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Derrick Mason: I don’t think any players disagreed with me on Goodell

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Ravens receiver Derrick Mason made some pointed comments about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently, referring to Goodell as “a joke.” And Mason isn’t backing down.

Mason appeared on ESPN2 this morning wearing a shirt with “A JOKE” printed on it, and he said that NFL players are unanimous in backing him on what he said about Goodell.

“I don’t think anybody disagreed with me,” Mason said. “Anybody that understands what’s been going on in the game of football, on the inside, not just on the outside but anyone that’s been in it, they understand that. Honestly — I’m not saying this to disrespect him in any way — what has he done for the game of football to move it forward? Everything that has been done has been done by Pete Rozelle, [Paul] Tagliabue, people that came before him. But the thing is, he hasn’t done anything significant to change the game of football.”

Although Mason said repeatedly that he wasn’t trying to disrespect Goodell personally, it sure doesn’t sound like he has much respect for Goodell. Mason is particularly bothered that Goodell is insisting on blood tests for human growth hormone, which Mason views as too intrusive and a distraction from the league’s real labor issues.

And Mason had one parting piece of advice for rookies who are welcomed to the NFL by Goodell at the draft: “Once you shake his hand, now you become the guy on the other side.”

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54 Responses to “Derrick Mason: I don’t think any players disagreed with me on Goodell”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Apr 12, 2011 10:50 AM

    He needs some Jim McMahon style headbands and stuff. And maybe Mr T at his back throwing in the occasional “I pity the fool.”

  2. bsizemore68 says: Apr 12, 2011 10:51 AM

    Once again this player shows that there is no cure for stupid, at some time one would think that theses guys would wise up. Bill

  3. sakatak says: Apr 12, 2011 10:53 AM

    Dear Derrick,
    You are talking your way out of the NFL.
    Sincerely,
    Roger

  4. massappeal12345 says: Apr 12, 2011 10:58 AM

    The man doth protest too much, methinks.

  5. fordwuzanazi says: Apr 12, 2011 11:00 AM

    Sorry to say but the joke is on you, Mason. Goodell brought up the testing b/c he knows the players will be dead set against it and he would get this reaction from some of them. Mason’s reaction is bad PR for the players which is good for owner sympathy, but you and I know that if the owners wanted stronger testing procedures this would have been an issue from the word go. Anyone close to Pro football locker rooms or Colleges for that matter knows PED’s are embedded in the football culture and the owners are well aware of this. Just like they were in baseball.

  6. thelockoutbeard says: Apr 12, 2011 11:02 AM

    I disagree with Mason. If you are working out a new labor agreement. You should work not only on the issues that the players want but also issues the owners want. HGH is a serious issue in all sports and not just in football. I think it is a reasonable request to try and get testing for this drug!

    Also by calling out the young players who are going to be joining the league in this draft, this is their moment of fame and pride making it to the NFL. You cant take that away from them by not having them welcomed into the league the way every other player was.

    The Lockout continues! As the lockout grows on, so does my beard! I am growing a lockout beard and am not shaving until they start playing. Follow me on twitter @TheLockoutBeard

    -The Lockout Beard-

  7. MinnesnowtaJagsFan says: Apr 12, 2011 11:02 AM

    Derrick Mason is a joke…as evidenced by all of the players lining up to agree with him.

  8. chapnastier says: Apr 12, 2011 11:03 AM

    It took a while but an idiot player has said something else. To think I was actually hopeful for an agreement through mediation. Keep it up you fading has been.

  9. duster1982 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:06 AM

    Did his shirt by any chance have an arrow on it pointing up??

  10. kingjoe1 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:06 AM

    Well whooop-de-do. Great Derrick, you have just said every NFL is an immature A-hole who cant have a business negotiation with reverting to name calling. I am sure all NFL players are proud now.

