Roger Goodell: I’m proud of way our league responded this weekend

AP

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Saturday morning in reaction to President Trump’s Friday night call for the league to get rid of “son of a bitch” players who don’t stand during the playing of the national anthem and his words were followed by many others from owners, players and coaches around the league.

As Sunday’s games wound down, Goodell, who called the President’s comments “divisive” and lacking respect for the league, shared his thoughts about a day filled with focus on how players comported themselves during the anthem.

“The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “I’m proud of our league. . . . They reflected the frustration, the disappointment, of the players over the divisive rhetoric we heard [from the President].”

King asked Goodell if he was bothered by that prospect of more of the same in weeks to come.

“No,” Goodell said. “We live in an imperfect society. A public discourse makes us strong.”

The President continued to comment on the league via Twitter over the weekend and on Monday, which suggests that the discourse may not be ending in the immediate future.

154 responses to “Roger Goodell: I’m proud of way our league responded this weekend

  1. Here you go, activist NFL players. He’s your wise leader now. Stand behind him through thick and thin. Me and the majority of America are behind Trump, and support our troops, honoring and respecting the flag and our country.
    Protesting at work is never a good idea. Players should be disciplined for anti-American displays on public television. And if anyone thinks this is bringing attention to some ’cause’, it’s not working. Whats catching attention is your display of disrespect, that’s it.

  2. “I’m proud of the way our league responded this weekend. Now let’s finalize that contract that will pay me $100 million per season!”

  3. .
    “No,” Goodell said. “We live in an imperfect society. A public discourse makes us strong.”

    Said the lying cheat who covered up the truth during framegate. Luckily he has an army of house men who present his viewpoint as if he were the messiah.
    .

  4. I bet he is. I bet he was also proud to see players before this week disrespect the anthem. I bet he was proud to see McCoy STRETCHING during the anthem. I hope he is proud if ratings drop.

  5. You thought you were going to war with the POTUS.

    You actually alienated a large number of fans.

    Well played?

  6. It’s very telling when someone says they’re not offended by players disrespectful actions during the anthem but then claim to be soooo offended by our Presidents comments, which ECHO millions of people’s views by the way.

  7. So, do any of the kneelers, grandstanders, and media have any solutions or ideas to make progress on the issues they are so bravely bringing awareness to or is this all just becoming a fad for virtue signaling and self righteousness?

  8. does anyone else find it funny that all the old people who say the younger generations are too sensitive are the ones who are saying they will stop watching the NFL because of some players performing protests during the national anthem?!?!?!?!

  9. So, it’s okay to break the rule that every team is supposed to be out there, standing, for the National Anthem?

    It seems to me that million dollar fines and loss of draft picks are certainly called for in such a blatant tarnishing of the shield.

  10. There sure are a lot of people who were chirping about boycotting the NFL taking time today to read and comment on NFL articles to talk about how they’re going to boycott.

  11. He talks out of both sides of his mouth. The rule book states that everyone is on the field and standing. When is he going to enforce that rule????

  12. ” to my fellow millionaire and in some cases billioaire owners, nothing but nothing must stop this locomotive of a gravy train we got goin! Patriotisim ? Screw it ! Let’s keep the inmates happy and productive. When the league folds in a few years we’ll all be on our own little islands”

    Roger

  13. Cant stand the NFL anymore. Kneelers ruined it. For a cause that nobody knows what the kneeling stands for? Everyone has equal opprotunities in this country. You just have to work for it. Which seems to be too tough for some. FOr this I do blame Goodell for not putting an end to the kneelers.

  14. You’re proud of that??? Seriously?? The entire league is under scrutiny. Nobody wants politics mixed with their football. You’ve allowed these few dirt bags who probably have no idea what they are protesting for tarnish the league forever. So yeah, you go be proud.

  15. Good. I’m proud that you approve of half of the league not standing for the anthem. I’m glad to know the NFL’s position. Makes it much easier to say goodbye. I’m no fan of Trump, but I won’t support kneeling for our anthem and standing for the British anthem. Because GB has such a great record of racial harmony. Bye Nero. Keeping fiddling.

  16. Your players are what started this – not a politician – and it was right and proper to notify the players that they have absolutely no constitutional right to protest when they are working for a private employer – you have failed your job, the President was spot on doing his.

    The players are wrong here and have no rights to do what they are doing.

