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Commissioner will meet the media this weekend in Canton

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Much has been made about the apparent unwillingness of Commissioner Roger Goodell to answer questions about the controversial decision to suspend Ravens running back Ray Rice only two games for knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) in an elevator in February.  Earlier this week, the league office dispatched Adolpho Birch to answer questions, and the consensus is that it didn’t go well.

But while Goodell has yet to address the situation with the press, that will end this weekend in Canton.

“The Commissioner meets with the media during the [Hall of Fame] weekend and will do so again this year,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT.

It’s safe to say the first question from the assembled media members will relate to Ray Rice.  And perhaps the second.  And perhaps the third.

It’s also safe to say that it will be difficult for Goodell to say or do anything that will change the near-unanimous belief that a league known for getting it right in most situations has gotten this one incredibly wrong.

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  1. Heretopissuoff says: Jul 30, 2014 11:40 AM

    And adress ur lenient suspension on ray rice by saying he didn’t smoke weed.
    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 30, 2014 11:40 AM

    I’d also like for somebody to ask when we can finally watch a football game without having to complain about the rulebook or the officiating system.

    Why don’t you at least try to get that right? Thanks for listening.

  3. bonnovi says: Jul 30, 2014 11:41 AM

    I hope somebody sneaks in and asks “Hey! why do you suck so much!”

  4. kneelbeforesod says: Jul 30, 2014 11:42 AM

    This should give the media plenty of time to come up with questions he won’t answer.

  5. tory707 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:42 AM

    RG is a joke. Guy is ruining this league. He let’s the inmates run the jail

  6. reconl63 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:43 AM

    Obviously Goodell will address the pending relocation of the Buffalo Bills and the Raiders to beautiful Los Angeles. As I said years ago, LA is a superb city much better than Buffalo and Oakland. You see, we here in LA are much more sophisticated and we actually will support our team because we here have a better quality of life. That’s what makes LA so much better and most likely to receive these teams.

  7. spasticpickle says: Jul 30, 2014 11:44 AM

    With the Josh Gordon ruling coming down on Friday, that has to be on the menu as well…

  8. citizenstrange says: Jul 30, 2014 11:45 AM

    Mr. Goodell, if Ray Rice’s wife were to say, stand on a Baltimore street corner in some type of Puritan era stocks with a sign around her neck saying “MY FAULT” would you “be swayed” to reduce Rice’s suspension to zero games and his fine to zero dollars?

  9. bostonian13 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:46 AM

    Still the worst decision and suspension ever. 2 games only??? Goodell needs to GO!!’

  10. ps3988 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:47 AM

    The NFL under Goodell doesn’t feel it has to answer to anyone. They continue do whatever they want despite overwhelming objections from the players and fans. They continue to push their agenda with items that have huge disapproval ratings, such as:

    NFL team in London
    18 game schedule
    Expanded playoffs
    Eliminating kickoffs
    etc, etc, etc

    They don’t listen to their customers, it will come back to haunt them. Goodell is the worst commissioner in the history of sports.

  11. upperdecker19 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:49 AM

    Just answer every question about Rice and concussions by diverting to what he really wants to discuss….

    “London, London, London, 18 game schedule, London, 4 day draft, London, Bon Jovi, London, London & did I mention London?”

  12. truckenlauten says: Jul 30, 2014 11:50 AM

    The only thing he can say that will satisfy people who care is that he will change it to a 6 game suspension like he should have done in the beginning .

  13. jlw12 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:51 AM

    Perhaps he’ll remind you that he has seen the ACTUAL elevator video and you haven’t, and that your opinion about what you think happened doesn’t really matter…

  14. acinsd says: Jul 30, 2014 11:53 AM

    “Ding, ding.” – Apollo Creed

    And no Ray, that’s not an invitation to start swinging.

  15. largent80100 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:56 AM

    Meet people’s question on twitter nevermore, right Goodell?

    #askcommish backfire this year was hilarious.

  16. mannyiac says: Jul 30, 2014 12:02 PM

    I hope someone asks him what he’s going to do with Irsay,if anything.

  17. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 30, 2014 12:15 PM

    Ah crystal clear now why Josh Gordons hearing is on Aug 1. This is why. The ruling will not be made on Friday thus he can dodge the Josh Gordon questions since he will be in Canton.

