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Fans at the NFL draft boo Roger Goodell

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The 26 players attending tonight’s NFL draft were brought on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday evening and were mostly cheered by the fans in attendance. Some scattered boos for Andrew Luck could be heard, but generally the fans are excited to be there and ready to cheer.

But when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was introduced as he took the stage to join them, he was loudly booed.

At last year’s draft fans loudly booed Goodell, but that was explained away as simply a reaction to the lockout: Fans changed “We want football” and clearly had a specific reason to be unhappy with the man who represents the owners who decided to shut the league down.

The fact that fans got their football and are still booing Goodell suggests that there’s animosity toward Goodell that labor peace can’t cure. Some fans think Goodell has been heavy-handed in his approach to everything from rules changes to fines for on-field infractions to suspensions for off-field violations. Those fans don’t get a lot of opportunities to voice their displeasure to Goodell, but they got one opportunity on Thursday night. And they took it.

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  1. apooster says: Apr 26, 2012 7:49 PM

    Must be Saints fans.

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    Not surprising…look at the punks they let in the place. No class at all.

  3. tommyf15 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:51 PM

    Some fans think Goodell has been heavy-handed in his approach to everything from rules changes to fines for on-field infractions to suspensions for off-field violations.

    And then there are those that think he’s a glory hog, inconsistent with his decisions, power hungry, and an overall jerk.

  4. bag217 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:52 PM

    Goodell got booed?? Big surprise. It would be news if he got cheered.

  5. pksoze says: Apr 26, 2012 7:52 PM

    He better get used to it.

  6. wvugrad00 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:53 PM

    They boo because they think he is ‘pussifying’ the game, when in fact he is trying to save the game from being sued into extinction. I am sorry “true” NFL fans, your going to have to deal with the game not being as intense or vicious as it currently is, and god forbid if that means players will have to learn to tackle instead of relying on the blow up hit.

  7. feck12a says: Apr 26, 2012 7:53 PM

    well who the hell would applaud de furhrer walking into the room?

  8. stubbyjones says: Apr 26, 2012 7:54 PM

    Boooooo

  9. coop16 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:54 PM

    People in New York just boo everybody. They boo Tebow, they boo Goodell … they’d boo Mother Teresa if they had the chance. If they want to see somebody who really DESERVES to be booed, they ought to look in the mirror.

  10. sea3369 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    Goodell is single handedly ruining the NFL

  11. tommyf15 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    And then there are those that dislike him for lying to the fans and the media, making up rules as he goes along, suspending players for no good reason, and being an overall jerk.

  12. maven2222 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    Anyone who is not a Giant gets boo’d there

  13. nineroutsider says: Apr 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    He does rule with an iron fist, but he deserves credit for being equally harsh to both players and owners/front offices/coaching staffs.

    I like him; he’s taking out the trash – not a glamorous job but it has to be done and he does it well. Sorry that some teams have truckloads of it…

  14. mrhashplant says: Apr 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    I like goodell

  15. preventoffense says: Apr 26, 2012 7:58 PM

    Stay classy New York.

  16. dmartin17 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:59 PM

    That’s what he gets for canceling the Pro Bowl!!

  17. cuffhimbanano says: Apr 26, 2012 8:00 PM

    Getting booed by the Radio City Music Hall crowd is one of the better compliments a person could ever receive.
    I’m through explaining why the commish is saving the same game you think he’s ruining.

  18. saints4evah says: Apr 26, 2012 8:01 PM

    Not just Saints fan wiseguy…Football fans. This man is like tits on a tricycle. He has no business being put in charge of the greatest sport in the world. None.

  19. sea3369 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:01 PM

    Gotta say not a fan of pussifying the nfl….. As a player u know how violent the game is u except it u play it thats why u make millions…. Hockey players dont bit*h and sue. A carpenter at the end of his carrer doesnt sue his employer after he retires. Use some common sense and if u cant take the heat get outta the kitchen ( thats why they sell insurance)

  20. sariff420 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:04 PM

    Football has been a certain way for awhile now and became popular bc of it. Now certain people want to act all high and mighty about being concerned for player safety as if it isn’t blatantly obvious that hits to the head can’t be good long term. If you don’t like vicious football why did you start watching football in the first place ? Go watch soccer

  21. kwoodc says: Apr 26, 2012 8:05 PM

    Czar Goodell is a tyrant. Tries to tell they fans what we want, regardless of what we say…18 game season anyone?

  22. scoops1 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:05 PM

    I bet he was Flabbergasted

  23. supergruby says: Apr 26, 2012 8:05 PM

    Boo him why? Because he punishes poeple who screw up and is trying to extend the life of the players by limiting concussions. Keep up the good work Goodell. Run that tight ship!

  24. briang123 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:14 PM

    Why would anyone dislike Kommissar Goodell?

  25. pftree says: Apr 26, 2012 8:19 PM

    fans online are booing too…

    BOOOoooo

  26. noozehound says: Apr 26, 2012 8:20 PM

    the moron New York fans don’t speak for the majority of fans.

  27. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 26, 2012 8:20 PM

    He will always get booed. Write it down. Whether he’s great or he sucks, he’ll get booed.

