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Goodell sees no need to talk to owners about Donald Sterling matter

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When the owners get together this month for their quarterly meeting, they may decide to talk among themselves about disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  But Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be talking to them about the situation.

“I believe that our ownership understands the world that we live in and how much we value diversity,” Goodell tells Rich Eisen of NFL Media.  “That’s something that is one of the essential parts of what makes our league successful and has over the decades.  So, no, I don’t see a need to do that. I believe that our owners understand the importance of doing things the right way.”

They definitely understand the consequences after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on Sterling, banning him . . . FOR LIFE, and ordering him to sell the team.

Goodell could never do anything less than this if an NFL owner engages in similar conduct.  The owners surely realize that, and they’d collectively be wise to consider beefing up the screening procedures to ensure that they welcome to the club people who not only have the financial wherewithal to buy the team but also the requisite character.

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  1. annapterp says: May 6, 2014 4:39 PM

    Why would he?

  2. stevenray72 says: May 6, 2014 4:42 PM

    NFL fans would like to see the owners vote out Roger Goodell

  3. wannabear says: May 6, 2014 4:42 PM

    50 more hours…

  4. sportzpig says: May 6, 2014 4:44 PM

    No need.

    No idiots running NFL franchises, except Jerrah.

    And he’s just your lovable villiage idiot type…

  5. davikes says: May 6, 2014 4:45 PM

    If they somehow missed the point after the Sterling episode, talking to them wouldn’t do any good anyway.

  6. robf2010 says: May 6, 2014 4:46 PM

    If you don’t think the NFL already has owners of equal or even lesser character to that of Donald Sterling, there’s this bridge I know about …

    NFL owners like and want to keep their toys. The only punishment that they’ll ever care about is having it taken away from them. Is there a mechanism in place to do that? I doubt it. They couldn’t keep Al Davis from doing whatever he wanted to do.

  7. dlw492 says: May 6, 2014 4:49 PM

    If this happened in the NFL- I guarantee those dudes would boycott games. No question. But I believe the owners care about the players (said no player ever)

  8. kd75 says: May 6, 2014 4:49 PM

    Meanwhile no NBA owner or NFL owner will vote for another owner to sell due to an illegally recorded conversation that he had with his Sugar Mamma.

    It just won’t happen. People have private conversations and they say things that they might not want out.

    It isn’t breaking the law. If I don’t want my girlfriend to bring Magic Johnson to a game, There is no crime against that.

    It might be deplorable. Sterling might be a piece of dirt. But he didn’t break a law. And he didn’t break the NBA Constitution.

    The paychecks are still clearing.

  9. kwjsb says: May 6, 2014 4:50 PM

    If they aren’t smart enough to figure it out on their own, then why even bother

  10. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: May 6, 2014 4:52 PM

    Time better spent for owners meeting with their GMs on how to strategize against the Hawks securing their #DYNASTY.

    #DYNASTY
    #REPETE
    #ABOVEREPROACH

  11. eaglesnoles05 says: May 6, 2014 4:55 PM

    I wonder is Goodell has that “extreme circumstances/absolute power” clause in his K that allows him to do that even if an ignorant racist remark was made.

    Hard to believe there are TWO sports with a unanimous ownership population that would sign away that kind of power to one man to strip them of their life’s work and title if he felt it subjectively necessary. Usually very rich and powerful people like to have their attorney’s get them out of those types of clauses… I’d be interested to know.

  12. bengcolt says: May 6, 2014 4:57 PM

    Considering this is football not basketball…

  13. remyje says: May 6, 2014 4:59 PM

    “I believe that our ownership understands the world that we live in and how much we value diversity,”

    that’s racist.

  14. doggeatdogg says: May 6, 2014 5:04 PM

    No need? Then he fails to do his due diligence in discussing with the owners the value of ensuring their personal matters do not spill out into the public. How do you reconcile your owner in Indianapolis doing things and getting away with it, while a player with the same situations would have been raked over the coal.

    In fact, the litigation would be interesting if a player did what Irsay did and any punishment is dished out other than rehab. So elitist.

