The Commish apparently needs to send out a new memo

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After the Wonderlic score generated by former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was leaked by one or more of the 32 teams that exclusively had access to it, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dispatched a memo reminding the various franchises that this shouldn’t occur.

“As we near our annual college player draft, please be reminded that certain information obtained during preparations for the Draft, including personal and family details, results of drug tests, scores on the Wonderlic test, and the like, are strictly confidential for club use only and are not to be disseminated publicly under any circumstances,” Goodell said.  “Disclosing this confidential information about draft-eligible players to the public can be extremely damaging to players, clubs, and the league.”

And so, exactly one week after Goodell reminded the teams not to talk about the things learned while preparing for the draft, three different teams disclosed to a reporter that cornerback Janoris Jenkins admitted during pre-draft interviews that he continued to smoke marijuana after leaving Florida and enrolling at North Alabama.

Making the situation even more intriguing is the fact that the disclosure was made to a reporter employed by the league.

In this regard, Albert Breer of NFL Network was simply doing his job.  Like the Wonderlic score, what a guy says during pre-draft interviews is regarded by the NFL as confidential.  Five years ago, for example, when a report surfaced that Calvin Johnson, Amobi Okoye, and the late Gaines Adams had admitted in a pre-draft interview to smoking marijuana, Chris Mortensen of ESPN publicly wagged a finger at those who leaked the info.  “If I were NFL commissioner,” Mort wrote at the time, “I’d be mad about this entire process and the leak, and I’d be as mad as I was about Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones and Chris Henry embarrassing the NFL with their off-field escapades.”

The latest breach of confidentiality likely won’t result in the same outcry because Jenkins is viewed as being far less sympathetic than Johnson, Okoye, and Adams five years ago and Claiborne one week ago.  But regardless of whether the player in question is viewed as a good guy or a bad guy, the NFL is (or at least should be) concerned about every breach of pre-draft confidentiality.  The fact that nearly 10 percent of the league’s teams gave confidential information to a reporter working for the league-owned network less than a week after the Commissioner reminded all teams to tighten things up arguably constitutes open defiance of the man who is running the sport.

Either way, it could be time for a new memo.  The first one apparently didn’t take.

16 responses to “The Commish apparently needs to send out a new memo

  1. Roger, I received the TPS report without the cover sheet. As you know, all TPS reports have to have a cover sheet. Do you need a fresh copy of the memo outlining this process? Because I’ll be happy to furnish you with one if you do.

  2. What would Breer do if the guy who signs his checks says he wants the names of those teams?

    Say “No Roger” and be an (unemployed) shining example of journalistic integrity? Or give up the names and never get a phone call returned again?

    Like the Warren Sapp/snitch incident, having the NFL Network “report” on the NFL is an ethical mess. It’s like watching Fox News and expecting an honest report on the massive legal/financial problems Rupert Murdoch has.

  3. All it would take is for one of these draftees to take legal action and it would stop immediately.

    The problem is that at this time of year, teams play games to have teams that are interested to rethink it and pass on the player. It happened with Dan Marino and he fell to the Miami Dolphins and it happens with other players we will hear about at some point.

  4. The reason the teams are ignoring the memo is that, unlike you, they realize that said memo was a PR sham to make it look like Goodell was doing something about an activity that has become a fact of life in the NFL and will never be changed by him or anyone else- the leaking of information by teams about players for their own purposes.

  5. Good luck trying to sue.

    I doubt there was a contract signed that the conversations were to be confidential and that there would be financial penalties for breaching that confidentiality.

    Also, good luck finding out exactly who leaked the information.

  6. The memo linked in your article says nothing about the content of pre-draft interviews being confidential, just drug testing results. The guy admitted to his past, probably to anyone who asked… how is that a bad thing?

  7. And one more thing, or two. As a fan, ticket buyer, team jersey buyer, I believe I have the right to know if the #1 draft pick made by my team is a serial killer, or burglar (see Dolphins Cecil the diesel). I have the right to know if hes a marijuana/cocaine user, I might not want my daughter dating him, or my son, which ever the case may be.

  8. I agree with the comment about a player should take legal action to get it to stop. However if he were to do this I’m sure it would affect his future in the NFL if he has one, and they probably don’t even know that’s private information. 2 years ago at the combine Cristian ballard fails a drug test, and everybody knew about it the next day. But did goodel send a memo about that? Of course not

  9. It is kind of wrong since he was only trying to do right by telling them. He didn’t have to be honest about something unknown by them. Especially since his draft stock has already plummeted a whole lot.

  10. It’s like watching Fox News and expecting an honest report

    Hurts losing that 40 year left wing media monopoly, doesn’t it?

  11. Yeah – well Goodell also has previously fined any coaches who didn’t want to give their list of injured players to Gregg Williams…

    … so they not view Goodell’s mandates with quite the same credibility anymore.

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