  17. Keep it up, Goodell!! The NFL ratings are down and I can’t wait to see what they were for this weekend. Talk about killing your own golden goose…The same goes for the owners who made a public statement, and the hypocrisy was deafening. The “silent majority” is taking action now, and it will get worse! President Trump had the guts to speak, what many were feeling. Protest? Fine with me. Protest on your own time, not at your place of EMPLOYMENT. Many do not like Jerry Jones; however, he had an in-house meeting 2 days ago, with COACHES & PLAYERS. I will be VERY surprised if there are any protests on my team!!

  18. THANKS A LOT, TRUMP! Now, for the next two weeks, or more, there will be continuous coverage on all channels and stations. That is what we were all hoping for..

  19. You’re proud that the focus all weekend was on protests and not games? You’re proud that millions of fans, the people who make you rich, are pissed off?

  20. I hope you’re proud of this Roger:
    -I will only watch Ravens games going forward.
    -I will never watch the NFL Network again.
    -I will never watch MNF, TNF or any other night unless the Ravens are playing.
    -All highlight shows will never grace a television in my home again.
    -My four Raven PSL’s will be sold at the end of this season
    That was absolutely disgusting yesterday.
    Screw you Roger.

  21. I wonder if all of the pseudo-patriots on here who threatened to never watch the NFL again if the protests didn’t stop are starting to get a little nervous about their positions.

    I mean, they aren’t worried about not being able to watch football anymore- none of them are actually telling the truth about giving up the NFL- but maybe they are getting a little uneasy about being exposed as the frauds that they are.

    As a matter of fact, shouldn’t you already be gone? You said you would stop watching if the league didn’t back down and after yesterday it’s obvious they aren’t going to.

    Maybe I’ll start noting the screen names of all the people who threatened leave and them start calling them out every week when they continue to post. That might be fun.

  22. funny, while others may argue all they want about this topic… I simply see the rhetoric from POTUS as nothing more than another diversionary tactic – he constantly does this, throw gasoline on one fire to distract from another – honestly, is it possible for him to actually address the business of the USA and stop rambling around in the street mud?

  23. More reason to fire this idiot. the ravens go to england kneel for our anthem and stand for the queens. IDIOTS…

  24. Perhaps it’s time to stop with the National Anthem before the games. Where it was a time for a diverse group of people to stand in unity to celebrate shared rights such as the freedom of speech, it has become a divided demonstration thus undoing the point. Nobody has to be right and nobody has to be wrong. The NFL and the players know people turn to football as an escape from real world problems – not as a reminder of those problems.

  25. What are they protesting again? It has and always will be something. “They” have to play the victim. Everyone in the country has equal opportunity. It’s what you do with it that matters.

  26. What about the ‘double standard’ Rog?

    If I can recall you wouldn’t allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear stickers on their helmets honoring the slain cops in Dallas after President Obama’s speech on race

  27. Before 1998, teams didn’t even come out of the locker room until AFTER the anthem! Like how a few teams yesterday stayed in the locker room, how about we go back those “good old days”? That way the issue is off the table and we are all saved from the grandstanding and bloviating from BOTH sides and so players can get back to playing football and the President can go back to tweeting about how he won the election.

  28. All of this conduct is detrimental to the league (ratings, ticket sales, etc)… and he agrees with it. And yet he’s ok suspending players for conduct detrimental to the league/team. oh the irony.

  29. I’m proud of Roger too. He’s right and Trump is wrong. It’s freedom of expression, unless Americans want Trump to take a away their rights, should support the league and nor Trump.

  30. I’m proud of Roger too. He’s right and Trump is wrong. It’s freedom of expression, unless Americans want Trump to take a away their rights, should support the league and not Trump.

  31. Well now what do the people in charge think “the Fan”. After all the name calling and statements from the Players, Owners, Sport talkers, Trump etc. What are the real bosses going to do? Does the “Fan” believe that common unity is derived from solidarity with God and Country or social justice. Your choice “Fan”, your the boss of this country no one else. My God be with you in your decision.

  32. That’s it for ol’ Rodger. While he thought it was great, I’m guessing 2/3 of the NFL owners didnt and aren’t happy about the consecutive 3 weeks of ratings decline. Noting he’s in contract negotiations right now, it wouldn’t be surprising if they dumped Goodell and went in a different direction.

  33. Normal people think this is idiotic. The media and elites in this country manufacture outrage instead of focusing on real problems and real solutions. There’s nothing to be proud of from a player, owner, or commissioner standpoint. What a joke these people are!

  34. Stopped watching ESPN after the initial deflategate scam in 2015
    Stopped watching NFL network in 2016 after Suspension was upheld by the appeals court
    Stopped watching all non-Patriots games after Brady returned from suspension
    Now, I’ll stop watching all games until the team apologizes

  35. The NFL picks and chooses which free speech it allows. Dallas Cowboys weren’t allowed to wear helmet decals honoring fallen police officers from Dallas. But, players can continue to kneel and raise their fists in the air. The NFL is going to sink faster than the Titanic.

