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Goodell says Shockey isn’t the whistleblower

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Five days after the NFL put analyst Warren Sapp on NFL Network to declare that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey blew the whistle on the team’s three-year bounty system, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on NFL Network that Shockey isn’t the whistleblower.

The comments came during a press conference held in connection with the annual league meetings.

Per multiple Twitter accounts of reporters who were covering the press conference, Goodell also took issue with Sapp’s use of the word “snitch” to describe the whistleblower.

Goodell said that NFL Network management will be responsible for imposing discipline, if any, on Sapp, subject to the possibility that Goodell would be asked to review any decision.  NFLN previously has said that Sapp won’t be fired, but the network would not address whether other possible penalties would apply.

“Just like anyone in the media, you’re held accountable for your statements and sources,” Goodell said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

A higher level of accountability applies here, given that the league needs to ensure that the whistleblower is protected from retaliations — for legal reasons, for business reasons, for safety reasons, and because it’s the right thing to do.

Over the weekend, we reported that Shockey has been meeting with lawyers, and that he’s “hell bent” on taking action of some kind against Sapp and/or the league.  The best outcome for everyone would be for a team to sign Shockey; a report emerged on Sunday that he could still land with the Panthers.

If no team is interested, Shockey could always apply at NFL Network.

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86 Responses to “Goodell says Shockey isn’t the whistleblower”
  1. bozosforall says: Mar 26, 2012 7:37 PM

    Took him long enough.

  2. johnnycash19 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:39 PM

    Did Goodell actually say that? Or are we implying it? Because I saw part of the press conference on NFL N, but I don’t remember him actually saying “Jeremy Shockey was not the whistle blower.”

    I could be wrong though.

  3. crippled4life says: Mar 26, 2012 7:40 PM

    Hey Sapp can you say lawsuit.

  4. skoobyfl says: Mar 26, 2012 7:41 PM

    Can Rogers’s ego even fit into a conference room ?

  5. hittfamily says: Mar 26, 2012 7:43 PM

    I hate how hip hop has imposed some stupid rule on doing the right thing. Turning in murderers to authorities isn’t “snitching”. Turning illegal business practices that endanger others isn’t “snitching”. Someone did the right thing here, and saved a few careers. The next time I hear the word snitch used, I hope it is the last time.

  6. glen1904 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:44 PM

    sick of these high profile players using “rat and snitch” like they are some hard guys. you would think Sapp would grow up a little but I guess he will always be a punk.

  7. lostsok says: Mar 26, 2012 7:45 PM

    Shockey should sue Sapp to the tune of a dollar for each of Sapp’s IQ points.

    He could buy a six pack of Old Milwaukee.

  8. jackntorres says: Mar 26, 2012 7:46 PM

    This coming from the guy who said he found no evidence of any teams other than the Saints using pay-for-performance.

    Packers
    Redskins
    Ravens
    Bills
    Titans
    The list goes on…

  9. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 26, 2012 7:49 PM

    But he did say that Shockey is an overrated tool.

  10. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:49 PM

    sapp is the real “whistleblower” in all of this. for a former player to rat out a player who is helping get rid of bounties? you’re trash sapp.

  11. usuallysneeringatyou says: Mar 26, 2012 7:49 PM

    “Just like anyone in the media…”?
    Oh – so then Sapp WON’T be held accountable, nor be accountable, for anything, in any way.
    And in fact, will be rewarded, by his employer and the entire body of his colleagues and peers, for telling sensational lies, distorting the truth, and behaving viciously toward unworthy human beings, in order to gain readership and pageviews and mouseclicks, and advance the only worthy agenda.
    Got it.

  12. jiggy3198 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:49 PM

    That fat piece of garbage warren sapp should be fired and sued for all he is worth for calling him a snitch and saying he was whistle blower he should be be made to tell his source and he should be sued. Complete travisrt

  13. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    That’s exactly what he’d say if shockey was the whistleblower.

  14. hendawg21 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:52 PM

    Oh yeah right Roger…this from a commish who stated the cowboys and skins did nothing wrong but yet still stuck it to them you liar…what kind of law did you study convict the innocent and free the guilty???

  15. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 26, 2012 7:52 PM

    It’s not like there’s a shortage of dumb former jocks available to take Sapp’s air time. Why do they even hesitate?

  16. 513guy says: Mar 26, 2012 7:52 PM

    I hate any story that results in Shockey, Sapp and Goddell opening their mouths. Damn you Spygate

  17. pftstory says: Mar 26, 2012 7:53 PM

    It is right to keep the whistleblowers identity under wraps. So we are told here.
    If PFT heard who is was before anyone else would they post it? How fast will the post the name after someone else does?

