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Goodell on Brees comments: My responsibility is the game of football

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to be in Canton for the Hall of Fame ceremonies and Hall of Fame Game this weekend, which means he’ll be in the same city as Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

In an interview with Peter King of SI.com, Brees said that nobody trusts Goodell and that the one-year suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton was “completely ridiculous.” Brees tried to walk the comments back later in the week and the NFL didn’t offer any response, but it came up when Goodell dropped in on Mike Florio’s final day hosting The Dan Patrick Show and Florio asked about Brees’ assertion that no one trusts him.

“My responsibility is the game of football,” Goodell said. “You have to continue to do what’s best for the game and the integrity of the game. Those [decisions] aren’t always going to be popular.”

Goodell said that he hasn’t spoken to Brees since the comments came to light, but not because he was too upset to speak to him. Florio asked Goodell if he’d speak to Brees in Canton, Goodell said he would although he’s not seeking out a conversation.

“Sure if I see him. I’d be happy to,” Goodell said. “I really admire Drew. He’s a terrific young man.”

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22 Responses to “Goodell on Brees comments: My responsibility is the game of football”
  1. tjacks7 says: Aug 3, 2012 12:27 PM

    I loved Drew Brees when he had the shoulder injury and the Chargers let him go. I was hoping Minnesota would sign him to take over for Culpepper when he went down with the knee injury.

    In hindsight, I’m glad he never came to Minnesota. He’s evolved into one of the least likable players in the league.

  2. whoisedgy says: Aug 3, 2012 12:49 PM

    Dear Drew-

    No one is bigger than the game. Goodell’s job is to protect the game. We are happy to pay ridiculous prices to see you play. Please take your millions, shut up, and play.

    Love,

    NFL Fans

  3. datd00d says: Aug 3, 2012 12:51 PM

    What is unlikeable about Drew Brees? That hes an amazing competitor and overall stand-up guy? That, as quarterback, he came to the defense of his head coach and teammates when a questionable decision came down from the league office?

    Maybe its the image of winning the Super Bowl, holding his infant son, grabbing at falling confetti, that really gets you…

  4. hifive123 says: Aug 3, 2012 1:37 PM

    Why do people in the Occupy movement protest business owners making lots of money, but never say a word about greedy athletes?

  5. geauxsaintsforever says: Aug 3, 2012 1:44 PM

    So to all the commentors on here saying that Brees is now the worst person in football, if he was the quarterback of your team, who would you rather him criticize, his own teammates or the commissioner? It speaks volumes of his leadership ability that he continues to stand up for his teammaters who have been “convicted” by Goodell despite no evidence (and please don’t say Gregg Williams admitted to the bounty program b/c that’s not what he apologized for).

    Who Dat!!

  6. larryjames836 says: Aug 3, 2012 2:18 PM

    Drew Brees is a man like Roger Goodell is if Roger Goodell can throw rocks and hide his hand why can’t the next man. Goodell is know GOD he is human sinner like everyone else he can lie to so if Drew Brees has a problem with Goodell decisions yes the person that saying these things do need to prove himself so there’s nothing wrong with Brees opening his mouth. What you people’s fail to realize everyone is not blind to the truth and everyone not stupid and Brees is one that is not near bout stupid Roger Goodell knows that he knows the only thing saving him a that CBA agreement that Roger Goodell is hiding behind. Yes he is right none of the players don’t trust Goodell they are afriad because Goodell has the power to do what he want but he can’t fool with everyone. Everything going to be alright Goodell haven’t gotten away yet there is a surprise coming all you suppose to be Saints fans be a Saints fan not half & half either you on or you off so be real with your team.

  7. flipadelphia says: Aug 3, 2012 2:24 PM

    So to all the commentors on here saying that Brees is now the worst person in football, if he was the quarterback of your team, who would you rather him criticize, his own teammates or the commissioner?
    ——————————

    No, what Brees can do is shut up. He ran his mouth during the labor negotiations and looked like a jack-wagon for it.

    Now even with all the evidence of Payton turning a blind eye to what ended up being a huge bounty program, he’s back running his yap again.

    What he could say is “I do not agree with the punishment given by the commisioner but we will take it and move on. I hope to get a chance to speak to Roger Goodell about the suspension given in the near future.”

    What good is it to sit around, throw cheap shots from afar and whine and complain?

    We still have freedom of speech (for now) but as a paying customer of the NFL we can choose to like/support Brees’s views, or not.

  8. purpleguy says: Aug 3, 2012 2:53 PM

    What’s great about America is that Brees, the “stand-up guy and great competitor” has the freedom to repeatedly spout off whatever ridiculous drivel he wants (rather than shut his piehole), while NFL fans and the rest of the free-speaking world can criticize those comments.

  9. daveman8403 says: Aug 3, 2012 2:53 PM

    @flipadelphia, You want Brees to Shut up? He was asked a direct question by peter king. He answered. He did not bring it up. Please show your “evidence”

  10. higgy1 says: Aug 3, 2012 2:55 PM

    Brees = waterboy

  11. mancave001 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:34 PM

    datd00d says:
    Aug 3, 2012 12:51 PM
    What is unlikeable about Drew Brees? That hes an amazing competitor and overall stand-up guy? That, as quarterback, he came to the defense of his head coach and teammates when a questionable decision came down from the league office?

