Where was Goodell when the tape arrived? Augusta, of course

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The NFL has some problems at the moment.

But up near the top of the pile is the simple symbolism of where Roger Goodell was when he should have been at the office going through the mail.

As noted by Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the day the tape of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face was reportedly delivered to the NFL offices, Goodell was at The Masters, wearing his green jacket that confirms his status as a member at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club.

Golf is fun. Azaleas are pretty. Pimento cheese sandwiches taste good.

But at the very moment when the organization Goodell runs so powerfully should have been aware of something so horrible, he was surrounded by people just like him.

Rich. Powerful. And insulated from practically anyone who might look or think differently.

Augusta’s track record of exclusion is well-documented and long-standing and only really pertinent as it applies to the bigger picture of the NFL’s blind spot to the reality of domestic violence.

The NFL knew Ray Rice dragged his unconscious wife out of an elevator. But without seeing it, the reality that he had to have done something to render her unconscious never occurred to them to be so jarring, so horrific, so repugnant that it merited more than a two-game suspension.

If the people you surround yourself with are the rich and the powerful and the insulated, you tend to view the world through a rich and powerful and insulated prism.

You can’t imagine the visceral reaction that America would have to a man punching the mother of his children and soon-to-be wife in the face.

You can’t imagine what a terrible idea it was to ask a victim of abuse to come to the office and testify in front of the man who abused her, his employers, and their superiors.

You wouldn’t stop to think that getting another perspective on this might help, that any other perspective other than the one you already have matters.

You wouldn’t have any way of knowing how people would react, because you have sequestered yourself among your peers.

You wouldn’t have any idea.

And that not knowing is the problem the NFL is struggling with right now — one that might be far more difficult to solve than scraping the pimento cheese off your shoes.

272 responses to “Where was Goodell when the tape arrived? Augusta, of course

  1. Without knowing all that stuff…you would probably follow the lead of the local law enforcement.

    Let’s put the blame where it should be – the law.

    Heck, the 2 game suspension is a worst punishment than local PD gave and the locals saw the video for sure. Careful what you wish for – would you want your employer making decisions based on his own investigation or follow the lead from the court of law.

    You are somewhat arguing that the NFL should ignore what happens in individual cases and should punish based on whatever it wants.

  2. The media is so obsessed with this story, incessantly asking (with good reason I might add) “Roger, what did you know and when did you know it?” I just wish the same standard would apply to other certain politicians/presidents who have been involved in both numerous and more severe scandals.

  3. Geez, the man has a life also! He is a member and it is the most prestigious tournys of the year, why shouldn’t he go. You want something to write about golf, how about how many golf vacations Obama has taken during his countries war and the soldiers that are being killed. THATS A STORY, not Goodell and football.

  4. Wow. Can you guys come up with a bigger smear piece, with even more classism? What’s next?

    “Rodger Goodell drives an expensive car!”

    “Rodger Goodell vacations at exclusive resorts!”

    “Rodger Goodell was going to the bathroom when an Instant Replay call went to the War Room!”

    In this day and age of highly connected work places what would prevent somebody from picking up a phone and calling Goodell’s cell phone? Unless you’re actually saying that it’s Goodell’s job to sit there and go through the office mail?

  5. Wouldn’t you have to be rich and powerful yo know how the rich and powerful think? This is low on facts and high on conjecture. You must have received your journalism degree at a Holiday Inn

  6. So the commish should have known a tape was being delivered to the NFL 2 months after the incident took place….

    This particular post is like picking on the fat kid because everyone else is doing it.

    Or it’s griping becuase Goddell makes a lot of money and the author must be a card carrying member of the Occupy Wall St. movement

    Bubba

  7. So what?

    If it’s okay for the President of the United States to go golfing after commenting on violence against Americans overseas, it should be okay for Goodell to attend the Masters when a tape shows up on Goodell’s desk.

    Get some perspective, please.

  8. What? Roger can’t have a day off?

    I have no problem with him being at the masters. I don’t think he supposed to be on 24 hour alert for incoming mail.

  9. I understand your frustrations DG, but considering that the 32 men Goodell is responsible for pleasing would fit right in with that Masters crowd and would therefore most likely have the same tone deaf problems Goodell has, I have the sneaking suspicion that the NFL doesn’t truly understand the problem they are struggling with right now.

  10. Dude was at the Masters. Alot of people were at the Masters. I feel like this article takes a few illogical assumptions and conclusions based simply on a guy going to view one of the most beautiful sporting events of the year. The guy has made some bad decisions. Going to the Masters was not one of them.

  11. Good lord Mike. You sound like a a right wing blogger complaining about Obama golfing.

    He’s allowed to golf, he’s allowed to be a member of any country club he likes abd visit the masters of he chooses.
    Considering this happened in February and was widely retorted as being delivered in April did you expect him to sleep in his office from February until it was over?

  12. Stop the insanity!
    I think the one thing that nobody is talking about is…
    Janay’s cute butt. It sure took ray a long time to even make a half hearted attempt to cover it up for her.

  13. Uh, he’s allowed to go to Augusta. He doesn’t have to sit in his office 24/7 awaiting a tape.

  14. Looks like there is ample cause to fire Goodell. This whole ordeal has been a historically bad black eye for the NFL. That said, where he was when the package arrived is nothing more than coincidence, and some of the reporting from PFT and others on the Ray Rice story has been opportunistic, inflammatory, sensationalist, and at times disgraceful. During the lockout and the replacement ref debacle this site had the best reporting and long form analysis out there, on top of insightful and (occasionally) funny run of the mill NFL stories. Get back to that.

  15. Can SOMEONE please ask the DA if/when he saw the tape and why he saw fit to allow Rice to get off scott free? Goodell is not the one we should be after if we’re looking for change.

  16. It seems like domestic violence is only publicly condemned if there’s a video. How many players in the league have been arrested for it? How long were their suspensions and how was it covered in the media? We know two players recently arrested will suit up Sunday. McDonald’s pregnant wife showed visible bruising. One player can’t be the scapegoat for an entire category of crime. Are we against this occurrence with Rice because there’s a video or are we against domestic violence as a whole? We’re confused.

  17. This is just getting ridiculous now. He should have been at the office “going through the mail”??? really? C’mon. He’s supposed to rearrange his schedule so he can sit in the building waiting for mail to arrive. I think ProFootballTalk needs to take a step back and consider the absurdity of what you are saying.