  11. fltharley says: Apr 12, 2011 11:08 AM

    derrick mason is right roger goodell is a joke. a bad joke on people who like the sport goodell wants to take all hits away and make it a pass and catch track meet so he and his owners can keep increasing the number of games so they can stuff more money in there pockets. anyone who makes as much money a year as the nfl owners and they arnt happy with it in this economy is a joke. and we the fans should boycott until the owners wake up. dont watch the draft turn it off dont watch the nfl channel send a message to the owners where not going to keep spending our money on this kind of treatment. i hope roger goodell is booed off the stage. at the draft

  12. saberstud75 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Yeah, I don’t mean any disrespect to Mason, but he is a joke.

    I bet all 36 year old WRs are against not testing for HGH as well for a reason.

    Comments from players in the media might bother me if any player in the media has presented a logical agrument.

  13. broncobeta says: Apr 12, 2011 11:14 AM

    After watching him drop so many balls over the past few years I seriously thought he was referring to himself.

    The joke is on you Derrick, you make millions to play a little game that can be taken away from you and there’s nothing you can do about it. Go get a real job and see how the rest of the world works.

  14. bukes111 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:18 AM

    Mason’s got to shut up. You obviously don’t respect the guy. And he esentually labeled any rookie willing to shake Goodell’s hand a scab.

    Goodell’s grade is an incomplete for now with his legacy hinging on the result of the labor impasse. He’s done a great job with the code of conduct rules. It’s a nice attempt at cleaning up the league. However I’m not crazy about some of the rule changes he’s implementing to protect the players.

    Either way, Mason’s got to quit the name calling, shut up, take your HGH so you can salvage another year of your career and let your lawyers negotiate.

  15. duanethomas says: Apr 12, 2011 11:19 AM

    He’s right in the sense Goodell hasnt done anything yet, except be a enforcer. This lockout/ CBA fight will determine his tenure as commissioner. If the owners are happy with the new CBA then he will be a long term guy, if not Fay Vincent.

  16. mick730 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:20 AM

    “Once you shake his hand, now you become the guy on the other side.”

    This is just incredibly immature. As somebody posted a few days ago, these players may physically be adults, but mentally, they’re teenagers.

    I don’t care for Goodell either primarily because I don’t want the NFL to expand overseas, I don’t want a 18 game season, and I don’t like how he has tried to turn the NFL into flag football. But Mason and the rest need to get a clue as well as grow up; it isn’t Goodell who is leading the owners on their strategy; he’s along for the ride. He’s an employee of the owners, nothing more.

  17. packerrube13 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:22 AM

    Just shut up Derrick Mason. No one cares what you have to say.

    And yes Goodell is a joke, we all know that.

  18. olcap says: Apr 12, 2011 11:22 AM

    Mason is absolutely right, except he could go one step further than simply saying Goodell hasn’t done anything to move pro football forward; Goodell has moved pro football to the brink of destruction.

    Waht do you expect from a whiny little senator’s boy?

  19. jamesinthed says: Apr 12, 2011 11:23 AM

    Who is the joke?

  20. dmarek says: Apr 12, 2011 11:23 AM

    Easy for Mason to say as he was probably not welcomed to the league with a handshake as a 4th rounder. Your first move as a top draft pick should be to acknowledge gratitude and respect to the league for having you.

  21. greengoldcheese says: Apr 12, 2011 11:24 AM

    “what has he done for the game of football to move it forward?”

    Closed Caption to Derrick Mason: Goodell has been cleaning up all the tomfoolery and skulldugery in the league that the other commissioners hadn’t – i.e Pac-man Jones, Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress. And guess what? A part of the “clean up” process includes weeding out the players that are juiced up. That makes the game of football better and when it is better it moves forward.

  22. sagnam says: Apr 12, 2011 11:25 AM

    It’s awesome that Mason was wearing a shirt that said A Joke, because that what he is.

  23. commoncents says: Apr 12, 2011 11:29 AM

    I don’t have much use for Goodell either but since when is it the commissioners job to change the game of football.