  18. gb4mn0 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    Why would the NFLN keep Crapp on the payroll? To a large degree he’s lost his credibility. Moving forward every remark he makes will be met with skepticism. If he was white he’d already be gone.

  19. nfl1818 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:58 PM

    How long does sapp stay employed ?

  20. pftrocks says: Mar 26, 2012 7:59 PM

    Im suprised the Steelers were not added to the Bounty list after the greatest body slam in NFL history—

    This coming from the guy who said he found no evidence of any teams other than the Saints using pay-for-performance.

    Packers
    Redskins
    Ravens
    Bills
    Titans
    The list goes on…

  21. iggles20 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:02 PM

    <<>>

    That’s the fault of hip hop? Really? Cause gangster movies of the 1930s and 1940s were so kind to “rats”. Or the Oscar winning film “The Departed”.

    But by all means, let’s blame hip hop for people calling folks snitches and rats!/sarcasm

  22. mancave001 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:03 PM

    At last, our long national nightmare is over.

  23. arm57romg says: Mar 26, 2012 8:05 PM

    So, when we find out Goodell is lying, will he be suspended for a year and docked $46 million?

  24. eugenesaxe says: Mar 26, 2012 8:05 PM

    “Just like anyone in the media, you’re held accountable for your statements and sources,”

    Yet Sapp still has a job.

    Shockey should sue, and Sapp should be out on the street. You see, now SAPP is the “snitch”, and snitches get stitches, right Sapp? And unlike Shockey, we have proof of Sapp doing it on tape.

  25. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:07 PM

    hittfamily says: Mar 26, 2012 7:43 PM

    I hate how hip hop has imposed some stupid rule on doing the right thing. Turning in murderers to authorities isn’t “snitching”. Turning illegal business practices that endanger others isn’t “snitching”. Someone did the right thing here, and saved a few careers. The next time I hear the word snitch used, I hope it is the last time.
    ===================================

    Hip hop culture to blame? Certainly, it couldn’t have anything to do with hundreds of years of violent American History where snitches were hanged, burned at the stake in the 1700’s, shot by firing squads, lynched/hanged, contract hits by Italian mafias, stories of violence to snitches in old folk songs or regional American outdoorsmen folklore, then later glorified in nearly every genre of American film from James Cagney to Samuel L. Jackson?

    No…it has to be all hip hop’s fault.

  26. tres79 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:08 PM

    Sure hope he isn’t lying.

  27. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:10 PM

    Warren “big worm” sapp …lol

  28. hittfamily says: Mar 26, 2012 8:11 PM

    <>

    That’s the fault of hip hop? Really? Cause gangster movies of the 1930s and 1940s were so kind to “rats”. Or the Oscar winning film “The Departed”.

    Ummm. You do realize those are the bad guys right?

  29. hittfamily says: Mar 26, 2012 8:15 PM

    wetpaperbag3 :

    The “stop snitching” campaign is directly linked to hip hop. All those groups you pointed to had reasons to want to stop snitching: They were directly involved with illegal dealings and benefitted by silencing those who dare to stand up to them.

    The modern day “stop snitching” campaign being perpetrated says never help authorities. No one benefits, and all suffer.

  30. numba1recx19 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:16 PM

    If I were Sapp, I would say say “SNIIITCH” Shockeys a little B*T(H

  31. snoopyjoecool says: Mar 26, 2012 8:17 PM

    The harder Shockey denies it and now Goodell denying it, the more I think it was him. If he were closer to retirement I’d say, admit it, get someone to write a book for you about it and go on tour talking about it.

  32. thraiderskin says: Mar 26, 2012 8:19 PM

    wetpaperbag3

    Nope, pretty sure it came to light in the more URBAN areas of the country, backed by a hip-hop culture who glorified crime and drug use and sales, then threatens to shut you up PERMANENTLY for telling authorities of its presense. I believe it came to the forefront when a certain NBA star posed in a video to let all the public know “quite snitching,” while surrounded by a bunch of his “BOYZ” who had wrap sheets the length of an NFL endzone. Reality is what it is, sorry if it offends some.

  33. thraiderskin says: Mar 26, 2012 8:20 PM

    quite=quit

  34. opie333 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:22 PM

    Shocked is God ell’s bitch!