  18. johnrockeratl69 says: Sep 11, 2014 2:37 PM

    Hmmm this sounds a lot like someone else we know that’s in a powerful office.

    John,

    Ha!!! Exactly. The only difference is that the President has gotten a six year pass from the media even w/ a 38% approval rating.

  19. Breaking News: Roger Goodell, a wealthy person, enjoys doing the things that other wealthy people do.

  20. I dislike Goodell because he’s incompetent, not because he’s rich. There once was a time in this country when becoming rich was considered a good thing (we called it the “American Dream”), but I’m increasingly sure I’ll be telling my grandkids about that magical time right along with other fables like Camelot and Atlantis.

  21. Wow. Did you guys have some kind of meeting where you actually voted to abandon integrity and class or was that decision made individually?

  22. Geez, enough with the witch-hunt and mob mentality. This is becoming ridiculous. Rice is not even going to jail for what he did. He is no longer in the NFL anymore. When will this madness end???

  23. Perhaps I’m wrong here, but aren’t we vilifying the wrong man (and I use the term loosely when referring to Ray Rice) here?
    Eventually we’ll know when Goodell and the Ravens saw the video and we can all pass judgement then.
    But in the meantime, why don’t we perhaps aim our outrage and criticism at the person that actually punched the woman he supposedly loves in the face knocking her unconscious?
    Why is all the talk about what Goodell didn’t do instead of being about what Ray Rice did?

  24. Be careful guys, posting comments that criticize the article are being removed.

    Try not to hurt the writers feelings too much. Dissent is not tolerated apparently!

  25. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says:
    Sep 11, 2014 2:45 PM

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    I didn’t read what you wrote but gave you a thumbs down just because your username tells me that anything you write after that can be nothing but drivel.

  26. This has to end already. Goodell is an arrogant pig & a liar. How difficult is it for someone else to confirm that the AP news story is factual? If it’s true then there’s nothing more to talk about & no need for an internal investigation b/c then we’ll have proof that Goodell & the NFL are lying.

  27. Judging by the comments, people over the past 24 hours have swung from calling for Goodell’s head to defending him.

    That escalated quickly.

  28. This is probably the most ridiculous article I’ve ever read on PFT. You’re seriously suggesting (a) Goodell should be in his office all of the time just in case something important comes in the mail, (b) Goodell should not attend the Masters because it could look bad if something scandalous happens while he’s there, and (c) rich and powerful people don’t understand how bad domestic violence is? Sounds like somebody hates the rich and powerful for no other reason than because they are rich and powerful. That’s called envy and jealousy, not journalism.

  29. To say I have a lot of issues with Roger Goodell is an understatement. But lambasting him for being at the Masters when he should have been going through the mail is just over the top. NFL commissioners don’t hang out in the mailroom personally checking every package that arrives.

    We’re getting close to jumping the shark here.

  30. The pundits and scribes are having a field day with this. Starting to look like the PFT staff have an axe to grind with professional athletes/organizations. Were you bullied by football players or something? Still bitter from not making the team? You’ve gone off the deep end!

  31. As much out rage that is being addressed this would just be another story without the videotape. Would Mike Vick be in the NFL if we saw video of what occurred? We are all at fault for ignoring this issue. The media too including PFT. It is human nature to assign blame but Goodell is not the problem it is societal. Before we judge we need to get all the facts first. That is the real failing of the NFL. Rice should have been suspended immediately and final judgment with held until all the facts were in. My question is what about others currently playing. Perhaps PFT will pay as much attention to domestic violence in the future as it does team names.

  32. “Judging by the comments, people over the past 24 hours have swung from calling for Goodell’s head to defending him.

    That escalated quickly.”

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    I think it is more the ridiculousness of this article that criticizes a man for attending a golf event during the offseason.

  33. Hmmm this sounds a lot like someone else we know that’s in a powerful office.
    ================================

    Bush hasn’t been in office for some time now. Gt with the times man..

  34. Also imagine how ludicrous it is for this article to feign outrage at a man who manages a sports organization attending a sporting event. The horror!!!!!

  35. On this day of all days…

    IIRC, Steve Largent was a Senator for Oklahoma who lost his seat because, of all things, he had the audacity to be on a hunting trip on 9/11/01.

  36. Should Darin Gantt’s boss be investigated for letting him bring PFT to the level of TMZ and ESPN? Would you have given him a pass if say he was at his kid’s little league game and being “just another guy”?

    Really dude you seem to have a problem with anybody who makes more money than you and is actually known in public.

    Go take a break!

  37. Goodell is the best thing that has happened to NFL ownership ever. Is there even a 1% chance Goodell is terminated? Not a chance!!! The blame should not be on him!! It is a tragic situation but far to much is tossed on the NFL in these situations. First off, law enforcement should have used the full book of the law to ensure Rice was punished for this. The NFL is secondary! Listening to the media attack Rodger makes my blood boil! It is so obvious that once the media gets their sights on someone ( right or wrong) it turns into a witch hunt that people buy into !!! Imagine when the Peolple are going to be herded like cattle in the future , into their own graves, the media will sell them ok why and where, the flock will comply like the programmed followers they were trained to do so!!! Ish is all I can say! I’m forging my own path

  38. Lately I feel like we’re blaming Goodell more than Ray Rice. So what if he didn’t handle it correct at first? Rice is suspended indefinitely now, so why does this matter anymore? Let’s just move on please.

  39. @madmike66

    Happy I am not the only one peeved at the censorship. This site has turned into its own little dictatorship. Ironic given the site’s random political commentary that seems to decry that very behavior.

  40. Jeesh.. What do you expect the guy to do sit in his office waiting for the mail cart to arrive everyday not going anywhere just in case there is an important package. He’s the CEO of a multi-billion dollar organization.

    I’m no fan of R. Goodall but this article (rant) was unreadable at about 1/3 the way through… Pretty ignorant and over reaching writing…

  41. And Adam Schefter just said on ESPN that Goodell STILL has the support of the owners??? Pathetic. Just pathetic.

  42. White cop shoots in self defense, a black man that had just robbe a store…. Everyone freaks

    White commisioner tries to protect a black man who obviously broke the law… Everyone freaks.