    Also, it is a drug free league Derrick, if you don’t like it, do something else! Gymnasts are checked for HGH Derrick, i think you can handle it…or do you think we should just take your word your not on it?

  24. Woody says: Apr 12, 2011 11:31 AM

    The best line came when he was talking about the labor situation and money. He said the game was like an ATM machine and was never going to stop spitting out money.

    Yea, this is going to be resolved soon…..

  25. aevans05 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:34 AM

    Why do my comments keep getting deleted…

    Anyway. I saw this moron on ESPN with his tee-shirt trying to preach how fans come to watch star players play (not the team, but players) I had to change the channel.

    This low class, spoiled brat attitude is a perfect example of why the NFL is the mess it is right now.

    Dear Mr. Mason, we like watching star players… but ultimately we watch for our team. I would rather win it all with a team full of no-names then lose with “stars”. The current stance and attitude of the players makes us as fans care much less about “stars”. Get over yourself, change your corny tee-shirt.

  26. davem23 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:39 AM

    Manny Ramirez agrees, there should be no testing in any pro sport!

  27. bobwhitequail says: Apr 12, 2011 11:41 AM

    I love it when guys like this say they are speaking for all players. Really? Isn’t there like 1700 of them?

    Not all players are as desperate to keep the NFL’s current lax steroid and drug policy as Mason is. I guess some guys just need it so bad they will say anything.

  28. redgreen3b1 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:42 AM

    From what I see. The fans on this site need 2 wake up. The owners & Badell r the only people taking the game away from us. The players can’t. Even with a strike they can’t. Replacement players. Wake up the owners opted out not the players!

  29. footballisking says: Apr 12, 2011 11:43 AM

    the comments on this site used to be awesome to read..but ever since the lockout this site has been taken over by league and owner interns

    because I swear on anything the number of posts saying that they want “scab” players and endorsing roger goodell…finding anyone that shares those feeling outside of the owners and the leagues interns is not possible

  30. hamdog69 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:44 AM

    Somewhere Drew Bress is holding is index finger up and chanting we are one and sex, drugs, and rock n roll for everyone!

  31. angrycorgi says: Apr 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    Derrick,

    You must understand, “no comment” doesn’t equal “we support Derrick Mason’s opinion”. I bet if Goodell came out and said, “Derrick Mason is a complete moron”, then those same players would still offer “no comment”. But that wouldn’t happen. Goodell has enough class to not trash people, especially publicly…Derrick Mason — not so much.

  32. duanethomas says: Apr 12, 2011 11:57 AM

    dmarek says:
    Apr 12, 2011 11:23 AM
    Easy for Mason to say as he was probably not welcomed to the league with a handshake as a 4th rounder. Your first move as a top draft pick should be to acknowledge gratitude and respect to the league for having you.

    Derrick Mason knows going across that stage amounts to a hill of beans. Some players get so caught up to the point, thats the highlight of their NFL career. You show gratitude and respect by becoming a productive player to the team that drafts you that high. 1997 draft.
    Darrel Russell
    Peter Boulware
    Bryant Westbrook
    Ike Hillard…All Shook the comissioners hand on that stage. Think they would like to trade careers with Mason?

  33. pixelito says: Apr 12, 2011 11:59 AM

    I’d like to hear what real football players have to say about Goodell, instead of this has been who everyone thought retired years ago.

  34. childressrulz says: Apr 12, 2011 12:08 PM

    I almost always agree with the commissioner. I liked the way he cracks down on problems like Pac-man Jones. That said he should lay off the HGH testing. All steroids should be legal in football. I don’t get why the comish and the owners care about it at all. Lets just do what we always do. Let the players destroy themselves. They will make plenty of money in the end if they play long enough. However they should have to sign a waiver saying that they understand the health risks involved with playing professional level football.

  35. Kave Krew says: Apr 12, 2011 12:37 PM

    I heard him on ESPN Radio – he sounded like a complete idiot. The hosts were too stunned that someone could be such a buffoon that they didn’t know where to go next with the interview.