  36. I’d like to see the ratings for this week’s games. Everyone is acting like they are boycotting the NFL and never watching it again, but I’m guessing that the ratings didn’t take too much of a hit, if any. And also with all the negativity about the on-field product over the first 2 weeks, this week has produced some fun football – even the Thursday night game.

  37. I hate to be Buzzkillington here but there were some outstanding games played this past Sunday as well.

    8 of the 15 games (53%) were decided by one score or less. Too bad nobody wants to talk about what happened on the field. It was a very exciting weekend for what went down on the field.

  38. So many people threatening to stop watching football. So many say fans will leave and the ratings will tank. Yet here they are on a football website, reading and commenting. I think it is sort of like the day after you’ve gone on a bender. You swear off booze forever…until the hangover subsides and friends want to go out.

    My guess is the majority of fans don’t like that players kneel for the anthem and wish they’d do it some other time. My guess is they will still watch football and go to games. I’d also guess they are pretty upset Trump stuck his nose into it and made it worse.

  39. That faint sound you hear Roger is the silent majority. It may be faint but it can change the course of history. You’re product is now in it’s cross-hairs. Players change every 3-5 years, your fans were with you for generations.

  40. Yes, the players took the ravings of an irresponsible lunatic and instead of quickly dismissing them as nonsense they instead made Trump’s statements into the most relevant and newsworthy story of the weekend. Nice job guys.

  41. The guy who started this protest never took the time to vote. Nuff said! Stand up, shut up and put your hand over your heart to honor those who gave you the right to be a complete ass!

  42. Really Roger?

    The NFL rule book specifically requires both teams appear on the field for the playing of the anthem, standing, remaining quiet, and holding their helmets in their left hands. Failure to do so can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks.

    The rules are found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:
    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses

  43. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 25, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I wonder if all of the pseudo-patriots on here who threatened to never watch the NFL again if the protests didn’t stop are starting to get a little nervous about their positions.

    I mean, they aren’t worried about not being able to watch football anymore- none of them are actually telling the truth about giving up the NFL- but maybe they are getting a little uneasy about being exposed as the frauds that they are.
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    They will just be lumped in with all of the bozos that said they would move out of the country if Trump got elected, but didn’t.

    Why anyone thinks that anyone else cares if they watch football or not is beyond me.

  44. Goodell you are an idiot. I’m done paying the salary of someone who doesn’t respect my great country (technically we do pay their salaries), so I won’t watch anymore. I know all you care about is money so maybe if this gains ground you’ll act like a leader and do something about it.

  45. codythao35 says:
    September 25, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I’m proud of Roger too. He’s right and Trump is wrong. It’s freedom of expression, unless Americans want Trump to take a away their rights, should support the league and not Trump.
    ————–

    Freedom of expression is limited in the workplace should the employer so decide. It has nothing to do with the bone headed idea that Trump is taking away their rights. Nor is it a 1st amendment issue as the government isn’t trying to take away their rights.

  46. you guys have an inflated sense of who you are !!! you are a 32 team business 1696 players plus admin personnel and coaches you are a stubby tail that wants to wag the dog… few of you have ever served your country… in fact most of you don’t understand anything but you own little selfish lives as football players. You keep letting the players and some owners who scrape the cream from the top and then dishonor America and you won’t have a job much less a league

  47. “Maybe I’ll start noting the screen names of all the people who threatened leave and them start calling them out every week when they continue to post. ”

    posting is not “watching”. when the owners start congratulating roger on how many posts there are on NFL themed message boards, I’ll stop posting. as of now, I’ll stop watching until the teams apologize to the fans.

    The real rub is that many people will stop watching games their team doesn’t play in. National games get 15-25 million viewers and only 2-3 million are local, very easy for me and all AFC fans/former fans to give up NFC games

  48. Roger, the best thing you can do at this point is take the players off the field.

    Nothing is being accomplished here. BOTH sides are becoming more and more polarized.

    You stand to lose a considerable and measureable amount of your core fanbase if you let this go on.

  49. I’m glad you feel that way, Roger. Here’s the thing though…just so you understand. MOST of this country was not proud of the way your league handled themselves this weekend. It is the FEW that agree with you…it’s this kind of crap that will seal Trump’s re-election. Keep it up…the more this continues to make news, the more public property is defaced, the more the Madonna’s of the world keep doing what they do…all of it only broadens and bolsters Trump’s base. You’ll see…

  50. Goddell needs to consult with the CEO of Target. Maybe he can learn something on how pandering to racist white hating activists can cost a company billions. Targets bathroom plan resulted in a 2 billion dollar loss in revenue and the CEO’s pay slashed in half.