    Lesson from this… Whitey is damned if he do and damned if he don’t

  43. What a bunch of malarky. Like he is supposed to be sitting in his office waiting for the package to be delivered by mail? Like it couldn’t be copied and emailed to him somehow, no matter where he is?

    Wow, just stop it already…..

  44. The authors comments below show a very narrow-minded view and in fact are “racist” to anyone that may be successful. If you are rich does that mean you are therefore “insulated” and have a different “prism” than anyone else? What an overreaching stereo-type!

    Per the author: Rich. Powerful. And insulated from practically anyone who might look or think differently.
    If the people you surround yourself with are the rich and the powerful and the insulated, you tend to view the world through a rich and powerful and insulated prism.

  45. Hell hath frozen over. Steelers Are Marching is actually saying things that make sense.

    Has to be a first time for everything I suppose.

  46. I thought I was the only one aware of the censorship. I thought that because every time I mentioned it, the post *disappeared*.

    Everyone has an agenda. Yes, even me, writing this. You need to employ critical thinking on your own in order to determine who is bs-ing you and for what reason.

  47. Hang him—if that is the what will you do with the Goodell what do you do with the GUY WHO PUNCHED THE GAL. Wilbon and Whitlock backed Rice—in the beginning on PTI it was silly, but what do they know!

  48. This is one of the dumbest articles. I think Goodell should go for this and a host of reasons, but this is nothing more than I guy denigrating people and making assumptions about them because of their wealth. Goodell being at Augusta is irrelevant.

  49. For all the criticism this article is getting, I think it is spot on. The writer is simply pointing to an example of why someone like Goodell would have no reasonable judgment at all on how to deal with this situation. And why he would have no idea that he wouldn’t know how to deal with the situation.

    All of our perceptions of reality are skewed by our immediate surroundings including the people we hang out with. Goodell’s perception is skewed by the fact that he sits atop a powerful, corporate machine that has repeatedly shown that it doesn’t really care or believe it has any connection to the common people on the ground.

    Why else would owners ignore their importance to the fabric of a local culture and simply move their teams or extort public funds for new stadiums or renovations?

    NFL teams are part of our cultural identity and this identity is created by the fans on the ground who support them. But owners and their minions like Goodell see themselves as being above the fans on the ground, making it impossible for them to understand why so many would react so much to their decisions.

    In many ways, it’s really not Goodell’s fault that he is blind to this. But he’s simply too mediocre to understand that he is blind to this.

  50. madmike66 says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Why are comments criticizing the article being removed if NOTHING offense is being said?
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    Welcome to my world, 78.989% of my posts get deleted within 5 seconds. If you are not quick enough, this should be gone……one….two…three….four….

  51. Just wait until they blast Goodell and the Ravens because Rihanna (domestic violence victim) is performing at the game tonight.

  52. “Judging by the comments, people over the past 24 hours have swung from calling for Goodell’s head to defending him.

    That escalated quickly.”

    ____________________________________

    I think it is more the ridiculousness of this article that criticizes a man for attending a golf event during the offseason.
    ____________________________________

    True, but I have noticed genuine defenses of Goodell’s conduct in the Ray Rice investigation. Remember, PFT commentators, Roger Goodell is absolutely terrible and you should take advantage of any chance to dump him that you can.

  53. I don’t think this site has piled on enough on Goodell for a transgression, which we don’t even know happened, which isn’t even illegal or immoral.

    Let’s talk about MLB which doesn’t even suspend players for domestic abuse. To date, Goodell and only goodell, has levied any punishment against Ray Rice.

    Not the police and not the self righteous mob that couldn’t be bothered to be upset about domestic abuse until there was a video.

    Considering the NFL has the toughest policies against domestic abuse in all the major sports, maybe the anger should be directed at the leagues that are slacking?

    Just a thought. You can now go back to gathering up the pitchforks and torches.

  54. If playing golf in a time of crisis is a fireable offense, then Obama would have been gone 5 years ago.

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    For the record Reagan went golfing after 241 Americans were killed in the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

  55. Next article:
    Goodell doesn’t have a very good cellphone plan. Not enough data and poor reception. Couldn’t he get it sent to his phone? Nope, he has Metro PCS.

    When you make $44 mil a year, you don’t have the benefit of screwing up, not like this. He’s got to go. Then replace him with another money maker.

  56. Can’t we just talk about football. Is this PRO FOOTBALL TALK?? Please no more Roger talk. You are just enabling him. LETS TALK FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL.

  57. whatnojets says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:19 PM
    madmike66 says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Why are comments criticizing the article being removed if NOTHING offense is being said?
    —————————————————

    Welcome to my world, 78.989% of my posts get deleted within 5 seconds. If you are not quick enough, this should be gone……one….two…three….four….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It happens to me all the time but it is usually on those “social” subjects like the Redskins, bountygate, bullyBS and this. It’s one thing if there is actually offensive stuff (bonafide hate, cursing) but the deletions seem based on ideological difference that have valid points and hurt the “cause”

  58. Well Goodell has two things in common with Obama.

    He doesn’t learn about the important facts of a crisis except when he reads about them in the newspaper and whenever the sledding gets tough, he goes golfing.

  59. I thought that since the season started, FINALLY, all this off the field stuff would go away. We get it. Ray Rice was in the wrong, the NFL screwed up on his suspension, and they tried to fix it. No harm, no foul.

  60. Where were the PFT folks back in April? Why didn’t they get their hands on the tape? Was everyone in the office that day or did someone dare take a day off?

    What a ridiculous rant. Enough already, we get the point…you don’t like Goodell. I think it’s pretty clear everyone agrees so time to move on to another topic.

  61. For Christ’s sake, the guy isn’t allowed to take a day off? The NFL is more than capable of running for one day without Goodell there, especially when they were still collecting evidence in Rice’s case.

    And I don’t know why you would take shots at him for being a member at Augusta. That has nothing to do with anything

  62. After each of the last two presidents had been in office for 6+ years, the vacation totals were as follows: George W. Bush – 367 days of vacation taken; Barack Obama – 92 days of vacation taken. So, if Roger Goodell wants to take 4 days each year to go to Augusta, I think the world can spare him.

  63. How come those players who murder another human being get a statue of them in front of their stadium?

  64. You have got to be kidding me….

    This smear campaign article will be the last I ever read on the subject.