  36. steeelfann says: Apr 12, 2011 12:50 PM

    The more I hear Derrick Mason talk, the more stupid I think he is (I have heard him speak way too much);

    I think maybe the best way Derrick Mason can be summed up is this:

    Baltimore at Pittsburgh Playoff Game: January 2011

    Derrick Mason Stats:

    Catches: 0
    Yards: 0
    TD’s: 0

    Maybe if would shut his mouth and practice his craft, he might be able to actually contribute to his team. Loser.

  37. bobwhitequail says: Apr 12, 2011 12:50 PM

    re: “the comments on this site used to be awesome to read..but ever since the lockout this site has been taken over by league and owner interns

    because I swear on anything the number of posts saying that they want “scab” players and endorsing roger goodell…finding anyone that shares those feeling outside of the owners and the leagues interns is not possible”

    Hey buddy guess what? The same people who read this site now are the same as they were before. You just can’t believe that so many people thin different than you.

    I want them to try like heck to get a deal done but if at the end of the day the palyers are dead set on suing for results, rather than negotiating, there is no way mediation can be successful. In that case I think the NFl should start 2011 with scabs and invite every single current and future player to play based on the last, best offer form the nfl. Those that want to play will play. Those that don’t want to, won’t. We’ll have football and I’ll bet 98% of the new drafted players will play in 2011.

  38. kellyb9 says: Apr 12, 2011 1:06 PM

    @pixelito – I think real football players are smart enough to keep their mouths shut. The labor agreement is as much as PR struggle as it is a legal one, and you don’t garner sympathy for your side by sounding like a moron.

  39. NFLJunkie says: Apr 12, 2011 1:10 PM

    Mason’s been hanging around Ray Lewis and his nonsensical “I won’t disrespect the other team but I don’t respect them” semantics for way too long.

  40. realitypolice says: Apr 12, 2011 1:20 PM

    How staggeringly stupid do you have to be to wear a T-Shirt calling someone a joke, accuse them of being completely incompetent at their job, and call dishonest and unethical (saying that bringing up drug testing was a ploy to distract from the real issues), and then say “no disrespect intended”.

    But for anyone saying this will somehow affect the negotiations, settle down. The settlement of this situation is not going to rise or fall on the basis of whether Roger Goodell cares what the players think of him.

  41. clalesh says: Apr 12, 2011 1:34 PM

    I am a Steelers fan, that being said I will stand behind mason on this. Goodell is a piece of sh*t and deserves no respect. He will run this game into the ground. I respect Mason for not being pc and saying whats on his mind instead of what he is “Supposed to say”.

  42. CKL says: Apr 12, 2011 1:37 PM

    angrycorgi says:
    Apr 12, 2011 11:51 AM
    Derrick,

    You must understand, “no comment” doesn’t equal “we support Derrick Mason’s opinion”. I bet if Goodell came out and said, “Derrick Mason is a complete moron”, then those same players would still offer “no comment”. But that wouldn’t happen. Goodell has enough class to not trash people, especially publicly…Derrick Mason — not so much.

    ___________________________________
    I usually like your posts and you seem to be quite intelligent but I don’t agree with this one. Goodell had a very public, idiotic and nonsensical couple of swipes at Belichick and Ben Roethlisberger delivered conveniently long after (and in Belichick’s case long, long, long, LONG after)the fact of their issues in SI just this past year via a dopey ill timed hagiography of him. It was very, low class on his part. For a guy who speaks constantly of “holding coaches and front office people to a higher standard”, he showed himself with those quotes to be no better than some of the other involved parties taking personal swipes.

  43. melikefootball says: Apr 12, 2011 1:41 PM

    Another player who’s mouth over rides his brain. This is why so many fans are begining to see the light why the owners should not show their books to the players. This is a business and KIDS play the game as the owners employees.

  44. src3346 says: Apr 12, 2011 1:49 PM

    Derrick, You truely are the Turd in the punchbowl. Good luck in your next career.