    It comes down to the NFL’s cash reserves and the threat of losing it. Eventually the Owners pocketbooks will win over any “agreement” and support with the NFL player activists…

    Goddell you are only buying time before the lions eat you

  51. To quote Mark Cuban when he referred to the NFL a few years ago…’pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.’ We are witnessing the beginning of the end of the NFL as we know it and it is a self inflicted wound.

  52. I wonder if Goodell will be proud of the ratings next week? Go ahead and dig your heels in Goodell…we the patriotic fans will too! #BoycottNFL #StandUp

  53. Three weeks into the season, ratings are down approximately 10%, coupled with last years 12%. That is a decrease of about 20% in a year and a half. If that trend continues, the NFL will have lost about $1.2 billion in revenue (approx 20% of gross) in two years. Any business which loses that quantity of income will promptly fire the CEO and look for a new business paradigm.
    Anyone who thinks the billionaires who own the teams will just happily accept the loss of revenue and not look closely for what caused it, and endeavor to fix the problem by whatever means they deem necessary, is totally delusional.

    As a further point, the players ARE putting their money where their mouth is: If NFL revenues are down, the salary cap goes down, which, in turn, costs the players money since they get approximately 50% of the gross revenues.

  54. I am done watching anyone but Dallas, Cincinnati, and Carolina. We will see how Goodell feels when he sees guys like me not tuning in even more along with guys dumping their PSL’s for pennies on the dollar to scalpers. This is only the beginning.

  55. Now it is time to really make a statement. Remove the USA flags from the helmets, stop bringing out the giant USA flags onto the field, replace the National Anthem with We are the World, and rename the league to the Global Football League or simply Football League.

  56. We all need to band together this weekend and turn the NFL OFF. Once owners see how much money they’re losing they’ll force these clowns to start showing a little respect. Let’s make this happen! Power to the People!

  57. I fully agree you have a right to boycott the NFL if it offends your views…but why do the players not have a right to their view too. Note that peaceful protest is an ideal we should strive for – no one is getting hurt by players kneeling or sitting. Goodell is a clown, but here he is backing up his players rights – and the flag that everyone is hanging themselves on protects their right to protest. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. For me, it’s nice to see athletes taking a stand in something they believe in.

  58. Yep, I’ll probably still watch the Pack play, would be lying if I said different. But as a veteran of these United States of America and a military brat before that, I can’t stand to watch this crap. I want to see a ball game, not all this post game pregame crap, what a millionaire that plays a game thinks isn’t on my radar by along shot. Do something about it guys. kneeling isn’t helping a damn thing. Put your money where your mouth is I’ll never spend 1 cent on the NFL again, just cut NFL network, quit ESPN years ago (I’ll STREAM THE pack game). lets clear the stands for a few weeks and see if the “NFL Family” hears what the Fans have to say. BTW, didn’t a team agree to stay in the locker room this weekend until after the Anthem but found out they would lose timeouts Et. They chose to come out so….Taking a stand isn’t that important if it costs ya…That says it all kids…..

  59. Goddell stay out of politics. No place for it in this sport. Until then I too am boycotting the league AND IT’S ADVERTISER’S.

  60. Rodger has to say that if he wants to keep the peace with the players association,
    and not have the players go after him. Keeping the emphasis on Trump deflects it off him. However, like many posted it will backfire. By not addressing CP kneel down from the get go, look what the NFL has now. I love all the TV crowd who thought CP was disrespectful now joining the kneel down craze.

  61. Rodger has to say that if he wants to keep the peace with the players association,
    and not have the players go after him. Keeping the emphasis on Trump deflects it off him. However, like many posted it will backfire. By not addressing CK kneel down from the get go, look what the NFL has now. I love all the TV crowd who thought CK was disrespectful now joining the kneel down craze.

  62. jgd3rd says:
    September 25, 2017 at 11:19 am
    I hope you’re proud of this Roger:
    -I will only watch Ravens games going forward.
    -I will never watch the NFL Network again.
    -I will never watch MNF, TNF or any other night unless the Ravens are playing.
    -All highlight shows will never grace a television in my home again.
    -My four Raven PSL’s will be sold at the end of this season
    That was absolutely disgusting yesterday.
    Screw you Roger.

    —————–
    Also a Ravens fan here…you do realize our Ravens took a knee and on foreign soil no less? Watch only Ravens games? They were the first one I turned off and won’t be watching the Ravens or any other NFL team for that matter. The only way to hit the NFL where it hurts is to boycott ALL games and merchandise and that includes the Ravens who I am ashamed of!!