    You have literally made me feel sorry for a man that made $40 million last year. I don’t know how you managed that!!

    Write something about football. I’m begging you.

  65. probably one of the worst written articles every. It was sorely painful to read and was about as profound as a 14 year old girls poem about unicorns..

    I never thought I would see the day that I’d hope for more article from Florio.

  66. Goodell is rich and powerful which means he has servants to sift through his mail. If anyone is to blame it is those servants for not delivering the mail to their master (tampering with the mail is a federal offense).

  67. I really liked how Peter Schrager was wetting his pants over this last night on Twitter, as if he had discovered some exculpatory evidence for Goodell. The tape isn’t a Mission: Impossible special that’ll self-destruct in 24 hours, lol.

  68. It has become rather obvious that Florio and his staff of minions at PFT have no love what-so-ever for Goodell. If success and the power have went to Goodell’s head, it appears that so to has success and power went to PFT’s head. It’s great that we can all have an opinion but Florio seems to think that only his opinion counts. Must be the lawyer in him that he can’t help it. I think we can move on from Ray Rice, he finally got what he deserves……now why doesn’t PFT move on and reopen the Ray Lewis investigation and coverup for us, LOL

  69. Hilarious!! So many of you commenting how this is “becoming” a gossip website. Kids, it has been nothing but that since DAY ONE. Why do you think it got so popular? Because they would break “stories” on hearsay and rumor, many of which later panned out to be true. Why do you think so many who comment on here act like they are lawyers, journalists, media experts?? The lynch mob complaints? Where do you think that whole mindset began? Jeez! It’s like you all dressed up in boots, hollered yee-haw for years then suddenly complained about the country music being played—go back to whatever you were before–let this site and this thing die. THAT’s how to end it all. Aint nar one of you cowboys, quit actin like it.

  70. Man….I really do dislike Roger, but gimme a break. The media is taking this a bit to overload. Give it a rest already. We know now what happened, lets let the after-fall take place and stop sensationalizing it!

  71. How is Goodell the bad guy in this?

    Guy hits his fiancee. Let’s not focus on him.

    Cops/D.A. don’t press charges. Let’s not focus on them.

    The guy who is responsible for disciplining union employees pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement issues a light punishment based upon precedent. Burn him to the ground.

    THAT is effective journalism. Page clicks over substance.

  72. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says:
    ____ _____ _____ _____ _____

    I didn’t read what you wrote but gave you a thumbs down just because your username tells me that anything you write after that can be nothing but drivel.
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    Yeah, I automatically give this person thumbs down for the same reason–and I’m a Steelers fan.

  73. Dear readers, you do realize (don’t you) that every time you or I post a comment or click “thumbs up” on this thread, it counts as users for PFT, drives their market share up, and encourages them to keep posting more crap like this.

  74. Man PFT, please move on from Gantt. This guy represents everything that is wrong with journalism. I am not one to bash writers, but this a ludicrous article. How about offering some interesting insight about the upcoming week for a change? I may be done with PFT if this guy keeps posting this absolute nonsense.

  75. Imagine Lombardi alive for this today. “I won’t let one of my players set foot on a field until this lying degenerate coward resigns. What Ray Rice did was horrible, and he must pay, what the commissioner has done in his terrible attempt to mange this situation is an insult to every woman alive, especially those who have been abused.” –where are the men of honor and respect–this whole situation is proof you have nothing but cowards, afraid of taking stand for what’s right, afraid of calling out a liar and coward, afraid of losing their jobs–they dont exist anywhere. Not saying I expect them to–but these lilies should never, ever equate themselves with men of character, honor and moral courage and certainly never use words like that or pretend they even understand what they mean.

  76. He took a day off….and went to the golf course….in April… in the middle of the off season? How could he?!

  77. pmars64 says: Sep 11, 2014 3:14 PM

    For all the criticism this article is getting, I think it is spot on. The writer is simply pointing to an example of why someone like Goodell would have no reasonable judgment at all on how to deal with this situation. And why he would have no idea that he wouldn’t know how to deal with the situation.

    All of our perceptions of reality are skewed by our immediate surroundings including the people we hang out with. Goodell’s perception is skewed by the fact that he sits atop a powerful, corporate machine that has repeatedly shown that it doesn’t really care or believe it has any connection to the common people on the ground.

    Why else would owners ignore their importance to the fabric of a local culture and simply move their teams or extort public funds for new stadiums or renovations?

    NFL teams are part of our cultural identity and this identity is created by the fans on the ground who support them. But owners and their minions like Goodell see themselves as being above the fans on the ground, making it impossible for them to understand why so many would react so much to their decisions.

    In many ways, it’s really not Goodell’s fault that he is blind to this. But he’s simply too mediocre to understand that he is blind to this.

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    Do you know Roger Goodell? How on earth could you know what he’s blind to after watching an interview on the NFL Network.

    Most people, rich, poor or otherwise understand and care about a woman getting knocked out by a man and see how that is horrible.

    You have no idea what Goodell thinks.

  78. “Welcome to my world, 78.989% of my posts get deleted within 5 seconds. If you are not quick enough, this should be gone……one….two…three….four….”

    I thought I was the only one!

    BTW, nobody is going to miss King Roger. Sayonara dude.

  79. True, but after the melee dies down, all people will remember is how bad this content was.

    “abqpacker says:
    Sep 11, 2014 3:43 PM
    Dear readers, you do realize (don’t you) that every time you or I post a comment or click “thumbs up” on this thread, it counts as users for PFT, drives their market share up, and encourages them to keep posting more crap like this.”

  80. This is a ridiculous article. Now class warfare is injected into this mess. Nero was playing a fiddle while Rome burned, and Roger was at Augusta wearing a green jacket and sucking down pimento cheese sandwiches when a nondescript piece of mail arrived in New York. SHAME.

    Domestic violence has been around since the dawn of time, and isn’t going to be swept away by firing people, indefinite suspensions, or depriving people of due process. When murders, dog killers and drug abusers can be reinstated it seems to me there should be a way for domestic abusers. Or we could just demand that anyone who has committed any crime should be banned from the NFL.

  81. Pretty lame article if you ask me. I am not a defender of Goodell by any stretch but is he supposed to stand by his desk waiting for mail to maybe come in that could be linked to what a player did? I am sure the guy travels with a laptop and smart phone where they could call him or email him at a moments notice if something like that came to the office on the ONE day he is not there.