  15. tomthumbsblues says: May 6, 2014 5:07 PM

    Goodell is right.

  16. tombstone7 says: May 6, 2014 5:14 PM

    Goodell saw no reason to talk to Riley Cooper either!

  17. somethinghappeninghere says: May 6, 2014 5:16 PM

    So, Mr. Goodell, when are you going to speak to Mr. Irsay about his drug problem? If this was one of the players…

  18. drunkwino says: May 6, 2014 5:20 PM

    “Goodell could never do anything less than this if an NFL owner engages in similar conduct.”
    ———-
    O RLY? Then explain why the guy who got busted with enough drugs and cash in the car he was driving drunk to land non-billionaires being dubbed a drug kingpin is only “a deeply troubled individual,” who just needs counseling. Just Isray being busted on DWI should be worth a half year suspension. Or is anyone suggesting four felonies are more acceptable that somebody being racist? Last time I checked being racist was socially despicable but not against the law.

    Meanwhile, the silence from Rodger “Suspends Players Just For Getting Arrested Whether Or Not They’re Eventually Convicted Because It Tarnishes The Shield,” Goodell is deafing. The NBA didn’t even need weeks to “consider what’s proper,” in its open and shut case. They only needed days. Maybe it’s time for sports media to hold him culpable as the gigantic lying hypocrite that a guy who’ll talk a good game about player saftey while adding more Thursday night games along with two more games a season, really is. Oh, NFL medical says Thursday night games don’t cause more injuries? This from the same group that whitewashed and covered up concussions? Yeah sure, that sounds legit.

    Goodell is a hypocrite and a liar and it’s past time he’s called on it. Show this clown for what he is before he finishes ruining the NFL.

    (…..and don’t say “He’s not ruining anything because you still watch!” I don’t watch anymore. I’ll watch my team if it’s on free TV. If their not, I turn it off right after the last college football game of the week is finished.)

  19. zerole00 says: May 6, 2014 5:26 PM

    Meanwhile no NBA owner or NFL owner will vote for another owner to sell due to an illegally recorded conversation that he had with his Sugar Mamma.

    It just won’t happen. People have private conversations and they say things that they might not want out.

    It isn’t breaking the law. If I don’t want my girlfriend to bring Magic Johnson to a game, There is no crime against that.

    It might be deplorable. Sterling might be a piece of dirt. But he didn’t break a law. And he didn’t break the NBA Constitution.

    The paychecks are still clearing.

    ————————————————————

    Actually, sponsors were already racing each other to distance themselves from Sterling / the Clippers. The NBA can’t do anything about Sterling’s words, but they do have some legal ground on the lost revenue those words are costing them.

    By the way, sugar mama doesn’t what you think it means. In this case, since Sterling was supplying the money, he was the sugar daddy.

  20. sandy102270 says: May 6, 2014 5:29 PM

    It amazes me how many people don’t get that owners are governed by the league charter or constitution, and players by the CBA.

    Goodell singling out an individual owner for punishment is akin to you sending your boss home without pay. Let me know how that works for you.

  21. reebs33 says: May 6, 2014 5:32 PM

    How about talking to one owner in Washington DC about the racist name of his team?

  22. aceakking says: May 6, 2014 5:47 PM

    Goodell talking about Donald Sterling would only incriminate Dan Snyder and the RacistSkins.

  23. upperdecker19 says: May 6, 2014 5:47 PM

    Time to schedule the “NFL Owners Symposium” for NFL Network. Use it to fill the time used to push back the draft to June in London. Guest speakers include: V. Stiviano, Frank McCourt, and the ghost of Georgia Frontierre.

  24. snakeiz says: May 6, 2014 5:55 PM

    Roger doesn’t need the owners to ruin game; he’s
    doin a damn fine job of that on his own..

  25. getoutgoodell says: May 6, 2014 6:19 PM

    By not forcing a name change to the Washinton DC franchise, Goodell has proven himself to be, at best an enabler of racism and at worst, a racist himself.