  63. There didn’t seem to be ANY unity at all for most teams. Seems a few players from each team did their own thing. Proud of the Vikings for not having any sitters/kneelers, etc…Standing arm in arm as a team….what’s more united than that?

  64. bos8888 says:
    September 25, 2017 at 11:12 am
    There sure are a lot of people who were chirping about boycotting the NFL taking time today to read and comment on NFL articles to talk about how they’re going to boycott.

    ———————-
    Yes, they were chirping away all afternokn yesterday about how they were boycotting. But since banging away at their computers is not watching football I think they just might have been for real on that.

  65. So Roger, you fine players for breaking some rules, but not others.. This is the rule agreed to by NFL and NFLPA.

    NFL RULES!! The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the National Football League rulebook. It states:
    “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

  66. @pauldeba says – posting is not “watching”. when the owners start congratulating roger on how many posts there are on NFL message boards, I’ll stop posting”.

    Do you really think that the NFL doesn’t already monitor such data? That’s the funny thing about you “boycotters”. You don’t have enough sense to realize that your alleged boycott is irrelevant.

  67. Ever the opportunist, Goodell, who has a deep ambivalence to the welfare and concerns of players, decided to back the players. And lo and behold ratings were up this weekend. I guess its a positive that Goodell backed them, but to say it was genuine ignores the last 10 years of his track record.

  68. Great news: The preliminary score for “Sunday Night Football”, a low for this season, was down 11 percent from early scores the same night a year ago and 9 percent from the week before.

  69. Brady was fined for conduct supposedly detrimental to the league. Sort of. Yesterday, dozens of players and almost whole teams displayed conduct detrimental to the league that was recorded and Goodell is cowed.

    Not watching tonight. THAT’S conduct detrimental to the advertisers and ESPN. will I get fined? No. Will I be fine. Most assuredly.

  70. codythao35 says:

    I’m proud of Roger too. He’s right and Trump is wrong
    ================================================

    11 thumbs up, and 76 thumbs down. LOL

  71. Willycents:
    As a further point, the players ARE putting their money where their mouth is: If NFL revenues are down, the salary cap goes down, which, in turn, costs the players money since they get approximately 50% of the gross revenues.
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    Actually, they aren’t putting their mouths where their money is, at least not yet.

    The effects of the lost revenue will come in the future, when the salary cap decreases, which will result in lower contracts. If these guys have multi-year contracts in place, it could be years before they feel a salary cut. In effect, many of them are insulated from the effects on their pay, at least for the foreseeable future, at a minimum until next year’s salary cap is figured if not much longer due to their contracts already being in place.

  72. boisestatewhodat says:

    September 25, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I’m glad you feel that way, Roger. Here’s the thing though…just so you understand. MOST of this country was not proud of the way your league handled themselves this weekend. It is the FEW that agree with you…it’s this kind of crap that will seal Trump’s re-election. Keep it up…the more this continues to make news, the more public property is defaced, the more the Madonna’s of the world keep doing what they do…all of it only broadens and bolsters Trump’s base. You’ll see…

    ==================================

    I sincerely hope the Presidential debates of 2020 don’t hinge on NFL anthem politics. It is such a minor thing that Trump is just looking to score cheap points on with his base because he isn’t scoring points anywhere else. He himself denigrated the military several times last year (ie McCain, the Gold Star family) so for him to beat the drum of respect is transparent opportunism. Not the first politician to do it, and certainly not he last, but lets recognize it for what it is.

  73. kindbass says:

    Will you people quit whining and just start your boycott already?
    =====================================================

    Did you not read about the low ratings last night?

  74. Explain this to your Owners Roger

    In metered market numbers, the primetime matchup that saw the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10 snared an 11.6/20, the worst SNF has performed this season so far. It’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s game, Atlanta’s 34-23 win over Green Bay. Amid cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of the SNF season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.

  75. “In metered market numbers, the primetime matchup that saw the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10 snared an 11.6/20, the worst SNF has performed this season so far. It’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s game, Atlanta’s 34-23 win over Green Bay. Amid cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of the SNF season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.”…..

  76. Ever the opportunist, Goodell, who has a deep ambivalence to the welfare and concerns of players, decided to back the players. And lo and behold ratings were up this weekend. I guess its a positive that Goodell backed them, but to say it was genuine ignores the last 10 years of his track record…..