  82. I don’t care how much heat Goodell takes for way he handled the Rice investigation. But this has to be the stupidest criticism ever.

    It’s not like back in April I’d have expected Goodell to be waiting in NY for the FedEx truck to show up. That’s not what was required of him and that’s not where he dropped the ball.

  83. Can we get back to really overblown coverage of FOOTBALL?… Please. This story is done. This site is a great diversion for really slow days at work but this story is ruining that.

    Rice is expelled indefinitely. He has been punished.
    Its over. Who cares if the League of extraordinarily rich gentleman handled it badly.

    The NFL is not the place to play out the tragic story of domestic abuse. It is a way bigger issue than sports and frankly no longer belongs in this space.

  84. These reports are now to the point of ridiculousness.

    Please notify me when F10R10 has taken a dumP and missed an email.

    When something real happens we’re all ready!

  85. This is a bit of a reach, no?

    Considering all Goodell legitimately screwed up, I don’t think it necessary to manufacture further perceived transgressions.

  86. This article is not worth reading, although it had the probably desired effect to get my first post ever on this site. If NBC and Florio approve of this piece, then any respect I had for them is gone. The hypocritical nature of it is astounding. If they don’t approve of it, then they should retract it and apologize. The lessons to be learned from this whole thing: 1. Abuse women all you want but don’t get caught on video or the media will crucify; and 2. If you are a commissioner of a sport, it is better to allow extremely poor behavior by your players, because if you try to clean it up, you will be microanalyzed for everything you do; 3. Don’t be successful and make lots of money (unless of course you own a tabloid pro football website and then it is okay).

  87. Who could have guessed the knockout video would cause so much more outrage when everyone already knew he beat her unconscious and dragged her through the lobby, of which a video had been out for months? The NFL should have had a stronger policy on domestic violence already, but it’s tough when people don’t even face trial. Apparently the prosecutors didn’t think videos alone gave them a good enough chance to win the case. I take no issue with Rice’s punishment, but the way this has blown up is unprecedented and Goodell would’ve had to be psychic to foresee such an additional crap storm. Now the media are really flexing their muscles cause they think they caught Goodell in a lie, with the fall back plan to their bold accusations being a shift to “Well he should have seen it.” No one involved here really cares about anything else besides money and power, aside from some of the more gullible journalists who think they’re heroes. This won’t get to the point of affecting sponsorship, the ad space is too prime and barely any are actually outraged enough to endure multiple inconveniences along the lines of picking a new brand of razors, so thankfully we won’t have to endure the circus of Goodell being replaced by someone exactly the same purely for PR.

  88. This is just about the dumbest story off all time! Not only is the media trying to tear a man down for another’s crime, but now we are blaming him for not having the omnipotent to be present for a package that no one could have known was arriving.

  89. It appears that somebody at PFT is pissed that they didn’t get offered tickets to The Masters this year.

    Mr. Gantt, what you’ve just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no thumbs up, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  90. The info. on this site has deteriorated from football news to social media witch hunting. Who can we blame for everything!!!!!! Not the guy who punched his wife out, let’s get the CEO of the company he works for.

  91. So what!

    Everyone who works gets off days.

    Truth be told, ALL people pissed at the NFL should be yelling at the legal system here. It’s not the NFL’s job to take a legal finding and re-try the case in their own court. NFL piggyback off the light punishment the justice system handed down.

  92. And a guy who runs the biggest money making entity in the USA, and makes some $32 Million/yr. DOESN’T have someone opening his mail? C’mon man!
    Are you saying he needs to be there 24/7 with a letter opener in hand, waiting for the mailman to get off the elevator?
    Now you’re reaching, PFT. Your TMZ imitation needs work! Try sticking to football and quit bein’ so darin’, Darin.

  93. How many CEO’s go through the office mail? answer is 0.

    He could’ve just as easily been at MD drive through for a breafast burrito or taking a dump……. who cares.

  94. Yes, this article is absolutely absurd. So Goodell is supposed to have a Crystal ball that tells him when a video that some cop should not have even been showing him arrived at the NFL office?? Goodell should not have gone home, slept, or anything else. He should have been waiting around for this thing he didn’t know was coming??

    At first I read this and thought….good lord, this is 5 minutes of my life I will never get back and couldn’t not believe you wrote it. But now I am glad you did, because as a reader notes in a comment above, your argument is so ridiculous that it starts to expose how absurd this whole media fueled witch hunt is as a whole. As a fan that just wants to get back to reading football articles. I thank you for that at least.

  95. Ray Rice is the ONLY one to blame. NONE of this has anything to do with Goodell. He has alot on his plate. Try doing his job for a year and dealing with all these idiots.

  96. I thinks its time we open an investigation into Darin Gantt’s investigation of Roger Goodell’s investigaton of Ray Rice.

  97. Roger gets paid $44 million from the billionaires who he works for. Can’t feel sorry for him

    The owners will keep him because he is making them additional billions

    Hope he had to pay for that green jacket.

  98. I am shocked this “news” article is still up. What an amateurish attempt to find a new angle. Never a huge fan of Darin’s reporting style or voice but this is over the top. Sorry but a swing and a miss on this one PFT.

  99. LOL, posters crying crocodile tears for the 40 mil a year man.

    You do know he’s not giving you folks any of that money, right? So get off your knees and quit defending him.

  100. If Goodell wants this to end he’s off to a good start. Claim you know nothing about it and then say you’ll get to the bottom of it. It works for our Prez. The last step he should take is come out and say he’s a liberal. The media will slowly start to circle the wagons.

  101. It appears that a certain somebody has never been to Augusta and is having a bad case of the Thursdays over it. Here’s a novel idea. There’s some NFL games coming up, how about talking about them? Just a thought.

  102. I’ll admit to being as interested as anyone in how this was (mis)handled. . . . . . . but what in the hell is this article even about?

    Goodell was in Augusta when he should have been at the office because someone in Baltimore punched someone in the face?

    Please take a moment to wrap your mind around that and understand how ridiculous it sounds.

  103. At first glance I was like – “wow, these readers/commenters on here are all fools” because 95% of the comments on here support this ridiculous media obsession. But then I noticed several of my responses that contradict the articles get removed immediately. I then notice that the ones that contradict and DON’T get removed, have the highest percentage of thumbs up. Therefore my confidence in the readers/commenters on here is restored. Its just that this is the only sports journalism site around that delete comments (that are not offensive in nature) just because they disagree with the author, and that is sad.

