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Pereira on Goodell shove: “It wasn’t that big of a deal to me”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  TV personality Mike Pereira attends Bleacher Report’s ‘Bleacher Ball’ presented by go90 at The Mezzanine prior to Sunday’s big game on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bleacher Ball) Getty Images

Shortly after we posted an item on former head of officiating Mike Pereira accusing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of shoving him during an argument at the league office in 2001, Pereira sounded surprised in a radio interview that it was big news.

“It’s the first time I’ve had to address it. I just read it on Pro Football Talk,” Pereira said on Sports Radio 610 in Houston. “It wasn’t that big of a deal to me. Yes he did shove me, he was so frustrated.”

Of course, it was a big enough deal that Pereira put it in his book 15 years later.

But Pereira said Goodell’s shove was nothing he would have reported as workplace misconduct.

“Officiating is a firestorm and we all know Roger,” Pereira said. “He’s not the calmest guy in the world, and he was very upset, and he wasn’t getting what he wanted from me, and so he did shove me, as two people having an argument might. I think it stunned him. He is certainly not a guy that would go around the office constantly bullying people and shoving people, but he was frustrated enough at that point that I think it just got him, and when he did it he just stepped back and I stepped back and that was basically the end of the conversation. It was nothing I would have thought of pursuing.”

Goodell is lucky that Pereira didn’t feel the need to pursue the matter: Shoving a co-worker is unacceptable in any office, and Goodell — who has insisted that the NFL must hold all its employees to the highest of standards — could have found himself in very hot water if Pereira had turned it into an issue at the time, rather than keeping it quiet for 15 years.

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58 Responses to “Pereira on Goodell shove: “It wasn’t that big of a deal to me””
  1. BoyzFan says: Sep 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    “Officiating is a firestorm and we all know Roger,” Pereira said. “He’s not the calmest guy in the world, and he was very upset, and he wasn’t getting what he wanted from me, and so he did shove me, as two people having an argument might. I think it stunned him.

    Wow, he’s adding fuel to the fire. Now all of our feelings towards Goodell are coming out to be true.

  2. singletitle says: Sep 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    I am not a Mike Pereira fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the fact that Roger Goodell actually shoved a subordinate co-worker in front of witnesses is an assault. Goodell would have been fired by any other company.

  3. mlvcfan says: Sep 8, 2016 9:44 PM

    Goodell Karma is coming for you next and it’s going to be epic

  4. grogansheroes says: Sep 8, 2016 9:54 PM

    Goodell is the kind of guy that was stuffed in lockers in high school by football players. Now that he has power, he abuses it.

  5. cobrala2 says: Sep 8, 2016 9:55 PM

    I rushed to judgment but good for him for saying that.

  6. megnailsit says: Sep 8, 2016 9:58 PM

    Everything is a big deal when it comes to Goodell behavior. He is on trial going forward. Keep these stories alive as evidence. How else can we make him gone?

  7. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 8, 2016 10:10 PM

    Wonder how many games he’d suspend a player for doing that, followed by a holier than thou lecture on the need to maintain the integrity of the game?

    But hey, now that he’s gotten the job done with Brady, who cares?

  8. nufcedmcgreevey says: Sep 8, 2016 10:12 PM

    Goodell needs mental help.

  9. TheTruth says: Sep 8, 2016 10:13 PM

    Was Goodell generally aware that his behavior was against the rules set forth in the NFL personell handbook and therefore an afront to the integrity of the game?
    What goes around comes around. Most people would get fired, Goodell should get 10 years behind bars given that he believes in over-punishing to make a statement.

  10. attorneyfootballtalk says: Sep 8, 2016 10:14 PM

    Wouldn’t this incident fall under the NFL’s conduct policy?

  11. gridgod says: Sep 8, 2016 10:14 PM

    Dammit Pereira — why DIDN’T you file a complaint against that big wimp?! Could’ve nipped things in the bud.

  12. bvolke says: Sep 8, 2016 10:21 PM

    Goodell is a joke

  13. clebrownsfan11 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:22 PM

    Poor Browns. Periera botches the call. You can’t replay a play after another play has been ran, and then they lost the game. Browns on the losing end of the stick again. Go figure and go Browns.

  14. imodan says: Sep 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    15 years ago this guy did this. Reminds me of a former icon who assaulted women in college and no one knew it till he was ready to retire. The NFL as an entity is despicable. The game itself is all we fans really care about but this oaf Goodell has insisted t be all about him apparently right from the start.

  15. aj66shanghai says: Sep 8, 2016 10:25 PM

    That could have led to the most boring fight in the world

  16. fmwarner says: Sep 8, 2016 10:34 PM

    Mike Pereira apologizes for his role in the shoving incident.