    Nice post, but it is inaccurate. The total NFL Sunday was down 10 percent from the year before at this time. Look at my post above

  77. You commentators are all rich – favorite player beats a woman? Sure, I’ll watch! Every hit accrues to brain damage? Hit harder – I’ll watch! Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Broncos, and others found or alleged cheating? Sign me up, I’ll watch! Couple of dudes kneel during the anthem? Disgusting, I relinquish everything, the league is shambles.

    Everyone complained that Goodell shows his priorities when he suspends a player for domestic abuse for one game and another for smoking weed for longer. Might be fans show their priorities when they “boycott” because a first amendment right conflicts with their ideology, but don’t boycott teams who employee murderers, rapists, cheaters, or domestic abusers. Might be a bit more honest to be commenting how y’all don’t agree with the CONTENT of the protest, not the method. I’m guessing – just guessing – that most of this comment list agrees a cake maker in Colorado should have the first amendment (religious) right to turn down a gay couple’s wedding cake without getting fired, but not the right of an NFL player to speak out on an issue they care about without getting fired.

    Wading thigh deep in hypocrisy, I’d say…

  78. Your proud? Im embarrassed for you and anyone who protested. Your NO American. Your so wrong on this and i hope you pay for it. Im hoping all fans boycott your nfl by not buying your apparel. Boycott all your sponsors as well. Your ruining this league.

  79. Funny how many people in this country only believe in freedom of speech if that speech agrees with you.

  80. Just because there is another collective bargaining agreement on the horizon. Decisions are usually based on profit motives, this one does not make sense.

  81. Awesome response commissioner. Doesn’t Trump have better things to do like maybe getting those unemployed coal miners back to work (one of his many promises)?

  82. @ genericuser8888
    “The effects of the lost revenue will come in the future, when the salary cap decreases, which will result in lower contracts. If these guys have multi-year contracts in place, it could be years before they feel a salary cut. In effect, many of them are insulated from the effects on their pay, at least for the foreseeable future, at a minimum until next year’s salary cap is figured if not much longer due to their contracts already being in place.”
    ——————————————–
    Excellent analysis. However, IF the salary cap drops, say, 20%, all the teams will be over that level, based on current salary outlays. That will result in either re-negotiation of most contracts at a significantly lower rate, or, cutting many of the veterans who have reasonably high salaries. A 20% cut in the salary cap would be about $30 million from its current level. That would require a significant adjustment to salaries.

  83. Funny how many people in this country only believe in freedom of speech if that speech agrees with you.

    So you agree with being anti police and anti white?

  84. Hey other than leather face Jerry Jones and hillbilly Jerry Richardson the owners spoke out against the moron we have as
    a President. The three stooges together are not whats wrong with NFL its what wrong with our world. Nice going you chumps!

  85. craigkintexas says:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    Great news: The preliminary score for “Sunday Night Football”, a low for this season, was down 11 percent from early scores the same night a year ago and 9 percent from the week before.

    ———-

    I don’t think people understand how popular the NFL is. They can lose in the ratings and still be the most popular thing on TV by 50 X.

  86. TheNaturalMevs says:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm
    I am done watching anyone but Dallas, Cincinnati, and Carolina. We will see how Goodell feels when he sees guys like me not tuning in even more along with guys dumping their PSL’s for pennies on the dollar to scalpers. This is only the beginning.

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    You are done except for watching 3 teams? That’s more than most fans anyway. Not much of a boycott.

    Also… people will be happy to buy up the PSLs. There are long waiting list for many teams.

  87. I kept the TV off this past Sunday and took my kids to an MLS game. It was nice to just watch a sports game and not be dragged along with everyone else’s agenda.

  88. Roger couldn’t take the kind of hit he would have had agreeing with the president. He is so close to that cash he had to take this one for the bank account.

    I’m sure roger especially liked the sitting in London for the Stars and Stripes and standing for God Save the Queen. One dude even went hand over heart for “God Save the Queen”. Priceless stuff from the think tank that is the NFL.

    I sure hope our pro athletes can get out of bed this week, work out for a job and cash those big checks, party with some strippers without feeling to oppressed. The rest of us can go punch the clock for peanuts.

  89. rosstuckershair says:
    September 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    So you agree with being anti police and anti white?

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    that comment shows a severe misunderstanding of the issue

  90. It would be really awesome if the president devoted as much time to coordinating relief efforts to Puerto Rico as he does going after the NFL.

  91. psousa1 says:

    September 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I’m proud of the way Allejandro Villanueva handled himself (or is he not entitled to his opinion?)

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    He is! and glad he did what was in his heart and exercised his rights, just like the other players. Its a good thing. Conversations like these are not allowed in North Korea and are monitored in Russia.