  104. Wow I hate the guy as much as everyone else and think he deserves whatever is coming to him, but this is too much. You’re blaming all of this on him bc he’s rich.

  105. So, the guy can’t take a day off? I don’t have a problem with that. Obviously, a lot of other people posting to this website don’t have anything else to do with their time but bash Goodell and the NFL.

  106. Why are comments criticizing the article being removed if NOTHING offense is being said?
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    Same thing happens to me, even though I tend to fall to the left on most issues. At least the censorship is bipartisan…

  107. I wonder how many Ray Rice/Goodell stories would have been avoided if the Browns actually played Johnny Manziel for a play or two on Sunday.

  108. I didn’t know corporations are responsible for administering the law. But hey Florio et al seem to think so. So let’s ask the real question- anyone at NBC or its affiliates ever been busted for drunk driving, spouse abuse, assault, other heinous crimes? What did NBC do? did they go dig dirt- fire them?

    If so, what about announcer DUI’s. NBC the glass house- Florio- clean up your company then the nfl.

  109. Florio (rightly) criticizes other media outlets like ESPN for their horrible coverage, overblown articles, or generally stuffing their feet in their mouth. I’d like to so Florio step up to the plate and write a retraction/apology article for this one. This is simply a terrible, information-less hit-piece. If Florio and NBC want this site to have any credibility they need to disavow things like this. Chance of this post getting deleted is high.

  110. You are absolutely right. Clearly the ability to fully understand the intricacies of a domestic violence investigation is the key credential to consider when hiring a successful NFL commissioner. Let’s fire the guy negotiating pro-owner labor agreements and killer TV contracts and go hire an assistant D.A. from New Jersey who could have gotten this right.

  111. This is completely IRRELEVANT and meant to stir the pot (and I am a very vocal critic of Goodell).

    Who cares if he was at Augusta? That vacation (the Masters) probably had been planned ahead while the NFL didn’t know the exact day they would receive the tape. Also, a trusted colleague could have signed for the tape and then emailed Goodell the contents, or simply told him what it showed until he could get home and view it himself.

    Also, with it being the offseason, there was no pressing time issue/need to do it ASAP. I highly doubt the whole league stops whatever they are doing whenever they receive evidence in a Personal Conduct issue, especially when the start of training camp is months away.

  112. Um valid points, only problem is, that is EXACTLY what they do, ignore what happened and base punishments on random things.
    How many games was Stallworth banned for? OH WAIT… he only took another mans life and just received $4.5 million in bonus pay from the Browns which he then promptly handed over the mans family he took from them and they were all happy. Wouldnt it be great if we could all spend 24 days in jail for exterminating someones life while drunk driving? Oh sorry 25 days and Florida gave him a 5 day credit dropped the sentence down from 30 days.

    holla2626 says: Sep 11, 2014 2:37 PM

    Without knowing all that stuff…you would probably follow the lead of the local law enforcement.

    Let’s put the blame where it should be – the law.

    Heck, the 2 game suspension is a worst punishment than local PD gave and the locals saw the video for sure. Careful what you wish for – would you want your employer making decisions based on his own investigation or follow the lead from the court of law.

    You are somewhat arguing that the NFL should ignore what happens in individual cases and should punish based on whatever it wants.

  113. It sounds like people believe secretaries don’t know to give the boss the mail when he gets back.

    Nice try, but no cigar.

    #FireGoodell

  114. Am I the only person who doesn’t care about this from the start and now or when it finishes?

    Week 2 starts tonight!

  115. With pieces like this you are actually making people say, “Ok, why don’t you take it easy on Goodell…” That is a very difficult thing to do.

  116. We need to have this conversation in the larger context of the NFL and it’s treatment of women.

    An organization made up of organizations that have, collectively, nearly no female executives on the female side of the business; which has scantily clad near-volunteers there solely for their sex appeal to men at nearly every game (the Giants are a notable and principled exception to this, and I’m a Pats fan so that’s not easy to say); which thrives on advertising from Hooters and Carl’s Jr which portray women as little more than jiggly bits to ogle; an organization like this can not possibly get it right when it comes to women.

    And so the Ray Rice 2-game suspension for what they already knew was an horrific act, or the Roethisberger 6-games-reduced-to-two for a second accusation of sexual assault, they happen because the NFL is inherently sexist to its core.

    This needs to be the catalyst which brings women into the NFL in a meaningful way-from scouting, coaching, player personnel evaluating, and yes, even playing (if you think that there are no women who could make it as a kicker or slot receiver, you are out of your mind). Until this happens, the NFL is perpetuating gender discrimination. the commodification of female sexuality, and the culture of violence against women.

  117. PFT should suspend this writer indefinitely on the basis of wasting our time on ridiculousness. I guess the people of the world should wait by their phones 24/7 for bad news. Give me a break ……..

  118. Last I checked, the guy who sent the video to the NFL office did so unsolicited and was not authorized to do so.

    If Goodell was not aware the video was being sent, why would he be expected to be waiting for it to arrive?

  119. Lets get real. Something goes wrong everyday in the NFL. So he left his office that day? Maybe if he gets fired he can go on the physic network? This coverage is getting a little overblown now.

  120. I remember when PFT was the leading site for scoops on nfl news and the status of players and teams. Now it is no better than the national enquirer or other gossip rags at the local grocery store. Nearly every headline these days is a slanted story about a team name, the sexuality of a practice squad player, or a player punching his wife.

  121. Wikipedia:
    Internet Pitchfork Mob
    The internet version of a torch and pitchfork mob. A group of angry people raging about a problem that rapidly gains supporters, taking over topics, comment sections and product reviews with rage posts. Tramples anyone who doesn’t agree mercilessly.

    Commonly occurs in response to controversial topics or unpopular actions by corporations and/or the government.
    ie. The game’s been broken for two days and there’s an Internet Pitchfork Mob on the forums and in the amazon reviews!

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    Ray Rice is the criminal. Roger Goodell, at worst, used bad judgement in the punishment of a player. The same player the criminal system failed to punish, wife refused to hold accountable, etc.

