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Roger Goodell gets loudly booed, league exec pushes back

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The good news about having 80,000 people show up for the draft is that it makes the event seem bigger than ever. The bad news is all more voices to boo Roger Goodell with.

Boo Goodell they did in Philadelphia. He played it off as well as he as he could, welcoming the crowd to bring it on with a forced smile. They responded with even more volume.

But while Goodell tried to put a happy face on the situation, long-time NFL executive Greg Aiello bristled a bit.

Aiello is right, but this isn’t a time for logic. Booing the Commissioner has become part of the draft experience. Wherever it goes, whoever shows up will boo Goodell. And when he walks to the crowd they’ll clamor to shake his hand.

But when he goes to the podium, they’ll boo.

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32 Responses to “Roger Goodell gets loudly booed, league exec pushes back”
  1. elyasm says: Apr 27, 2017 8:37 PM

    He’s the worst commissioner in the history of sports, how do they expect us to greet him?

  2. dallasskinsfan94 says: Apr 27, 2017 8:40 PM

    To them were a bunch of peasants, the elite couldn’t care less about the fans and our freedom of expression. Funny part is we’re the reason for those profit numbers.

  3. 33vikes says: Apr 27, 2017 8:41 PM

    David Stern got booed all the time too. I’m sure Goodell is hurt badly while he makes 35 Million a year.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 27, 2017 8:42 PM

    Smithers are they booing me?

    No sir, they’re saying Boooooo-urrrns. Boooo-urrrns.

  5. tangotwo22 says: Apr 27, 2017 8:52 PM

    He’s earned it!!!

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 27, 2017 8:57 PM

    The most corrupt commissioner of any league in modern American sports history.

    Lies, blatant double standards, fabrications, corruption, he is disgusting.

  7. rootpain says: Apr 27, 2017 8:59 PM

    Goodell is the first commissioner to be universally hated and justifiably booed.
    Aiello, of course, is blowing smoke as he always does. The draft road show would be just as successful without Goodell. The Quid Pro Quo flattery by Aiello, which is his standard approach, has been used too often in the past to be believable.

  8. factpurveyor says: Apr 27, 2017 8:59 PM

    Roger Goodell’s integrity is still missing as Roger refuses to demonstrate transparency while keeping the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 NFL season secret.

  9. theaveragecharlie says: Apr 27, 2017 8:59 PM

    Philly “fans” would boo their own mothers. Bring the draft where it would be appreciated. Green Bay in 2019.

  10. factpurveyor says: Apr 27, 2017 9:00 PM

    A few of the reasons why intelligent people boo Roger Goodell:

    • Denying the science which proves that footballs lose PSI when they get cold and even more if they are also wet.
    • Orchestrating and marketing a year long smear campaign using the national media.
    • Telling numerous lies: “56 deflategate lies”.
    • Abusing the court system to perpetuate the deflategate farce.
    • Using all the things listed above to take both a 1st and a 4th round draft pick away from the Patriots.
    • Also using those things above to force Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.
    • Continuing to keep the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season secret because it would show everyone that footballs lose PSI when they get cold & wet.

  11. irsaysneedle says: Apr 27, 2017 9:01 PM

    quite possibly the least likable person in the NFL today.

  12. getoveryourself999 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:03 PM

    Boo all you want. He makes his employers billions of dollars a year regardless of what fans do or say. He’s listening to the boo’s and laughing all the way to the bank.

  13. camcameronsucks says: Apr 27, 2017 9:08 PM

    Look I get it, I don’t like Goodell either but this has been going on for too long now, it’s old….

  14. factpurveyor says: Apr 27, 2017 9:08 PM

    Roger Goodell traded the integrity of the NFL for an opportunity to take draft picks away from the Patriots. When will Roger Goodell stop hiding the PSI information from the 2015 NFL season?

  15. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 27, 2017 9:08 PM

    factpurveyor says:
    Apr 27, 2017 9:00 PM
    A few of the reasons why intelligent people boo Roger Goodell:

    • Denying the science which proves that footballs lose PSI when they get cold and even more if they are also wet.
    • Orchestrating and marketing a year long smear campaign using the national media.
    • Telling numerous lies: “56 deflategate lies”.
    • Abusing the court system to perpetuate the deflategate farce.
    • Using all the things listed above to take both a 1st and a 4th round draft pick away from the Patriots.
    • Also using those things above to force Tom Brady to miss 25% of the 2016 season.
    • Continuing to keep the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season secret because it would show everyone that footballs lose PSI when they get cold & wet.

