In a rare instance of one of the players implicated in the Saints’ bounty program actually having something positive to say about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Saints defensive end Will Smith said today that his Tuesday meeting with Goodell was productive.
“The meeting overall went well,” Smith told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I got a chance to go in there and tell him what happened in the meeting room. And we have to see what happens.”
Smith giving Goodell his side of the story may be a good first step, but he acknowledges that doesn’t mean Goodell won’t eventually go through with his initial plan to suspend Smith for four games.
“I don’t know,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, it comes down to the commissioner. At the end of the day I can’t judge or gauge his level of what he is going to discipline or if he is going to discipline at all.”
The fact that Smith thinks there’s even a chance that Goodell won’t discipline him at all is a sign that their meeting did, indeed, go well.