    Maybe its the image of winning the Super Bowl, holding his infant son, grabbing at falling confetti, that really gets you…
    ========================

    I’ll tell you what: He’s getting too big for his britches. Drew Brees is a football player. Lately, he acts as if he an NFL executive or attorney. You know what else? People are getting sick of hearing a guy that makes 20 million a year WHINE about punishment. Everyone knows that whether there was technically bounty system or not, SOME kind of play for performance (or worse) system was in place, and people LIED about it. Take it and move on. Bashing Goodell does you no good. If you think he has too much power (which he likely does), you shouldn’t have agreed to the new CBA.

  12. clu1perceiver says: Aug 3, 2012 3:51 PM

    It doesn’t bother me that a commissioner’s decision might be unpopular. What bothers me is that the reasons behind those decisions are hidden or the logic obscure.

  13. denverscott says: Aug 3, 2012 4:11 PM

    WHO DAT? Who Dis? Hint, I’m looking down between my legs and see what appearsto be a wad of chewing gum….. or maybe a bat stuck to my thighs. Crud, it’s neither, it’s Drew Brees! America has just identified a new breed of nut sack. WHO DAT? Brees Baticoli

  14. crabboil says: Aug 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    I love it when people say things like “Drew Brees needs to shut up,” when all he was doing was answering the questions he was asked. It’s not like he’s got a weekly monologue on public access. Peter King asked some questions, Drew Brees answered them.

  15. cwwgk says: Aug 3, 2012 4:36 PM

    I don’t hate Brees, he’s a great quarterback and I imagine a good quarterback. What I take issue with is his criticism of Goodell through the media and in an affidavit. Brees, and each of his teammates, were given ample opportunity to meet face to face with Goodell and plead their case. Brees could have told Goodell in person what he thinks of him and the suspensions.

    Instead, Brees is slinging mud at Goodell while hiding behind the media and NFLPA lawyers. In the real world, that is typical behavior of cowards.

  16. silentcount says: Aug 3, 2012 5:08 PM

    How is Goodell upholding the integrity of the game by falsely accusing players and coaches for things he has no valid proof of? He says, “Trust me, I have my reasons.” Drew Brees (the terrific young man) is right, Goodell is not to be trusted! The federal judge seems to agree when she reffered to Goodell’s accusations as “Boderline ridiculous.”

  17. bucfandango says: Aug 3, 2012 7:26 PM

    As time goes on, I like Goodell more and more. He is protecting the shield at all costs. I believe and Saints’ fans will disagree that if there truly was NO evidence, as the players assert, then the Coaches would have fought the battle before the players started their Whine Fest. They should take a lesson from their coaches and move on. There are 32 teams in the NFL, and it just isn’t all about the Saints, but I’m sure they think otherwise and as a Buc fan, I don’t care. My concern is that we improve to at least an 8 straight loss team, instead of 10.

  18. cardmagnet says: Aug 3, 2012 7:46 PM

    Goodell is ruining football. The only responsibility he has shown is to himself. Drunk with power is a great phrase to describe him.

  19. rodgers419 says: Aug 3, 2012 8:07 PM

    Drew Brees is the epitome of class. He stands up for himself and people fault him for it. Looks like he missed the memo he’s supposed to bend over and take it from big biz.

  20. ozzy49fam says: Aug 3, 2012 9:31 PM

    I’m a 9ers fan & all this brees bashing seems more sour grapes than anything else. The guy is a gun, wot he has done in his six years in NO is just incredible. As for the commissioner. How can people stick up for him when he played a game of only releasing some evidence then changing that evidence.if that the best he’s got then we should all b concerned. As for protecting the integrity of the game if that were true the dispute with officials wouldn’t have even started as they were hardly unreasonable claims but instead he will risk the “integrity” of the game for peanuts. Time he was challenged more not defended.

  21. axespray says: Aug 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    datd00d says:Aug 3, 2012 12:51 PM
    “What is unlikeable about Drew Brees? That hes an amazing competitor and overall stand-up guy? That, as quarterback, he came to the defense of his head coach and teammates when a questionable decision came down from the league office?”

    He runs up the score, he defends guys that ran a bounty program after all those months during the lockout yapping about the importance of player’s safety… not hypocritical or anything. The fact that he insulted all the soldiers who served in Iraq with his dumb comments, the guy is either a complete phony or a doofus.

  22. kdupes says: Aug 5, 2012 9:00 PM

    There should be an I.Q. Test for people to be allowed to write anything
    On the Internet. The fact that idiots are free to spew their moronic
    Comments about something they know nothing about is beyond
    stupid.
    To even utter the words that Drew Brees sucks just exemplifies your
    below average intelligence. Regardless of what team you are for ,
    anyone with any miniscule knowledge of sports in general , must
    admit he is a extremely talented individual and a very good person.

    Those who sling the hate , are jealous , plain and simple. Say what you want in response but you’ll just prove my point tenfold.

    Oh , and the NFL needs to be run by a democracy rather than a
    dictatorship . Not only b/c of Saints punishment but for any future
    NFL issues . No ONE person should decide anything that involves
    so much by himself , it should be voted on by a group !

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