    Someone needs to ask him, Roger Goodell how do you justify your $44 million salary, why hasn’t Jim Irsay been fined and suspended yet, and where does all the NFL fine money go, why did you send Adolphus Birch to do the interview with ESPN since you made the actual decision?

    Those are 4 questions media should demand answers to. And when he gives wishy washy answers in lawyer speak demand an explanation in clear English.

  18. Rutgersknight says: Jul 30, 2014 12:15 PM

    Big Rice fan and disgusted by his behavior, but I wish someone would point out that prior to this incident, he had an impeccable reputation. I’ve attended the McCourty football camps and Ray always shows up unannounced and helps run the drills. He’s very active in the community and does alot of charity work. Was a model citizen and leader at Rutgers, so this was definitely out of character.

    Maybe his past reputation and contrition, along with the evidence we didn’t see is the reason for the shorter suspension. I would have liked to see 4 or 6 to send the proper message, but Goodell has made himself judge and jury, so we aren’t privy to his reasoning.

  19. j0esixpack says: Jul 30, 2014 12:24 PM

    Mr. Goodell – how do explain an NFL policy that suspends players for entire SEASONS for use of a non-performance enhancing substance that is legal for medical and even recreational use in a growing number of states…

    … yet you suspend a player who BEAT A WOMAN UNCONSCIOUS for only 2 games.

    Also, can you please return the NFL draft to April, rather than push for continued delays? As it stands we expect that if you had your druthers the 2015 draft would be held in 2016.

  20. mufasa1822 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:25 PM

    I’m wondering whether anyone at PFT seen the video taken inside the elevator?

    The Commish has and so has the NJ State’s Attorney. Both went easy on Rice after seeing the video. Just throwing a clue out there for you…..

  21. qdog112 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:28 PM

    Oh R-o-g-e-r come out to pl-ay. The media will not cross the red line. Certain questions will be off limits and whoever crosses the line, will get black-balled by the league office.

    Goodell will just claim this is the time to celebrate the HOF and not a time to discuss NFL discipline.

  22. tvjules says: Jul 30, 2014 12:35 PM

    Mr. Goodell… Will the NFL go from wearing pink in October to black and blue, as we now understand where the league stands on violence against women?

  23. jaxbeachjagfan says: Jul 30, 2014 12:40 PM

    Roger should have addressed this today or tomorrow and not dragged this Ray Rice issue by its hair to the HOF Celebration.

    See what I did there?

  24. olcap says: Jul 30, 2014 12:40 PM

    Oh, he must be so nervous, what with people asking about his hypocrisy, judging on a huge double-standard, and being extremely inconsistent in his “rulings”.

  25. nyking1963 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:43 PM

    Roger (It’s all about the fans) Goodell,

    Please tell the fans you so dearly love, why you’ve made it nearly impossible for people to get the Sunday ticket package?

  26. melikefootball says: Jul 30, 2014 12:45 PM

    Roger God-del has accomplished exactly what he wanted. T he play on the field has taken a back seat to what goes on off the field, who God-del is mad at that week and what punishment, HE feels is appropriate.

  27. freddiec8 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:46 PM

    RG only has the power the NFL owners give him. He’s on the front line but make no mistake the only power he has is what the owners give him. They want more games they want a team in London. If the Jags didn’t have a strong owner like Mr. khan in Jacksonville they would have bully him into moving his team, thanks for being a good owner Mr.khan

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    Getting it right in “most situations” ? Really ?

    What NFL have you been watching the last few years. Constant screwups is what I’ve seen Horrible officiating and constant double talk from the league to justify their terrible calls leading the way.

  29. nickinneohio says: Jul 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    The media will be censored as to what questions can be asked. The all powerful NFL will see to that. I’m even a little nervous posting this.

  30. ghost26 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:24 PM

    ‘It’s also safe to say that it will be difficult for Goodell to say or do anything that will change the near-unanimous belief that a league known for getting it right in most situations has gotten this one incredibly wrong.’

    Mike,

    A league known for getting it right in most situations??? Ha!!! Please tell you’re joking. It’s right to fine & suspend players for inadvertent helmet to helmet hits??? I’m not talking about players that go head hunting I’m talking about legitimate tackles where helmets collide by accident. Isn’t this the same league that buried information for years on the effects of concussions & then settled a lawsuit for over a $1 Billion???
    This is like calling a tobacco company a company that got it right after they lied to the public about the effects of smoking. And didn’t Goodell just come out a month ago & say that the name Redskins wasn’t offensive??? Well of course it’s not offensive to him–he’s not an Native American.