  92. chiefsfolife says:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    We all need to band together this weekend and turn the NFL OFF.
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    Forget that. I watched all of the football I could. I’m not going to let the terrorists win.

  93. I sure hope our pro athletes can get out of bed this week, work out for a job and cash those big checks, party with some strippers without feeling to oppressed. The rest of us can go punch the clock for peanuts.
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    Stop going to games. Stop buying food and beer.

    Stop watching the games.

    Stop buying jerseys hats and hoodies.

    Convince your friends to do the same.

  94. Yes, keep getting distracted by stupid anthem protest. Keep letting them pin us against each other and divide us. Meanwhile, both sides aren’t doing a single thing to change anything and the powers to be are laughing all the way to the bank. WAKE UP PEOPLE. RESPECT DIFFERENCES. UNITE FOR A BETTER AMERICA.

  95. Thumbs down for the first amendment? I would say that’s “un-American”, but I guess that thumbs down is also an expression of the first amendment too. A weird one though.

  96. Proud of Allejandro Villanueva, proud of all the players who kneeled. Not proud of anyone who makes a snap judgment about anyone who who puts words in the mouths or disagrees with anyone who doesn’t share their point of view.

  97. 345snarkavenue says:
    September 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    rosstuckershair says:
    September 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    So you agree with being anti police and anti white?

    ———–

    that comment shows a severe misunderstanding of the issue..

    Don’t I? That a exactly the issue. Then I will add Colin K into the issue to further show the silliness of their protests

  98. Watch out Rodger, you think you stood up to the President and showed force for the league.

    1. If you back Trump into a corner and continue, don’t ever think you will get an
    apology.
    2. Trump can easily declare to the media and on twitter (NFL ban month October)
    —Suggesting fans that believe kneeling down during the anthem is disrespectful
    not attend any NFL games in October, not watch any NFL games in October, not
    buy any products advertised during NFL games, cancel the NFL network. refuse
    to buy NFL merchandise etc etc.
    3. Trump has the power to really strike back here if he chooses. There are about 50%
    on this issue that support his stance.
    Balls in your court Rodger, what are you going to do?

  99. Any body wants to turn of NFL games? Not me, never, because I don’t like Trump. I’d rather be on Goodell’s side. It’s called freedom of expression, and it can happen anywhere any time.

  100. I watched football to be entertained, not to be preached to. I’m Done.
    Mailing my fan gear back to the Packers, with a nice concise note. No more watching the games, and this is my last post on this site. Mark Cuban was actually right.

  101. He’s proud of teams sitting in their locker rooms or not standing at attention as directed in the NFL rulebook? So some rules are to be enforced like the right socks players wear but spitting in the eye of a good portion of the the fans is A-OK.

  102. The Ravens were humiliated in London, the Jets beat Miami( the Jets !!),Buffalo beat Denver, Pittsburgh lost to Chicago, & Oakland & Seattle also lost . All the fans of the just mentioned teams are really glad all everyone is talking about are the protests, otherwise posters would surely be taking about the god awful play of so many teams on Sunday!

  103. styro1 says:
    September 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm
    He’s proud of teams sitting in their locker rooms or not standing at attention as directed in the NFL rulebook? So some rules are to be enforced like the right socks players wear but spitting in the eye of a good portion of the the fans is A-OK.

    —————————

    I’m curious, do you actually believe what you post, obviously not having read the rule book or do you just troll for the Trump voter you know will never check to see if it is actually in the rule book?

  104. codythao35 says:
    September 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Any body wants to turn of NFL games? Not me, never, because I don’t like Trump. I’d rather be on Goodell’s side. It’s called freedom of expression, and it can happen anywhere any time

    People are turning off NFL games. haven’t you heard ratings are down?

  105. LOL @ the one guy ranting about how he’ll never watch football again. Unless his team is playing. Get bent. All of you flag worshipers will be back with your miller light in a couple weeks.

  106. Roger, you, the clown squad who took a knee, and the cowardly owners who defended them are denigrating the memory of that great American hero, former all pro safety Pat Tillman. He gave his life to defend the flag. You defile his service.

  107. Despite all the rhetoric suggesting otherwise, this is not a binary issue (standing for the anthem is respectful, all other postures are disrespectful). Kneeling is not disrespectful.

    If you don’t want to take the word of this Vietnam era vet, look it up for yourself. What you will discover (if you don’t already know it) is that kneeling is and has long been considered a sign of reverence and respect. Assuming a posture that displays reverence and respect disrespects nothing and no one.