    Either way, there is no place for him in this once great league.

  26. iamkillerfin says: May 6, 2014 6:19 PM

    NBA is a joke & Goodell is the one making the NFL a joke!!!

  27. jbelkin says: May 6, 2014 6:20 PM

    The takeaway is that TRUMP won’t make the cut as his public comment is sterling is only wrong because his watergirl used words to make him say words …

  28. granadafan says: May 6, 2014 6:27 PM

    The closest to Sterling could be good old boys, Jerry Richardson or Ross of the Dolphins.

  29. mogogo1 says: May 6, 2014 6:45 PM

    Plenty of NFL owner problems for Goodell to deal with. Has he decided what to do with Irsay yet? And Haslam will eventually be charged in his company’s fraud scandal.

  30. drunkwino says: May 6, 2014 6:45 PM

    It amazes me how many people don’t get that owners are governed by the league charter or constitution,
    ———
    You are wrong. They sign the code of contact as a condition of being approved as a team owner. They’re just as liable as anyone else associated with the NFL. If they don’t like it, don’t buy the team. Contrary to bootlicker opinion, billionaires should not get preferential treatment from society.

  31. goldrush36 says: May 6, 2014 7:09 PM

    @eaglesnoles05 Silver doesn’t have that power either. It would take a majority vote from the owners. He can’t just wake up and say “Okay sell your team”. If Sterling refused they could vote to terminate the franchise entirely and they could then start a new team. The question really is would they go to that extreme just to get him out if he won’t sell? They have already taken away his ability to effectively do his job as an owner and no top free agents or sponsors will want to go there anyway. He is still making money though even if he can’t have any part of operations. It is basically now just a glorified investment.

  32. sandy102270 says: May 6, 2014 7:27 PM

    “You are wrong. They sign the code of contact as a condition of being approved as a team owner”

    From the NFL Code of Conduct:

    Covered Persons: This policy applies to all players under contract; all coaches; all game officials; all full-time employees of the NFL, NFL clubs, and all NFL-related entities; all rookie players once they are selected in the NFL college draft; and all undrafted rookie players, unsigned veterans who were under contract in the prior League Year, and other prospective employees once they commence negotiations with a club concerning employment. Clubs are strongly encouraged to communicate this policy to independent contractors and consultants and to make clear that violations of this policy will be grounds for terminating a business relationship.

    There’s one group of people not mentioned in there, I wonder who they might be…………?

  33. footballtalk1 says: May 6, 2014 7:44 PM

    Goodell show leadership? Yeah that’s not gonna happen.

  34. tomthumbsblues says: May 6, 2014 8:36 PM

    Goodell talking about Donald Sterling would only incriminate Dan Snyder and the RacistSkins.

    ——————–

    You of course would never talk about the N.Y. Giants football team around someone who is extremely tall. That would be offensive.

    Actually, wait a minute ….

  35. 1rockyracoon says: May 6, 2014 9:19 PM

    Yet another reason why Trump would never be approved as an owner. Jerry Jones acts like he’s the smartest football person I the world, but he would never disgrace his league. The owner of the Colts may tweet while he is under the influence, but at least he sticks to football issues.

  36. fwippel says: May 6, 2014 9:45 PM

    That’s the smartest thing I’ve heard Goodell say in a very long time.

  37. drunkwino says: May 7, 2014 4:13 AM

    There’s one group of people not mentioned in there, I wonder who they might be……
    ———–
    The NFL’s Code of Conduct policy:

    Personal Conduct Policy
    All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.” This requirement applies to players, coaches, other team employees, owners, game officials and all others privileged to work in the National Football League.

    It wasn’t even a difficult subject to google.

  38. deep64blue says: May 7, 2014 1:00 PM

    “I believe that our ownership understands the world that we live in and how much we value diversity,”

    “Mr Goodell there’s a Mr. Snyder on line 2 for you ….”

  39. tomthumbsblues says: May 7, 2014 5:09 PM

    The Redskins are as diverse as any team in the NFL.

    Hail to the Redskins !

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