  35. kingfish4242 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:27 PM

    arm57romg says:
    Mar 26, 2012 8:05 PM
    So, when we find out Goodell is lying, will he be suspended for a year and docked $46 million?

    I can’t believe this got 2 thumbs down. This is beautiful sarcasm and i’m still laughing.

    Good job

  36. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 26, 2012 8:31 PM

    Like Goodell would say otherwise. If Shockey really is the informant then of course Goodell would say that to protect him.

    So Goodell has a problem with the word “snitch”? I guess he doesn’t have a problem with Shockey using the word “rat” to describe the informant in his texts with Payton.

    If there was a market for it, I could make an extremely comfortable living busting Roger Goodell on all his hypocrisy and contradictions. he gives me fresh material daily.

  37. kingfish4242 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:34 PM

    Fwiw, I’m a Saints fan and don’t believe it was Shockey either. There are a few reasons why.

    1. He has a solid friendship with Sean payton. That was proven in the tweets by both in the days that followed the punishment.

    2. Shockey was part of a Bounty program that wasn’t a very well kept secret while playing at the U. It’s hard to believe someone who came up in that culture to commit the cardinal sin against it.

    3. he was in the offensive meetings on Sat Night When all the planning and payouts went on in the defensive meetings led by Gregg Williams.

    I have my belief,but obviously have zero proof,so I will not drop a name. Think former defensive player who was released,thinks he can still play,and is bitter about it.

  38. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    All that time and effort Fatt Sapp spent mugging, pandering, and giggling at his own jokes, and he comes out of it with a lower likablility quotient than Jeremy Shockey. Wow.

  39. eyeh8goodell says: Mar 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    Im suprised the Steelers were not added to the Bounty list after the greatest body slam in NFL history—

    ——————

    I’m surprised you’re not enthusiastically watching Sleepless in Seattle with your wife…….since you’re obviously extremely delicate.

  40. nokoolaidcowboy says: Mar 26, 2012 8:36 PM

    Tell Warren Sapp to shut his pie hole and use some of that deodorant he peddles.

  41. rexismybff says: Mar 26, 2012 8:37 PM

    Owning the media outlet that covers your sport??

    What a great idea!!

    NOT

    Godell – how is it that you are SOOO smart, and yet at the same time you are dumber than my Labrador Retriever???

  42. bigbluecrew420 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:39 PM

    I watched the whole press conference Roger never said shockey was not the snitch nor did he even imply that

  43. discosucs2005 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:40 PM

    “hittfamily says:
    Mar 26, 2012 8:11 PM

    That’s the fault of hip hop? Really? Cause gangster movies of the 1930s and 1940s were so kind to “rats”. Or the Oscar winning film “The Departed”.

    Ummm. You do realize those are the bad guys right?”
    ______________________________________________________________

    Yeah, because no one ever idolizes the bad guy…

    You’re too stupid to argue with. Don’t bother responding. You go ahead and think hip hop is to blame. You’re probably the type of person who is going to blame violent TV shows and video games when your kids turn out like failures.

  44. dolphins4 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:40 PM

    Sapp is an idiot.

  45. cj1saintman says: Mar 26, 2012 8:42 PM

    Shut up Goodell!! Like you would really say if Shockey was or not the whistleblower!!

  46. jenniferxxx says: Mar 26, 2012 8:48 PM

    Junkie Shockey needs money.

  47. hittfamily says: Mar 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    discosucs2005 :You’re too stupid to argue with. Don’t bother responding. You go ahead and think hip hop is to blame. You’re probably the type of person who is going to blame violent TV shows and video games when your kids turn out like failures.
    —————————————————-
    I’m too stupid to argue with, and yet you respond? Which one of us is too stupid again?
    Put the Tu Pac CD on and light up a blunt. Make sure you clean up the apartment before your mom gets home though.

  48. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:59 PM

    Reggie Bush.

    there you have it.

  49. purplebleeder says: Mar 26, 2012 8:59 PM

    Imagine if this comment came from a white analyst.
    Sapp should get fired. He has always been a loud mouth.

  50. jimiinpa says: Mar 26, 2012 9:06 PM

    can you imagine if shockey was black and sapp was white , what would be the fallout then?

  51. autumnwind999 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:09 PM

    I think the NFL does a surprisingly good job of treating NFLN as a separate entity. Sapp aside, it’s a really good network and not a puppet of the league.

  52. laeaglefan says: Mar 26, 2012 9:13 PM

    That would be funny if NFL Network had to give Shockey a job to stop Shockey from suing them!