  108. willycents says:
    September 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm
    Three weeks into the season, ratings are down approximately 10%, coupled with last years 12%. That is a decrease of about 20% in a year and a half. If that trend continues, the NFL will have lost about $1.2 billion in revenue (approx 20% of gross) in two years. Any business which loses that quantity of income will promptly fire the CEO and look for a new business paradigm.
    Anyone who thinks the billionaires who own the teams will just happily accept the loss of revenue and not look closely for what caused it, and endeavor to fix the problem by whatever means they deem necessary, is totally delusional.

    As a further point, the players ARE putting their money where their mouth is: If NFL revenues are down, the salary cap goes down, which, in turn, costs the players money since they get approximately 50% of the gross revenues…………………………………………………………………..

    The big test will be the new TV contracts. Each 10 percent increment that the NFL is down equates to 200 million…You are 100% right. Lower TV contract equates to lower salary cap or less players…

  109. What does Jerry Jones say? He’s too smart or has too much revenue to loose if America’s team does anything non American. Quite the Catch 22.

  110. I wonder how many of those against the players freedom to protest are also those of the belief that soldiers fight and die for our freedoms?
    So the freedoms they fight and die for are just those that they agree with.

  111. And how many who are against the players sitting during the Natl. Anthem are sitting down at home in front of the TV when it’s played?

  112. Yes, let’s have that conversation why 500 people are murdered and 4000 shot each year in Chicago — mostly black on black crime. Or why 4 year old need to play in their parents’ bedroom so they don’t get shot in the head. Or why the black community now has 70% of their children borne out of wedlock and how that affects their children. Or why players like Adrian Peterson and Antonio Cromartie have children all over the country from many different mothers. Or why you are probably 100x more likely to get shot by a fellow black than a police officer. But liberals and players NEVER want those conversations. Or maybe we can hear from they have done to reduce the damaging actions set forth above. And what they are willing to do to protest and change those glaring statistics. Protest that. Than you can tell me how I need to listen to anything you have to say.

  113. Never liked goodell, like him less now.
    I wish President Trump would sponsor another football league again. I bet it wouldn’t fail this time. Go head to head against the nfl. I’d watch. Give us some, “HEHATEME”.

  114. That flag still represents a time when my people were enslaved. Your law enforcement still embodies the same principles they were created for (to police blacks and keep them in line), your labor laws, child support laws, and educational systems are all designed to keep the black man down. So, why? Why should we respect symbols of a country that has shown me and my people nothing but disrespect?

  115. hlmatty1 says:
    September 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Yes, let’s have that conversation why 500 people are murdered and 4000 shot each year in Chicago — mostly black on black crime. Or why 4 year old need to play in their parents’ bedroom so they don’t get shot in the head. Or why the black community now has 70% of their children borne out of wedlock and how that affects their children. Or why players like Adrian Peterson and Antonio Cromartie have children all over the country from many different mothers. Or why you are probably 100x more likely to get shot by a fellow black than a police officer. But liberals and players NEVER want those conversations. Or maybe we can hear from they have done to reduce the damaging actions set forth above. And what they are willing to do to protest and change those glaring statistics. Protest that. Than you can tell me how I need to listen to anything you have to say.

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    Why is it that a black man can not get a quality education to get them out the communities in which black on black happens. See you talk black on black crime but never discuss the root causes of it. Again labor laws, child support laws, and educational systems are all designed to keep the black man down.

  116. With all due respect, we are all subject to the same system regardless of race and origin. It is the character, values, lack of personal discipline and lack of resourcefulness that is the causation. What you are advocating for is a cop out on personal responsibility.

  117. homesbypatrick says:
    September 26, 2017 at 11:24 am
    With all due respect, we are all subject to the same system regardless of race and origin. It is the character, values, lack of personal discipline and lack of resourcefulness that is the causation. What you are advocating for is a cop out on personal responsibility.
    ______________________________________
    Yes in terms of a education, you make both of what you have and your personally supposed to do more. But funding has a lot to do with it as well. However, in smaller localities the receive less educational funding than say a larger one. And let’s not talk the District of Columbia (where I reside by the way, went to and graduated from DC public schools), which is a city and not a state–with no representation in Congress, and therefore does not receive the same funds that a state, such as Virginia and Maryland would, even though they pay more in taxes than that of both Virginia and Maryland.

  118. correction above – i meant to say the original poster was correct in his assessment of the systems – with the caveat of the inequality of funding and quality of early education

  119. I have an idea. Why doesn’t Congress pass a law prohibiting public subsidies for Professional Sports teams. Shouldn’t matter to them, should it? Or if that is to much how about requiring teams to wear the flag on their uniforms when they play in publicly subsidized stadiums?

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