  28. sabatimus says: Apr 26, 2012 8:22 PM

    Hey morons: this happens at EVERY NFL draft.

  29. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    and he should be booed everywhere he goes. Fans of the NFL that we have loved for decades see it being watered down to a two-hand touch football league. Anybody that thinks this heavy handed communistic type treatment of the Saints is to save the integrity of the league is highly mistaken.

  30. jimr10 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    You must have been watching a different show that i did..

  31. hoosiermizuno says: Apr 26, 2012 8:30 PM

    When goodell continually tries to spin things as what the fans want when obviously the fans don’t want this he’s going to be disliked.

    example…
    1. Fans want more games, therefore we’ll create an 18 game schedule
    2. fans want more offense, therefore i’ll make every rule change to favor the offense.
    3. I’m so smart i’ll create a bigger fan basae and start having games in Europe..wtf

    the guys comes across as arrogant and oblivious to what actual fans want.

  32. steelersmichele says: Apr 26, 2012 8:39 PM

    wvugrad00 says: They boo because they think he is ‘pussifying’ the game, when in fact he is trying to save the game from being sued into extinction. I am sorry “true” NFL fans, your going to have to deal with the game not being as intense or vicious as it currently is, and god forbid if that means players will have to learn to tackle instead of relying on the blow up hit

    So you must have been one of the few fans who enjoyed the pro bowl–all offense, no defense–exactly what the NFL will become under Goodell’s watch.

    Instead of being the commissioner who made the game of football safer, he’s going to be known as the lawsuit commissioner–something he brought upon himself.

  33. neauxgeaux44 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:51 PM

    SAINTS will win the SB this year, loosahs….

  34. megabeast37215 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:55 PM

    I would boo him too if I was there. He is legislating everything out of football except the passing game. It is pretty much basketball on grass, or areana league ball at this point. He is legislating out the running game, defense, kickoff returns, the only people on the team that matter anymore are the QB, WR, pass catching TE, and the pass rushers. I don’t even know why teams field linebackers anymore, they just get wrecked by all the pass catchers.

  35. bjtmeyer says: Apr 26, 2012 9:38 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen any commissioner get cheered.

  36. charger383 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:05 PM

    Boo and Hiss

  37. ricksaints says: Apr 27, 2012 1:18 AM

    Bring back Tagliabue!!!! This guy wants to be the face of the NFL. Let’s not change football. Make the guys sign a waiver. You want to play football? You want to make money? Then sign this. With this signature you will not be able to sue us after u are out of football. The NFL is so popular that even a douche like this guy can’t completely kill it but sure will try.

    Also you are the Commisioner of the NFL why are you slapping hands and havings special hand shakes with players? Be a g damn professional and shake a hand like a man.

    This is the same guy that won’t think twice about suspending you when you do something wrong.

  38. kodakinvegas says: Apr 27, 2012 1:53 AM

    You know, one cheap late hit on Brees, Eli, Peyton, Brady, Smith and Green Bay”s QB and where’s your football season? Take out half a dozen WR or Te”s and where’s your season? There’s a way to play this game without crippling a guy. There’s no need for it. Those targeted players are our stars. All of them. Nearly irreplaceable. Be fair. Be honest. Be real. Concussions are real, cheap shots are real injuries are real and they should be and be minimized. For the GOOD of the game. For the good of the players. Short and long term. I wouldn’t want Goodells job. If the fans could look through fair, business, colored glasses rather than emotional “my team” emotions they could see it too. Is fair so much to ask in today’s world? People hate so easily, just driving home from work, who is your Neighbor 4 doors down? How many have you had over for dinner or helped when you knew they were desperate? Yet we eat Goodells butt for trying to protect out beloved stars.

    I’ve seen it go from 9 games a season to 16 every year more and more injuries. Yet we want more but owners don’t want to increase line-ups. Don’t want to offer long term assured contract payments or latter year retirement medical benefits. But by God we want 18 games, and we love those DYNAMIC hits even if it costs us a flag. What’s a knee worth? I’ll tell you – $70,000 hospital, 35,000 Doctors and another 10k in miscellaneous for bi-lateral knee replacement. Plu, END OF CAREER for a good acl. Destruction. Anyway, PLAY BALL

  39. JustinD says: Apr 27, 2012 3:14 AM

    Well he is the guy consistently pissing on the game’s history and everything about it the fans love and turning the game quickly into a total passing league which players will soon be wearing velcro flags on their waists and even kickoffs are eliminated. Geez, why would people dislike him?

  40. camrey22 says: Apr 27, 2012 11:03 AM

    apooster says:
    Apr 26, 2012 7:49 PM
    Must be Saints fans.

    Giants, Jets and Eagles fans are the most heavily in attendance at he draft due to the location. Hardly many Saints fans, their boos would not have been heard over applause.

  41. sacayer says: May 8, 2014 8:26 PM

    They are mooing…not booing.

  42. sacayer says: May 8, 2014 8:31 PM

    The Texas should trade their second round pick and another in 2015 to get another first round pick and get a qb.

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