  53. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:18 PM

    So Sapp snitched on the snitch, and I’m pretty sure that Vilma is the one who snitched to Sapp about the snitch…if you all follow me.

  54. jtdapit50 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:27 PM

    Okay okay so shockey isn’t the snitch…. Instead he’s a cry baby.

  55. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Mar 26, 2012 9:33 PM

    i got over the fact that every single stains fan says “the stains weren’t the only team to be doing this, you know. they’re just the ones who got caught”. a long time ago, but i guess i’m still amazed by how bad of losers they are about this. i mean, they had decades of practice….

  56. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:46 PM

    hittfamily says: Mar 26, 2012 8:53 PM

    discosucs2005 :You’re too stupid to argue with. Don’t bother responding. You go ahead and think hip hop is to blame. You’re probably the type of person who is going to blame violent TV shows and video games when your kids turn out like failures.
    —————————————————-
    I’m too stupid to argue with, and yet you respond? Which one of us is too stupid again?
    Put the Tu Pac CD on and light up a blunt. Make sure you clean up the apartment before your mom gets home though.
    ===============================
    ===============================

    How about put in a Motorhead CD (play the track “Traitor”), drink some 151 poof alcohol shots, bang your head on the table.

  57. ltcpain75 says: Mar 26, 2012 9:52 PM

    Sapps in big trouble. Who would think it?

  58. raiderinva says: Mar 26, 2012 9:57 PM

    johnnycash19 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:39 PM

    Did Goodell actually say that? Or are we implying it? Because I saw part of the press conference on NFL N, but I don’t remember him actually saying “Jeremy Shockey was not the whistle blower.”

    johnnycash19…
    I heard the same press conference and I also was thinking the same thing when I read this story. I honestly believe that Mike is trying to steer this story and create something in my honest opinion.

    I am actually kind of shocked at the twist to honest. I expect better, or maybe I should pay better attention to what is posted here?

  59. juliusanonymous says: Mar 26, 2012 10:04 PM

    No need to fire or discipline Sapp. Thanks to Goodell, he’ll be feeling the pain in his bank account pretty soon.

    Maybe next time he’ll take a few seconds to think before opening his big mouth. That’s pretty unlikely, though.

  60. prettyboyjd says: Mar 26, 2012 10:15 PM

    I hate how hip hop has imposed some stupid rule on doing the right thing. Turning in murderers to authorities isn’t “snitching”. Turning illegal business practices that endanger others isn’t “snitching”. Someone did the right thing here, and saved a few careers. The next time I hear the word snitch used, I hope it is the last time.

    __________________________________

    Not hip hop, try old mafia guys! Quick to blame hip hop…check your own first!

  61. sdffa11 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:16 PM

    anyone who would believe warren sapp has breaking news is an idiot to begin with.

  62. getchapopcornready says: Mar 26, 2012 10:33 PM

    Nice job by the commish for getting Shockey off the hook denying he was an official whistleblower, but I kinda feel the denial is akin to Clinton’s famous “I did not have sex with Ms. Lewinsky”

  63. j0esixpack says: Mar 26, 2012 10:50 PM

    How can they punish Sapp when Peyton Manning made clear that “he’d kill a snitch”

    – it’s right there at 1:43

  64. goodlookingmonkey says: Mar 26, 2012 11:02 PM

    Sapp sucks. Most overrated NFL player of all time. Plus hes a liar. He has no ethics, morals, or honor. He should take a lesson from a pristine player like Willie McGinest. Now that was a great defensive player.

    Who’s a liar?
    Sapp.
    Bingo.

  65. fafaflunky says: Mar 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    Ignorance is bliss

  66. goldsteel says: Mar 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    pftrocks says: Mar 26, 2012 7:59 PM

    Im suprised the Steelers were not added to the Bounty list after the greatest body slam in NFL history—
    ———————————————————————
    I was waiting for the Steelers to be dragged into this argument. As a Steelers fan, I know that if the Steelers were allowed to play the way they should, the Steelers will be happy to beat the crap out of any team you can think of for NOTHING! IT’S CALLED FOOTBALL!

    As far as Shockey is concerned, he’s a mediocre player that no one trusts. Would you want a suspected snitch on your team? Someone that will go cry to the Commissioner whenever he doesn’t get what he wants. Anytime someone talks about lawyers the Commissioner feels he has to step in to “fix” the problem. This isn’t football. It’s Kabuki theater.

  67. howardforvezina says: Mar 26, 2012 11:30 PM

    Telling someone is important to save careers. Why are people wimps these days with anonymous sources and not having the courage to say they did it or said it. Man Up America!

