Drew Brees might be trying to soft-pedal his comments about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but he’s far from alone in his feelings about the league’s authority.
In fact, Goodell’s visit to Bears camp yesterday seemed to stir up more hard feelings.
‘‘Yeah, things are bad,’’ Bears cornerback D.J. Moore told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘It’s like dictators, you know. You know, in America, we really don’t believe in them.’’
Brees stirred the pot by saying “Nobody trusts him,” in regards to Goodell’s role in player discipline, although he tried to turn the heat back yesterday.
When Goodell visited the Bears practice Wednesday afternoon, he said he hadn’t seen Brees’ comments (which seems hard to imagine), and when asked about Moore’s “dictator” remark, Goodell “snickered,” according to Cowley.
‘‘When there are things that are going to impact on the integrity of the league and are going to violate very core principals, including player safety, I will be involved,’’ Goodell said.
That was moments after he discussed an 18-game schedule, which drew even more harsh words from the Bears.
‘‘Bull [expletive], no, hell no. Hell no. [Expletive] no, [Expletive] no,’’ Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said of the 18-game topic.
Apparently Tillman’s not a fan of the idea, just as many players are banding together, with Goodell as a common enemy they can agree on.