  122. I’m appalled that Roger Goodell doesn’t open every piece of mail that comes to the NFL offices every single day of the year. What exactly does he do for his $39 million a year. Shocking…… just shocking!

  123. But up near the top of the pile is the simple symbolism of where Roger Goodell was when he should have been at the office going through the mail.

    As noted by Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the day the tape of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face was reportedly delivered to the NFL offices, Goodell was at The Masters, wearing his green jacket that confirms his status as a member at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club.
    __________________
    For God’s sake… the incident happened in February, and Roger Goodell was at the Masters in April…. who cares?!?!? Please stop the madness!!!

  124. Darin, you are now looking quite desperate.

    You act like the commissioner of a major professional sports league is evil for going to the Masters? Are you serious? Next you’ll blame Goodell for climate change, and ISIL.

    The increasing shrillness of PFTs “coverage” is backfiring…it will only accomplish the impossible; ie, increase sympathy for Goodell…because you are holding him to a standard you wont demand of others. Your envy is showing.

    The smart play would be to sit back and let Goodell self-implode. But you and Florio are far too “SJW” for that. So you self-sabotage your own case.

    Good luck with that.

  125. This post is by far the most blatantly political, left-wing, and biased commentary I’ve ever seen on PFT. For years I followed Peter King’s column at SI, and over that time he incorporated more and more non-football commentary into his column, and inserted obviously liberal points-of-view on events and items having nothing to do with football or sports in general. Even if my politics aligned with his, that’s not why I read his work, and it is not why I come here. I gradually started to tune out what was once required reading for me, and now only sporadically check his MMQB column. For the first time in all the many years I’ve been viewing PFT I feel that same line has been crossed here.

    Darin can bash Goodell, rich people, Augusta National, and any other leftist boogeymen all he likes, but please do it somewhere else, and keep PFT for football. Please keep this site concentrated on the sport and the issues directly involved with it.

  126. I think you nailed it Darin. The temptation that power creates is the reason Presidents serve a max of 2 terms and yet still, we have issues. The snow ball is now the size of K2 and even more dangerous for the NFL if Goodell isn’t let go. resignation is unacceptable , he must be fired. The owners have a short window here. There is a lot more out now than just the Rice issue. We see now the ball has been dropped during his 8 year watch when it comes to come the issue of domestic violence. 50 convictions and only 13 total suspended games? Hypocrisy and ignorance at its finest.

  127. PFT, you are seriously pushing your readers away. Between the constant post on this subject, and the tone of each post being biased against Goodell, you clearly don’t like him and are using this page as nothing more than a tool to get you’re biased message across. Beyond that, you are giving Goodell’s handling of the case far more press than the real criminal here, Ray Rice. This is just giving Rice cover to hide under.

  128. Dudes, the context here is that Augusta didn’t admit women members until 2012. It’s the classic “Old boy’s club” that sweeps stuff like this under the rug. It’s a valid and fair point-not that Goidell was away from the office, but *where* he was that was observed by DG.

  129. Hey Darin, why don’t you delete another comment trashing of mine trashing your worthless reporting and insane class warfare. From the looks of how many other comments are getting through, you’re having a hard time keeping up!

    Florio, please fire this nut.

  130. ebr362 says:
    Sep 11, 2014 2:39 PM
    Geez, the man has a life also! He is a member and it is the most prestigious tournys of the year, why shouldn’t he go. You want something to write about golf, how about how many golf vacations Obama has taken during his countries war and the soldiers that are being killed. THATS A STORY, not Goodell and football.
    ==================================

    He’s taken far less vacation than his predecessor. But let’s not bring partisan politics here, mmmk?

  131. Your tactic worked. I texted a friend who doesn’t regularly read PFT and told him I had just read the worst article ever. He did and agreed it was the worst ever. His exact comments were that if the author “is not fired, his boss should be.” Unlike PFT, I am much slower to call for someone to lose their livelihood, but a retraction and apology is warranted. And FYI, you got an extra click from my friend today, but as this was his first introduction to PFT, he has no interest in ever checking it out again.

  132. Some of you folks are getting lost in the details!!!!!!

    How could He conclude an investigation, and announce a sentence, without a crucial piece of evidence, that he knew existed? The NFL has a bunch of lawyers on staff, so no lawsuit or other legal manuver to obtain said material? No additional contact with police or the press for additional evidence? It sure seems like they didn’t want to find evedence, in the “Good Ole Boy Network.”

    What should the NFL do with an incompetent 44 million $ commissioner?

  133. While I don’t condone what Ray Rice did and have my questions regarding how the initial investigation went, I do want to say there’s no place I’d rather be at that time then Augusta too! Don’t forget the Hooters Bikini contests on Wed and Fri, wooohooo!!!

  134. Who cares? It’s not the employers job to be an enforcer. If Rice broke the law, the authorities should prosecute. Not the NFL. Where ARE the authorities?

  135. I… don’t understand. Is this an opinion that Goodell should have been at the office opening mail, a rant against Augusta National and its historically exclusionary policies, or an Occupy Goodell anti-1%-er screed? Do you also complain when Obama goes golfing when [insert not-good event here] is going on?

    Domestic violence isn’t something that only happens to minorities and poor people. Rich people are aware of it, they certainly experience it, and since the are Actual Human Beings, they do understand how other human beings react to graphic images and video of it.

    The thing is, his job is to represent the teams’ owners. They never intended anyone to see it. As far as they knew, law enforcement and the courts were taking care to make sure he wasn’t wasting playing time in jail, too. They want to protect their investment (lots of millions to players). It is in their worst interest to have all this come out (scandal, oh noes!), which is why they put together a farce of an investigation and announced a suspension that people were upset about. And like with most things in the NFL, it probably would have gone away like they wanted if not for some pesky drug policy questions and suspensions that would be compared to the DV policy/suspension. Sensing a hot topic, TMZ then decided to jump in with a smoking gun. It was a perfect storm. If Gordon, Welker and (to a lesser degree) Prater and a few others had not been suspended for longer than Ray Rice, this probably would have faded from the average fan’s radar, to be brought up occasionally when grumbling about some other boneheaded thing the league did.

    Since they did suspend those guys, and since it was picked up and held up in comparison to Rice’s suspension, the story would not die like Goodell and the league intended. And now we have people frothing up to the point where they feel they NEED to publish a rant, any rant, as long as it’s perfectly clear to America that they know Domestic Violence Is Wrong (And Also Golf, Rich People, and Augusta, GA, in this instance, for good measure).