  17. marcinhouston says: Sep 8, 2016 10:36 PM

    “He wasn’t getting what he wanted from me” = influencing the outcome of the game through officials.

  18. rodgerstonelson says: Sep 8, 2016 10:37 PM

    Real man would have decked Goodell.

  19. chfranco says: Sep 8, 2016 10:40 PM

    A player would get suspended for this kind of thing. In an office setting this is like a late hit!

  20. jchipwood says: Sep 8, 2016 10:43 PM

    My guess it was after the patriots had lost a playoff game or one of the super bowls post spygate. You know back when Goodell and Kraft were dating.

  21. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 8, 2016 10:47 PM

    Cmon Pereira dont let the NFL goons get to you. Hell yes its a big deal. This punk Goodell meeds to be fired ASAP.

    He damages the integrity of the NFL everyday but sounds like the NFL doesnt have any. They truly should stop using thw word because they have no idea what it means.

    In protest i am not watching tonights game. Looks like its a real thriller based on the score.

  22. jag1959 says: Sep 8, 2016 10:49 PM

    Really, in the grand scheme of things what’s a little simple assault of a coworker compared to the beating Roger has laid on the league’s credibility?

  23. fortunesmith says: Sep 8, 2016 10:58 PM

    Goodell is the NFL’s Vince McMahon. I actually like having him around for the drama.

  24. 1historian says: Sep 8, 2016 11:09 PM

    Boys will be boys

  25. Deb says: Sep 8, 2016 11:11 PM

    Goodell wasn’t getting his way, so he got physical with a subordinate–and this guy is the arbiter on players acting out? Roger is a megalomaniac who punishes–one way or another–anyone who questions him. He was voted into the job by the skin of his teeth, but now that he’s there, it seems nothing will dislodge him. The owners are fools for giving Goodell the keys to their kingdom.

  26. skinstowin says: Sep 8, 2016 11:12 PM

    I like Goodell’s no nonsense, accountability approach. For example, see how he hammered new England and the cheater Brady. Whole franchise is a cheating machine. Goodell 1, ne 0.

  27. Judge Smails says: Sep 8, 2016 11:18 PM

    It’s official

    Goofwell always wanted another WWE

    But I wonder about Kraft and Rog’s camera hugs

  28. mazenblue says: Sep 8, 2016 11:32 PM

    I wish Goodell shoved me, I’d go straight for his neck

  29. nyneal says: Sep 8, 2016 11:57 PM

    Goodell is a punk. We all know it and this just adds more proof of it.
    What if say James Harrison or Clay Matthews had shoved Goodell during their forced interrogation brought on by Goodell despite having no evidence? Can you imagine what would have happened to those guys? He’d have kicked them out of the league forever.
    Goodell is a spineless coward and bully.

  30. athleticxsupporter says: Sep 9, 2016 12:02 AM

    Did he throw a flag for pushing off?😀

  31. silentcount says: Sep 9, 2016 12:19 AM

    I think Goodell was intentionally trying to injure him. Therefore, he should be banned from the NFL for one year.

  32. charger383 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:21 AM

    all current suspensions must be canceled right now

  33. amplewor says: Sep 9, 2016 12:42 AM


  34. dc4546 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:57 AM

    Taking all of the personalities out of it, this happened 15 years ago… The culture of outrage and Twitter anger hadn’t come into play yet. Two guys got into an argument and it wasn’t a big deal. They got angry and got over it. Stuff happens. The fact that this is a story now after so long shows how much things have changed over the last 15 years. It would be a huge deal if it happened last week. Don’t know if this is better or worse.

  35. nightryder10 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:21 AM

    Looking forward to the league spin that this incident never happened.
    Followed by Pereira’s lawsuit and Goodell’s firing.

  36. mogogo1 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:35 AM

    No surprise that Goodell is a little nuts. I suspect there will be some great articles and books once he is out of office. Hopefully just in time to torpedo his Hall of Fame aspirations.

  37. db105 says: Sep 9, 2016 5:12 AM

    Goodell is a total disgrace to the NFL. His actions the past couple of years has turned me off. Last night was the first time I didn’t watch the season opener.

  38. amaf21 says: Sep 9, 2016 6:03 AM

    So Goodell is a bully. What else is new.

  39. amaf21 says: Sep 9, 2016 6:04 AM

    Roger, have you ever had your head twisted?

  40. thedoctlc says: Sep 9, 2016 6:24 AM

    What’s the statute of limitations w/r/t Article 46?