    —————–
    We heard you before.

    The booing is not about the Patriots. Its about Goodell.

  16. cobrala2 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:15 PM

    You could see his regret in poking Philadelphia on his face.

    Proud of Philly.

    E-A-G-L-E-S: EAGLES !!!

  17. gauchosporlife says: Apr 27, 2017 9:17 PM

    It’s Philly, they’ve booed Santa of all people.

  18. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 27, 2017 9:18 PM

    theaveragecharlie says:
    Apr 27, 2017 8:59 PM
    Philly “fans” would boo their own mothers. Bring the draft where it would be appreciated. Green Bay in 2019.

    ————–
    Naw, they would boo Green Bay’s mothers too.

  19. rooneyruleblues says: Apr 27, 2017 9:22 PM

    Pass Florio the Pulitzer for this great article.

  20. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 27, 2017 9:24 PM

    The bylaws if the NFL stipulate that the commissioner is to have the utmost of integrity and be above any owner. That he chooses to sway with the breeze created by whatever group of owners blows the most is proof he has sold out his soul to keep getting the big bucks.

    Basically, he is the complete opposite of what the bylaws stipulate.

  21. buffalomook says: Apr 27, 2017 9:38 PM

    Replace Goodell with someone else and that person would be booed regularly in a couple years too. People always need someone to hate and the commissioner is as good as anyone because that position is always the face of unpopular decisions that are really being influenced by the owners anyway.

    People can hate him all they want but most of the things he does that people hate, are the same thing most other commissioner’s would do.

  22. nfl1818 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:46 PM

    so Greg, I see you are as out of touch as your boss

  23. elitekane says: Apr 27, 2017 9:46 PM

    Actually the fans are the reason that imbecile has a job.

  24. factpurveyor says: Apr 27, 2017 9:49 PM

    Booed at the superbowl.
    Booed at the draft
    Will likely be booed at the 1st game of the season.

    I see a trend….

  25. lifetimefan says: Apr 27, 2017 9:52 PM

    Roger is lucky. As far as a fan base goes the city of brotherly love it ain’t. They have been known to throw batteries at opposing players.

  26. caucasian1975 says: Apr 27, 2017 9:55 PM

    Goodell is the first commissioner to be universally hated and justifiably booed.
    Aiello, of course, is blowing smoke as he always does. The draft road show would be just as successful without Goodell. The Quid Pro Quo flattery by Aiello, which is his standard approach, has been used too often in the past to be believable.
    _________________________

    Stern and Selig were booed for the majority of their tenure,, and Bettman is still despised by the majority of the nhl fans.

  27. theheyseed says: Apr 27, 2017 9:59 PM

    buffalomook says:
    Apr 27, 2017 9:38 PM

    Replace Goodell with someone else and that person would be booed regularly in a couple years too. People always need someone to hate and the commissioner is as good as anyone because that position is always the face of unpopular decisions that are really being influenced by the owners anyway.

    I don’t agree with that. You never hear NBA fans booing Adam Silver and he has made some hard decisions.

    Goodell must go.

  28. factpurveyor says: Apr 27, 2017 10:03 PM

    Football fans everywhere who value integrity thank the people in Philadelphia for doing what we would have done if we could have been there.

  29. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 28, 2017 12:15 AM

    Sure other commissioners get booed, but what Goodell gets goes to a level, its really bad. Contrary to popular belief its not just a bunch of “classless Patriots fans” (the common phrase). The Pats fans (who to be fair have a legitimate bone to pick, that was bs) are in on it sure, but Goodell has laid so much uneven justice around the league plus the CTE handling and lots of other stuff, pretty much everybody has a beef with him now. Even those fans who he has not targeted their team or players lately still get disgusted with the lies and corruption. At this point he might as well stop making up excuses to stay away from Gillette (thats starting to look pretty ridiculous) because it makes no difference any more. No matter where he goes he is going to be hated and booed.

  30. revelation123 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:17 PM

    He’s a sub-par commissioner, but that doesn’t mean everything he’s done is bad.

  31. ibillwt says: Apr 29, 2017 9:00 AM

    We want him fired! It’s not a joke or a tradition.

  32. gotham23 says: May 23, 2017 4:29 PM

    getoveryourself999 says:
    Apr 27, 2017 9:03 PM

    Boo all you want. He makes his employers billions of dollars a year regardless of what fans do or say.
    ——————

    No he doesn’t.

    To make money for the owners, Roger Goodell would have to put on a uniform and play football.

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