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Goodell on Sherman comments: Ejections are within your control

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman ripped NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week, saying Goodell’s rule proposal of ejecting a player for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties show that Goodell never played the game. Today, after the NFL implemented that rule, Goodell responded.

Asked what he thinks about Sherman’s comments, Goodell pointed out that NFL players have a simple way to avoid ejections: Don’t commit two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

“This is all within their control,” Goodell said. “Sportsmanship is important to the membership. We all have standards. They have two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties before they’re ejected. The message from the membership, our clubs and the coaches is they’re going to be held to those high standards.”

Sherman and some other players may not like it, but this rule is unlikely to make a big difference: Last year, only two players had two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game. And now that this rule is in place, and players are aware of it, it’s entirely possible that there won’t be any players who get two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game.

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49 Responses to “Goodell on Sherman comments: Ejections are within your control”
  1. scottbrowning2 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    Ahhh…Good ‘ol “Perjury” Goodell. Sportsmanship IS important to the league. But integrity is YOUR responsibility and you manage it so laughably poorly that you should probably get your own house in order before worrying too much how other league members manage their responsibilities.

  2. vikinganswer says: Mar 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    AMEN BROTHER. Just be a human when playing.

  3. bobsnygiants says: Mar 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    contract time will see.

  4. tylawspick6 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:14 AM

    The problem with this is the refs and the orders Goodell gives the refs in terms of enforcing this, where it may turn into soccer.

    If you watch English Premier League games, refs hand out yellow cards like candy.

    It’s a lot easier in football, as opposed to soccer, to perceive something as dirty or unsportsmanlike, when it really isn’t.

    Refs need to err on the side of caution when applying this rule.

    Games can be affected too easily with an ejection.

  5. sbchampsagain says: Mar 23, 2016 11:14 AM

    Goodell is right for the first time in forever.

    Sherman just likes to complain and run his mouth.

  6. patsxsaintsfan says: Mar 23, 2016 11:15 AM

    Any person that’s ever watched a player get ejected in college football knows that’s not true. Every year I see at least one personal foul penalty that’s complete garbage get a college kid ejected for targeting or something and all that does is worsen the experience when a star player gets taken out because the ref didn’t have a good angle. The only way I’m okay with this rule is if they review personal fouls because refs call unnecessary roughness anytime a reviver takes a hit bigger than what the refs though necessary. Watch Brandon browner hit on ladariuous green 2 years ago and that penalty whipped out a pick 6 imagine if it whipped out a pick 6 and got browner ejected for hitting a guy in the shoulder? Goodwill won’t listen to players and fans because they don’t write his checks

  7. dukeearl says: Mar 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    One of the most idiotic statements that clearly show Goodell has never played the game.

  8. JaminJake says: Mar 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    Inconsistent application of the rules is within the NFL’s control, yet they lack the ability to make any change.

  9. pastanow says: Mar 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    Roger played the world’s tiniest violin up against Sherman’s ear.

  10. guitarmaninks says: Mar 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    And mobsters are smiling at how much easier it got to bribe officials

  11. seriously423 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    he lies and lie and lies.

    despicaple human being

  12. daytontriangles says: Mar 23, 2016 11:17 AM

    I rarely agree with Goodell on anything, but I agree with him here.

    Unless you make it your mission to be a complete (your favorite expletive here) on the field of play, this rule should have zero impact.

    And if it does end up impacting you, you more than likely deserved the penalty.

  13. Matt Dolloff says: Mar 23, 2016 11:18 AM

    Goodell: “Control your emotions on the field”

    Everyone: “Control your league everywhere ever”

  14. sonhoodoo says: Mar 23, 2016 11:20 AM

    I’ve noticed that Goodell likes to hold others to “high standards” while letting himself off the hook. A lot.

  15. evilglazers666 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:22 AM

    Not necessarily. It becomes a judgement call by refs as usual.

  16. seabreezes51 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:24 AM

    I’m pretty sure that the intention of the rule is to get players to control themselves. I had to do that before I retired and was in a job that really sucked. Everyone has to control their behavior in their job, like it or not.

  17. mysterytonite says: Mar 23, 2016 11:25 AM

    Some players like to play on the edge. It’s an animalistic game and you have to match the intensity of your opponent, things get heated from time to time. Nobody wants to back down. Goodell doesn’t understand this. Well if that’s the case, I’m all in favor of throwing a personal flag penalty everytime Brady starts yelling at the referee after a d-lineman breathes on him. Yeah, we will see how long this dumb arse rule last for. (Jesus Qunitana voice) Laughable man….HA YA!!!!

