7:38 AM

    what a joke this man is. the players are the only slightly attractive part of the nfl. without players, no league. the packers prove every day that an “owner” isn’t exactly necessary. say instead of investing in the packers, people could invest in the nfl and that’s where shared revenue came from…
    oh but wait, then who could lock the players out

  22. connie says: Aug 7, 2010 7:45 AM

    move da chains i’m from pittsburgh
    so you tell me who you think i’m a fan of.
    NOT BEN

  23. Bigbluefan says: Aug 7, 2010 10:26 AM

    He is the boss the players are the works STFU and cash your checks
    Or do the other job your able to and get on the back of the trash truck
    What a bunch of crybaby millionaires
    The players have to stop thinking they are all that if all the super stars went away tomorrow a new batch would be right there to take there place for half the money

  24. sandy70 says: Aug 7, 2010 9:50 PM

    Citizen Strange says:
    Football is too violent and brutal for an 18 games plus possible playoffs season.
    The owners are greedy pigs who are ready willing and able to kill the golden goose. Goodell is just their almost cartoonishly evil talking puppet.
    The owners don’t care about fans or players or anything besides MONEY. Is there anybody whoe doesn’t understand this?
    ————————————————-
    Ironically enough, the first time somebody’s team gets a penalty for a blow to the head or a late hit, they’ll whine and bitch about how football is supposed to be violent. And then whine and bitch some more when football season is over.
    And as far as 18 games being too many, they said the same thing when the schedule went from 14 to 16 games. Nothing really changes, just the degree of how much people whine about it 24/7.
    If the players got two extra paychecks, this wouldn’t be an issue. But its only the owners who are “greedy pigs ready to kill the golden goose.” I think its you that doesn’t get it, my friend.

  25. shallowfan says: Aug 9, 2010 11:22 AM

    “I mean, that’s almost like a slap in the face to our intelligence,” Waters said. “We know the owners are paying him. Don’t take us for granted as far as our understanding of what’s going on here.”
    Last time I checked the owners were paying you too…

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