  45. imongo says: Apr 12, 2011 2:11 PM

    Look forward to seeing him arrested for a drug offense.

  46. j0esixpack says: Apr 12, 2011 2:22 PM

    Actually I agree with Mason on this one.

    Everything Goodell does is dictated by PR and perception.

    The cardinal rule in the NFL is, forget about the rules – if an organization or a player embarrasses Goodell, prepare for a fine, lost draft pick, or suspension.

    No matter that NFL rules today still allow videotaping of plays and playcalling. If there’s a media cycle about the same practices pioneered by George Halas and Lamar Hunt going back to the 1950s, prepare to see a hefty fine and lost draft pick.

    And although everyone knows tampering rules are a joke, watch out because Goodell will make some team a sacrificial lamb each year, revoking a draft pick to make it appear to the general public that he’s in control.

    And as far as negotiations on a CBA go, to this point it’s been ALL PR posturing with no progress to show. Goodell and the players alike deserve blame for that one – and the fans should make a point of not playing along in the blame game and pushing both sides to forge an agreement.

  47. abninf says: Apr 12, 2011 2:40 PM

    Union members of all types are the same. Hateful, immature, making up t-shirts with stupid quotes, ect. Next Mason will be protesting at RG’s office and getting dragged away by police for a photo op.

  48. eddeevee says: Apr 12, 2011 2:57 PM

    Goodell is a joke. Dont forget, he;
    1. Bungled Spygate. He got rid of the evidence and let Belicheck off easy.
    2. Let Roethlisberger off easy. Yet suspends Santonio Holmes for 4 games with realtively minor incident.
    3. Handled Favre with kid gloves and never punished him when he had all the evidence he needed.

    I can go on and on…. Derrick Mason is right!!

  49. mrjumpman23 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    All of you idiots taking the side of Rodger Goodell are jokes as well… If Peyton Manning and Tom Brady came out and said Goodell was a joke, you idiots would side with them, but because a minority player has spoken out, you guys have a problem with it… Mason is right, Goodell is a joke, what has he done for the NFL????? Instead of trying to get a deal done, he’s talking about drug testing… The players are the NFL, not the owners, or lawyers… Take away the players, and what would you idiots be cheering for, uniforms, and owners????? The players are right, with their positioning, this is a business, and aside from the teams, and owners, the players are the NFL…. The players suit up on sundays and practice for the fans, not the owners, or that joke of a commissioner, they sacrifice everything when they step on that field… Think about it!!!!!!

  50. thefiesty1 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:39 PM

    What an idiot. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

  51. 52crabcakes says: Apr 12, 2011 5:12 PM

    I have always thought Goodell is a joke!

  52. mrjumpman23 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:53 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Apr 12, 2011 4:39 PM
    What an idiot. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

    I guess you feel like Mason should be a good little slave and take whats offered to him…. You’re the idiot, you are disrespecting the person that keeps you entertained… Without the players, would you even be on this site????

  53. t1mmy10 says: Apr 12, 2011 8:03 PM

    god forbid we play 18 games due to safety concerns, but who cares about the side effects of HGH?

    talk about the pot calling the kettle black when the players criticize the owners for not caring about their safety. the players don’t even care about their own long term health.

  54. pluto62 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:11 AM

    Derrick Mason is a stooge, he’s not even a NFL caliber receiver, he sucks and drops more balls than he catches (except in the locker room where a “ball” has never slipped through his fingers). he’s running his mouth about something he doesn’t understand. drug testing has become part of every day life for 99% of the population. mason and about 1950 other players and practice squad members should accept the testing and keep their respective mouths shut. they play a GAME for a living and are paid very well compared to “the average joe”, who actually works for a living and has to be productive to keep their job. (unlike Derrick Mason ). the players are all a bunch of whiners who couldn’t survive in the real world, so don’t look to me or people like me for sympathy. take your yearly salaries ( that average people usually work for decades to earn) and shut up.

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