  18. bullcharger says: Mar 23, 2016 11:27 AM

    My biggest problem with Goodell is the fact that he has become as big as the game. Shouldn’t the commissioner be invisible?

    I believe that the owners are allowing this smug act to continue because they are really blinded by money. The league has never done better. As the novelty of fantasy wears off and the reality show aspect of the game becomes tired some of the viewership (that didn’t really care about football anyway) will leave and Goodell along with his massive salary will suddenly not look so good.

    Not that the NFL will suddenly sink, but I am just saying it is peaking right now, and the owners don’t want to change anything. Even though it has nothing really to do with Goodell, you don’t fix what ain’t broken.

  19. pauldeba says: Mar 23, 2016 11:28 AM

    Deflategate proves that it is not. it is up to the whim from an uniformed, overpaid dummy sitting in the Commissioner’s chair.

  20. yorkmustgo says: Mar 23, 2016 11:30 AM

    Bullcrap. Perfectly legal hits are called illegal nowadays so ejections are TOTALLY controlled by the refs.

  21. jag1959 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:32 AM

    How much pressure will be exerted on the officials to throw that first one so the players will be more subdued? What will the new threshold for taunting be? This has nothing to do with safety, those rules already existed.

  22. cptcavalier says: Mar 23, 2016 11:41 AM

    The Commish just gave Sherman the bird! Basically, “Sherman, I make more money in one year than you will make in your entire life”.

  23. grandstandrice says: Mar 23, 2016 11:42 AM

    This may ultimately be remembered as Richard Sherman’s most remarkable accomplishment, making Roger Goodell look intelligent.

  24. mazenblue says: Mar 23, 2016 11:49 AM

    Sherman claims to commit a penalty every single play, because you know, they cant call them all.

  25. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 23, 2016 11:53 AM

    patsxsaintsfan says:
    Mar 23, 2016 11:15 AM
    Any person that’s ever watched a player get ejected in college football knows that’s not true. Every year I see at least one personal foul penalty that’s complete garbage get a college kid ejected for targeting or something and all that does is worsen the experience when a star player gets taken out because the ref didn’t have a good angle. The only way I’m okay with this rule is if they review personal fouls because refs call unnecessary roughness anytime a reviver takes a hit bigger than what the refs though necessary. Watch Brandon browner hit on ladariuous green 2 years ago and that penalty whipped out a pick 6 imagine if it whipped out a pick 6 and got browner ejected for hitting a guy in the shoulder? Goodwill won’t listen to players and fans because they don’t write his checks
    =========

    The new rule only covers unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. Unnecessary roughness fouls do not count. Other than that, great post.

  26. throwingstones20 says: Mar 23, 2016 11:57 AM

    Play the game the right way you won’t have any issues.

    Hopefully Sherman id the first player ejected under this rule. What kind of sh!t storm will that start.

  27. devindenv says: Mar 23, 2016 11:59 AM

    Will Goddell be ejected when he gets two overturned penalties in a year?

  28. dolphansanity says: Mar 23, 2016 12:00 PM

    Only a complete idiot with zero self control would argue against this rule. Just shut up Sherman. You’re 5 minutes of fame are over and you are completely irrelevant. Just shut your mouth and go away.

  29. kenmasters34 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:04 PM

    Ejection for 2 unsportsman like conducts? As in, taunting or excessive celebration? That is lame.

    I thought that they were working on Ejections for things those unnecessary roughness fouls that Aquib Talib committed in the superbowl.

  30. j0esixpack says: Mar 23, 2016 12:07 PM

    Nothing is in the players control until the owners abide by their own rules and replace Goodell with a Commissioner “who shall have unquestioned integrity”

    Players shouldn’t have to follow rules when the owners and commissioner won’t

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:22 PM

    I believe the whole point of this rule is to allow Goodell and his cronies another avenue to manipulate game results through.

    Team they don’t want to win is up ? Good call a few personal fouls, get rid of a key player or 2 and the game is changed.

  32. walk929501 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:27 PM

    Two issues:

    1. If in place last year, this rule would not have gotten OBJ ejected for acting like a psycho. That alone makes the rule pretty worthless.

    2. Officials *already* have the authority to eject a player acting like a psycho.

    So, forget the rule change and just reinforce to officials and players that if a player acts like a psycho, he will be ejected.

    Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

  33. pete2112 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:42 PM

    I’m not quite sure what Sherman is complaining about. If you really can’t control yourself enough from not getting TWO unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a single game than you probably have bigger issues to be concerned with.
    I realize it’s a game of emotion but you have to draw the line somewhere. I think most people and players just want to complain about anything Goodell does but this rule really shouldn’t impact the game all that often and if it does, too bad. Find something else to complain about.

  34. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:46 PM

    Basically what hes saying is: Don’t be dumb don’t act like animals and you are fine.

    If this is too difficult for you then please leave.

    I am fine with that.

  35. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 23, 2016 12:55 PM

    AND you have to get TWO personal Fouls. TWO!

    one = an accident
    two = you are having a BAD DAY, get lost.

  36. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 23, 2016 1:00 PM

    Sherman is super smart so he ought to know that sounding like a victim will eventually get old.

  37. whatswrongwithmomsbasement says: Mar 23, 2016 1:54 PM

    Must be kind of weird to be known as a smart guy, then prove over and over and over, again and again and again that you don’t have a “smidgen” of common sense.

  38. elyasm says: Mar 23, 2016 2:07 PM

    Goodell holds everyone up to ‘standards’ except for himself. How about if he gets two more player punishments tossed out by the courts, he gets ejected from the league office (preferably from the top floor)?

  39. damadhatterb says: Mar 23, 2016 2:10 PM

    New trait scouts will be looking for in college talent: Their acting ability.

    Good at flops? That’s icing in the cake right there.

  40. Cody Thomas says: Mar 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    I like Goodell’s response, which isn’t easy to say. I appreciate sportsmanship and it seems to come fewer and further between plays these days.

    It’ll be tough to measure the effect on this rule, though. Will refs be less inclined to throw any personal foul flags? Will this rule deter players from “earning” any personal foul flags?

    For this season, I want to see how many personal foul flags are thrown vs. historical data and how many players receive multiple personal foul flag throughout the season vs. historical data.

  41. voileib says: Mar 23, 2016 2:58 PM

    Sherman’s negative remark about the new rule only underscores what an immature person he is. A “man” who has zero control of his emotions, actions and good sense. And he is supposed to be among one of the “smarter” players? Man the NFL is in trouble.

  42. rootpain says: Mar 23, 2016 3:22 PM

    Again Goodell completely misses the point. When asked what Goodell thought of Sherman’s comment, the reporter wanted to know if the fact that Goodell never played real football was upsetting to him.
    I would guess that it is upsetting to Goodell. I think Goodell believes that he too should be a first ballot Hall of Famer for his play on the field. Sorry Roger, that’s not a simple integrity issue you can twist around your little finger. You ain’t getting in.

  43. mmack66 says: Mar 23, 2016 3:50 PM

    rootpain says:
    Mar 23, 2016 3:22 PM

    Again Goodell completely misses the point. When asked what Goodell thought of Sherman’s comment, the reporter wanted to know if the fact that Goodell never played real football was upsetting to him.
    I would guess that it is upsetting to Goodell. I think Goodell believes that he too should be a first ballot Hall of Famer for his play on the field. Sorry Roger, that’s not a simple integrity issue you can twist around your little finger. You ain’t getting in.
    ——————————–

    That bozo makes $40+ million dollars a year to be the fall guy for the owners. Do you think he cares one iota about whether or not he played real football?

  44. veddermn8 says: Mar 23, 2016 3:52 PM

    Actually Roger, its within the referees control. The players can contribute to or discourage the chance such a penalty is called, but it is the referees who decide.

  45. mmack66 says: Mar 23, 2016 4:15 PM

    veddermn8 says:
    Mar 23, 2016 3:52 PM

    Actually Roger, its within the referees control. The players can contribute to or discourage the chance such a penalty is called, but it is the referees who decide.
    ———————–

    That’s like saying that the police are responsible for people being criminals.

  46. kev86 says: Mar 23, 2016 4:31 PM

    Roger is right.

    Does not mean savvy teams/players wont try and bait some players into multiple unsportsmanlikes.

  47. kamthechancellor says: Mar 23, 2016 11:53 PM

    This is so laughable. You trolls are so anti-Seattle that you’ll actually jump on the Goodell bandwagon. I love it. Football is dead. RIP NFL. Just give the refs yellow cards and let’s watch 3 hrs of players flopping.

  48. kamthechancellor says: Mar 23, 2016 11:56 PM

    The participation trophy generation approves these rule changes.

  49. hotsauce2910 says: Mar 24, 2016 12:43 AM

    I think it’s alright as long as unsportsmanlike conduct penalties are reviewed. There are too may instances refs see something from a bad angle and make a bad call, and players shouldn’t be ejected for that.

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