  41. muffedpunts says: Sep 9, 2016 7:00 AM

    chris mortensen reports 11 of 12 times roger shoves someone in the office, they feel it like a limp handshake

  42. muffedpunts says: Sep 9, 2016 7:05 AM

    it’s more likely than not roger goodell is the biggest hypocrite in professional sports

  43. raidernation210 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:20 AM

    I am sure Pereira deserved that and more. dude is a clown and his officials were some of the worst officials in any sport and still are.

  44. joedskins1959 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:31 AM

    OMG, another great article about football!!

  45. tonebones says: Sep 9, 2016 7:34 AM

    Pereira obviously had a great amount of respect for Goodell, and the two were close enough friends that it wasn’t a big deal at all. The term “shove” might have been put in by the author of the book for obvious reason$. No wonder Pereira didn’t think it was a big deal. It wasn’t. Unless you live in New England 15 years later. Lol.

  46. eagleslayer says: Sep 9, 2016 7:46 AM

    Goodell will go down in history as the GM who took down the the Patiots

  47. helldog33 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:02 AM

    “What if say James Harrison or Clay Matthews had shoved Goodell during their forced interrogation brought on by Goodell despite having no evidence?”

    My guess is that Goodell would need a diaper change after that.

  48. factpurveyor says: Sep 9, 2016 8:07 AM

    Goodell is messing up the competition of the league for the 2016 season by affecting which teams make the playoffs and how teams are seeded as Goodell makes Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season. Four teams get to play against a backup QB and 12 teams will have to face a rested Tom Brady.

    That’s an unfair advantage for the 4 teams when it comes to the standings and the things that will affect playoff seeding and which teams are awarded home field advantage.

    All while the NFL keeps the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 secret because it shows that that footballs always lose PSI when moved from warm to cold.

    Just one of the videos that can be found online that proves that Roger Goodell and the NFL are making a mistake by forcing Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season:
    You can watch video on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

    The reason the NFL hasn’t released the PSI information from the 2015 season is because it shows the same thing that you saw with your own eyes in that video. The same things that numerous scientists have stated, including Roderick MacKinnon, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry.

  49. dexterismyhero says: Sep 9, 2016 8:17 AM

    Gosh you guys are a bunch of wussy whiners……………..

  50. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 9, 2016 8:40 AM

    having taken workplace complaints for many years during my career, this sounds off… and i would expect its more for the book than any other reason.

    the accusation has more back pedal than believability, designed to let goodell not feel the need for a denial. this part in particular…. “he was very upset, and he wasn’t getting what he wanted from me, and so he did shove me, as two people having an argument might. ”

    now i have worked in lots of offices, and in my experience, two people in that setting who are arguing do not shove each other. two drunks in a bar argue and one will shove the other. two guys in ties in an office with people around? please….

    and believe me, i’m no fan of roger goodell. or pereira either. but a book needs something to sell it, and i think this was what they chose.

  51. watchfullhose says: Sep 9, 2016 9:07 AM

    Pereira might be the only person from the NFL that I’ve hated more than Goodell. Just look at his smug face – you know whatever he did during that game (to have the officials NEGATE a play that sealed the game because he wanted to review the play before it!), he probably deserved whatever he got and more. The Browns got ROYALLY screwed that game and it has Pereira’s name written all over it.

  52. RegisHawk says: Sep 9, 2016 9:33 AM

    I’m absolutely sure a large number of the lemmings here will believe that digging up a 15-year old issue about a guy who went on to become Commissioner 5 years after that will affect his continued employment…more’s the pity.

  53. bigotshamer says: Sep 9, 2016 9:44 AM

    Just selling books here, folks. That is all.

  54. intrafinesse says: Sep 9, 2016 10:46 AM

    I would be afraid of showing someone because:

    1 – It’s a jerk thing to do

    2 – I’d expect to get fired

    3 – Id expect a lawsuit

    4 – You never know, the person you shoved may be a skilled fighter and may hit you back, a lot harder than you’d like.

    5 – It would make it harder to get another job

  55. ericrobertzs says: Sep 9, 2016 6:21 PM

    More of exactly what I have come to expect from this piece of 💩 commissioner. Good looks.

  56. muffedpunts says: Sep 9, 2016 8:29 PM

    will roger investigate himself on the “more likely than not” standard? will turning over his own cell phone become a big deal months after telling himself he didn’t need it in the first place? will he ignore specific provisions covering his office misconduct to punish himself under article 46? will he hear his own appeal? will he lie to himself about his own testimony? will he rush to file a motion in the court least favorable to his own case? if he prevails in court, will he appeal? if he prevails in the appeal, will he appeal the appeal?

    it boggles the mind…

  57. ibillwt says: Sep 9, 2016 9:19 PM

    What a wuss. Should have popped him good.

  58. subotai1 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:41 AM

    And this guy is passing judgement on Brady?? Man has no integrity. A hypocrite in a suit.

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