Kenny Britt says Commissioner didn’t “scold” him

AP

Titans receiver Kenny Britt went to New York on Tuesday for a meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell.  Though the earth moved under Kenny’s feet, the Commissioner’s finger didn’t wag in Britt’s face.

He didn’t scold me or anything.  He was happy — not happy that I was in there for those situations — but he’s a nice type of guy, a very likable guy,’’ Britt told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “We’ll find out sometime later this week what he decides to do.”

So what did you talk about, Kenny?

“He asked me questions about certain situations and I told him what happened,’’ Britt said.  “I think it went well.  I hope so.  I have a smile on my face, I am still breathing.  So everything is good.”

The meeting focused, presumably, on new incidents that occurred during the lockout.  And we continue to be deeply troubled by the NFL’s desire and willingness to punish players under the personal conduct policy for things that happened away from work at a time when all their time was away from work because they were being locked out.

Maybe Goodell won’t do anything to Britt or Tampa Bay’s Aqib Talib.  Maybe the goal is to simply scare them straight.  Hopefully, that’s all it is; if they get fined or suspended by the league for something that happened while they were locked out of work, they should sue everyone in sight.

18 responses to “Kenny Britt says Commissioner didn’t “scold” him

  1. “I think it went well. I hope so. I have a smile on my face, I am still breathing. So everything is good.”

    The idiot sounds like he thought he was going to get shot.

  2. I suspect both Britt and Talib were informed they are on a very short leash. The NFL doesn’t need the kind of bad press they produce.

  3. These two clowns were arrested and charged with crimes. We all know Goodell only suspends people over accusations, not real crimes.

    Besides, both of these guys are black position players. Only white QB’s get made examples of.

    My God, imagine if the shoe was on the other foot! There would be riots if a black player was suspended, but never charged with a crime while multiple white players were not punished for multiple arrests.

  4. wryly1 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:22 AM

    I suspect both Britt and Talib were informed they are on a very short leash. The NFL doesn’t need the kind of bad press they produce.
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    Sure, Kenny Britt if you get arrested 3 more times we are going to have to think about a 1 game suspension for you. Talib, if you shoot two more people, that might ‘tarnish the shield’ and we will give you 2 games off. That is Goodell’s version of a short leash for committing actual crimes. Now, get accused of something with no evidence or even charges when you are a white star QB, that is when Goodell is a tough guy.

  5. Mike, you sound like someone who, as a kid, got off scott-free every time you did something wrong and now you think everyone else should….wow. We wouldn’t want to give Goodell any leeway for a bit of common sensical discipline now would we- horror of horrors. Still love you tho Flo. 😉

  6. In the real world: So if you commit a crime during off hours, on vacation, etc. then you shouldn’t lose your job?

    I don’t think so.

  7. if they get fined or suspended by the league for something that happened while they were locked out of work, they should sue everyone in sight.
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    You,a lawyer and a reasoanbly intelligent person, amaze me Mike. Ken Britt- lockout or not – is an NFL player. He is known for – if anything – being an NFL football player. He represents – whether he is in the midst of a training camp, and NFL season, or the off season – the NFL, simply by his name, as an NFL football player.

    Anything Britt does, at ANY time- active or inactive – brings attention, and SHAME, to the NFL. He has a responsibility to the image of his employer, whether he is actively working or not.

    Just try doing something majorly stupid,illegal, and embarrassing that gets headlines while you are away on vacation, and see if NBC has the right to suspend or terminate you, even though you weren’t techinically “working” for them at the time.

    Britt’s “smiling” reaction to his meeting with Goodell proves that either Goodell was a feel-good “softy”, or that Britt clearly doesn’t get how much trouble he may be in.

    Guess which one my money is on ….

  8. Another absurdly legalistic view–that’s probably incorrect anyway. Can one honestly suggest that it was not KNOWN or KNOWABLE that violations during the lockout could have potential consequences AFTER the lockout? Given all the attention that was paid to the subject, I find that VERY hard to believe! And if a reasonable person would conclude that conduct during the lockout could potentially have consequences AFTER the lockout, it hardly seems reasonable that they should be able to rely on the position that they were technically not league employees (when it was clearly temporary), and but for said temporary status, consequences would be the norm. Stupid lawyers!

  9. So if Pryor can get suspended and he wasn’t even in the league, but Kenny shouldn’t and he should sue, should Pryor sue on the basis he wasn’t even in the league???

    Really is a no win situation. Either way someone isn’t gonna be happy with the outcome.

  10. If they get fined or suspended by the league for something that happened while they were locked out of work, they should sue everyone in sight.
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    The argument that you should be accountable to your employer when you’re on vacation doesn’t hold water because your vacation is voluntary, you’re still getting paid, and you know when you’re coming back. A better analogy would be if a player got into trouble while he was suspended from the NFL. That’s just like a lockout because you’re involuntarily being prevented from doing your job and you’re not getting paid. So by the logic above, you should be able to do whatever you want while you’re suspended without fear of reprisal from the NFL.

  11. Britt went on local television afterwards to describe his near death experience. About walking down a long dark passage which resembled a hallway, then being let into a room filled with a near blinding light that was similar to sun shining in a window. Meeting a man dressed in dark matching clothing with some sort of ceremonial scarf wrapped around his neck and hanging down the upper part of his body. Being set upon a throne like device which was very soft and conformed to his body and made of a supple leather like material. Then the man fixed him with piercing blue eyes and seemed to know his name without asking…..”Kenny….”, he said………

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