  68. chawk12thman says: Mar 26, 2012 11:42 PM

    What did the Commissioner say exactly? Haven’t heard nor seen in writing that Shockey is not the whistlerblower.

  69. fafaflunky says: Mar 26, 2012 11:57 PM

    Steelers fans angry and annoying

  70. rajbais says: Mar 27, 2012 12:00 AM

    Ok Roger!!!

    You suspended the Saints’ coaches!!!

    Now, suspend Sapp!!!! Teach him that he CANNOT be that irresponsible!!!!

  71. hittfamily says: Mar 27, 2012 12:07 AM

    prettyboyjd says:
    Mar 26, 2012 10:15 PM

    Not hip hop, try old mafia guys! Quick to blame hip hop…check your own first!
    —————————————————
    Check my own first? My own as in white people? I never made this a race issue. Not all black people ascribe to live the hip hop lifestyle. I am attacking the hip hop lifestyle, not black people. I would appreciate you not attacking me for the color of my skin, as I have not attacked you for the color of yours.

  72. redstatedave says: Mar 27, 2012 12:12 AM

    Warren Sapp ate the last clue he encountered. What an idiot. Now he squirm his fat butt in the defendant’s chair and see how it feels.

  73. stercuilus65 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:10 AM

    crippled4life says: Mar 26, 2012 7:40 PM

    “Hey Sapp can you say lawsuit.”
    —————
    Say it? hell he can’t even spell it!

  74. rabbdogg says: Mar 27, 2012 5:08 AM

    stop snitching

  75. insider7 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:34 AM

    Being the sharp lawyer that he is, Goodell will probably wait for the damning revelations about Sapp to come out in sworn testimony in the course of the lawsuit before firing Sapp. That way, he and the NFL have rock-solid, iron-clad defenses to any frivolous suit filed by Sapp for wrongful termination.

    Sapp will probably just resign his position anyway, knowing that he has no choice.

  76. sudz28 says: Mar 27, 2012 6:07 AM

    @pftrocks:
    Thanks for sharing that link, I had totally forgotten about that AWESOME football gang-tackle by the beloved Steelers! Made my morning to watch it. I have no clue what it has to do with bounties or the topic at hand, but great clip.

    GO STEELERS!!

  77. banfootball4life says: Mar 27, 2012 7:22 AM

    Goodell: Shockey is not…I repeat not the decent human being who saw something wrong and try to right it so don`t treat him as such…he deserves no credit in this…he is …like any other player trying to keep this under the rug…a part of the problem and should be treated as such…just another scum bag.

  78. bangitfootball says: Mar 27, 2012 7:23 AM

    I really cant believe Sapp hasnt been fired yet. What he did was really despicable.

  79. sterling7 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:26 AM

    Please NFL Network get rid of Jamie Dukes and Warren Sapp alias Tweedle Dee and Tweedle idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. mymanmccoy says: Mar 27, 2012 8:04 AM

    Sue that boy Shockey!

  81. electionconfidential says: Mar 27, 2012 8:51 AM

    If the NFL was serious about bounties Sapp and his gangster vocabulary would be gone. The idea that the NFL and NFL.com are “totally separate” might be the biggest insult to our intelligence yet.

  82. ronmexico99 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:06 AM

    Didn’t That lard-a$$ Sapp just snitch on the supposed “snitch” Shockey???? Sapp is an idiot, period.

  83. bringingthepain says: Mar 27, 2012 10:14 AM

    I hope he does sue Sapp. Then they will force Godell to say who brought it to there attention to prove it wasn’t Shockey.

  84. hecrow55 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Isn’t Sapp saying that Shockey is a snitch actually Sapp snitching on Shockey?

    I’m so confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lmao

  85. sarge2006 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    Warren Sapp should have been fired a long time ago. There is only one person who covers the NFL who is worst than him and that is Michael Irvin. No insight, no anything that the shows me that either of them prepared for the broadcast. When I listen to either of the Sharp’s it is very interesting, always showing you differant angles to a story or play that people who never played in the NFL would like to know about. If I want a couple people who’s main job is to laugh and talk over everyone else, then Sapp and Irvin our the guys to do it. Talk about a one man wrecking crew watch Sapp on Showtime with Brown,Collinsworth and Simms.
    Any guest they bring on is better than Sapp.

  86. sportmentary says: Mar 28, 2012 4:52 AM

    This makes Sapp look like even a bigger idiot than we knew he was. The guy should have been fired by the NFL Network.

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