    A league known for getting it right??? Known to who??? For televising the draft over three days & potentially to four??? Morally they’ve continued to fail as long as Goodell has been in charge & in fact the only thing that they continue to get right is how to make more money for the league & the owners. I could sit here & say that it’s great that the league takes concussions seriously b/c they care about it’s players but that would be a lie. The only reason why the NFL takes concussions seriously is to help prevent further litigation & mitigate the financial burden from it’s current & future players. In fact the NFL doesn’t do anything anymore w/o some type of financial reason behind. If that’s good I sure as hell don’t want to be bad.

    The NFL owners (Jerry Jones & Dan Snyder top the list) are a bunch of pigs & they hired one of the worst human beings possible who btw just so happens to be the son of ex-US Senator. Shocking…

  31. ghost26 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:29 PM

    harrisonhits2 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    Getting it right in “most situations” ? Really ?

    What NFL have you been watching the last few years. Constant screwups is what I’ve seen Horrible officiating and constant double talk from the league to justify their terrible calls leading the way.

    Harrison,

    Agreed. Aside from everything else the product on the field has suffered. Way too many insignificant penalties are called & the referees have become too involved in the outcome of the game.

    The players don’t even know what a legal hit is anymore. Apparently if someone hits someone too hard it’s an automatic flag. And the protection for the QB’s is beyond ridiculous…

  32. ufanforreal says: Jul 30, 2014 1:46 PM

    reconl63 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:43 AM

    Obviously Goodell will address the pending relocation of the Buffalo Bills and the Raiders to beautiful Los Angeles. As I said years ago, LA is a superb city much better than Buffalo and Oakland. You see, we here in LA are much more sophisticated and we actually will support our team because we here have a better quality of life. That’s what makes LA so much better and most likely to receive these teams.
    ——————————————————
    hmm, at least Buffalo has water for them to drink.

  33. ufanforreal says: Jul 30, 2014 1:58 PM

    In most cases when there isn’t anyone that will press charges on a crime the state will, with the clear evidence of what was going on with Ray Rice knocking his wife out why hasn’t the state picked this up?

  34. bradygirl12 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:04 PM

    My guess is that his meeting with the media will be as short as he can possibly make it. Goodell is the worst. Greediest too.

  35. mdd913 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:05 PM

    Somebody throw rotten fruit at this man. I got the first one *rubs fingers together*

  36. filmex2000 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:25 PM

    Expect him to brag that Ray-Ray was suspended for two whole weeks for knocking out his girlfriend and dragging her on the floor like a bag of potatoes, while Stephen A. Smith was suspended for one week for talking about it.

    Sounds reasonable in today’s NFL.

  37. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jul 30, 2014 2:26 PM

    All media outlets have been given a list of the predetermined questions so the shield can work on his predetermined canned response. Nice job avoiding those tough ones Mr Goodell.

  38. jimmyt says: Jul 30, 2014 2:27 PM

    You know, some of these guys happen to be raised in a cultural environment where this type of abuse between couples is common.

  39. bengal4life says: Jul 30, 2014 2:31 PM

    Aren’t all coaches and players required to meet with the press? Why doesn’t Goodell have to? If I were all players, I’d hire someone to speak for me at press conferences.

  40. maestro1899 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:39 PM

    Roger the Dodger better do the right thing and set Josh Gordon FREE. 16 games.

  41. radiofriendly420 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:21 PM

    Was Paul Tagliabue hated this much?

    Thumbs up = Yes
    Thumbs down = No

  42. jchipwood says: Jul 30, 2014 3:22 PM

    I have zero clue why patriot fans are bashing Goodell.

  43. schmokes says: Jul 30, 2014 4:06 PM

    “It’s also safe to say that it will be difficult for Goodell to say or do anything that will change the near-unanimous belief that a league known for getting it right in most situations has gotten this one incredibly wrong.”

    Then why ask the questions? You don’t want answers because you already pointed out that you won’t be satisfied. It’s time to move on.

  44. scw1993 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:10 PM

    jchipwood….seriously man…seek help for your obsession.

  45. pittsburghfan71 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:40 PM

    #FireGoodell

  46. 6superbowls says: Jul 30, 2014 4:53 PM

    Worst commish in the history of sports

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