  136. How many NFL Players were at the Masters? I bet a bunch. EVERYONE in the NFL PLayers owners and administrators are rich. This has NOTHING to do with Rice smacking his spit-fire of a wife/girlfriend.

  137. Sounds like the author of this senseless article is vying for a job with the Huffington Post. What a bunch of bilge !

  138. So I suppose if he was making an appearance at the Special Olympics instead, that might be okay? Cripes people. And it’s wonderful to see some of you make comparisons to the President. Because somehow that’s a relevant comparison. Sheesh.

  139. PFT – please put the authors of these articles next to the headlines so we can tell which ones we don’t need to click on.

    “Roger Goodell was when he should have been at the office going through the mail.”

    Someone should suspend you for being such a terrible writer.

  140. Florio is nowhere near the top of NBC and i bet you he didnt sort the mail that came to PFT. How u blaming him for not being in the office for a delivery he didnt know was coming. Does the CEO of your company sort the mail that comes in?

  141. For those who are comparing the vacation time of our most recent two presidents, the previous president’s “vacation” time includes time spent at his ranch conducting a normal work day. That type of vacation doesn’t compare to the taxpayer-funded vacations the current jet-setting WH occupant takes.

  142. Not defending what he did, but how can you tell without seeing the elevator footage that he hit her? The footage from outside the elevator only shows him dragging her out. If you only had verbal testimony and the footage from outside the elevator, you cannot definately say he hit her. This is what evidence the public and maybe the NFL had until the 2nd tape was released.
    It was a deporable act.

  143. Is this an opinion that Goodell should have been at the office opening mail

    It’s just piling on.

    I’m strangely comfortable with it.

  144. Yes, a normal workday on the ranch.

    Cuttin’ wood and ridin’ his mountin’ bike.

    Oh yeah.

    Normal work day.

  145. protector of the shield, yeah right, this guy has a day job and he spends it at an event for another sport, are you serious? incompetency at its finest in dealing with a situation that if it was the 2008 version of Roger Goodell would have been on top of and had handled in a matter of days back in February with Ray Rice probably being banished for life and crucified by the media all while saving the NFL legitimate face and coming out looking like a hero, clean as a sheet, but instead this…… and this is the commissioner of our league, Roger the Dodger, its time for you go since you want to stop protecting the oh so mighty NFL shield which now you want to hide behind, give me a break

  146. I guess he should just move into his office and wait for any issues that may pop up ever.. Give the guy a break..

    Im pretty sure we all don’t live our jobs 27/7 and neither should Roger. We have to remember its only a job.

  147. This is pure sensationalist garbage. What the hell does Goodell being at Augusta have anything to do with a man beating up his wife in an elevator? The media is about to do the impossible, which is turn Goodell into a sympathetic figure. I’m starting to think maybe it was Goodell on that elevator video. Seems like he’s taking more heat than Rice or the New Jersey penal system.

  148. I am really not following the logic of this article. Are you suggesting that Goodell was not doing his job because wasn’t waiting for the tape to arrive that he wasn’t aware was being delivered? Are you suggesting that being rich and powerful is somehow a sin? Perhaps Goodell should apologize for his wealth and power. Are you suggesting that his decisionmaking was flawed because of his wealth? He couldn’t understand that battery is bad for wives, bad for publicity, and bad for football because of his wealth? I get that the NFL botched the Rice investigation and followup, and even call for his execution if you wish, but who cares where he spends his free time.

  149. I think it’s telling and a bit disheartening how many people are programmed to defend the rich and elite in America, no matter what the topic or context. America is not a democracy, it’s a plutocracy (ruled by the wealthy.) This is never so obvious as when reading posts like these.

    MONEY. OVER. EVERYTHING.
    Y’all are a bunch of sheep.

  150. clashpoint says: Sep 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    I think it’s telling and a bit disheartening how many people are programmed to defend the rich and elite in America, no matter what the topic or context. America is not a democracy, it’s a plutocracy (ruled by the wealthy.) This is never so obvious as when reading posts like these.

    MONEY. OVER. EVERYTHING.
    Y’all are a bunch of sheep.

    bridgeh2o says:

    clashpoint, you are SO WRONG!!!

    Most the people aren’t defending a guy WHO IS RICH, they are just defending a guy from ridiculous accusations. He happens to be rich…..SO WHAT. I don’t hate him because he is rich……the guy worked his tail off to be where he is at.He didn’t throw the punch, but that seems to be Darin’s slant, which is WAY off base.

    It’s just as bad to hate on someone who is a minority, just because he/she is a minority as it is to hate on someone just because they have money.

    Tolerance is tolerance…….

  151. Yeah, herd those sheep… Does everyone really believe Goodell truly earns that $120,000.00 (45Mill/yr) every single day of the calendar year? He’s definitely not now lol

  152. What difference does it make where he was? He has just as much right to take a day off as any of us. Personally I think the original decision was made after talking to the Ravens and their lobbying for Rice. Remember the owners are who Goodell works for.

  153. Who says hating him for being rich?
    He’s rich for sucking at his job, though.

    Bridgeh2o, I think you’re just a brainwashed tool.

    You think hating someone for being rich is the same as hating on someone for their race? Economic social classes are a construct of society and government. A person’s race is literally an act of GOD, or nature, or evolution, whichever you prefer. I don’t find them the same at any level.

  154. wow. Just imagine if we lived in a world where very important info could be shared almost instantly by some sort of electronic or digital service, Figure out how to do this, dear readers and you will be rich!

  155. So the guy can’t do anything but sit in his office? I don’t know, sometimes I go to the park and chase squirrels, but that’s only because my income won’t allow a trip to Augusta. If it did, I’d be there rubbing elbows with Goodell. Good trolling motor you got there sir, well played.

  156. Augusta?!?!? I AM OUTRAGED!!!! I want to know where everyone else was during the time was delivered so I can pass judgement upon your souls as well.

  157. Seriously? The guy can’t take a god damned vacation? He should rush back because someone got in trouble? Its not his job to look after everyone. When people get in trouble, he schedules the meetings and has them when he needs to. Jesus christ, let it friggan go.

  158. kisstherings says: Sep 11, 2014 4:07 PM

    At first glance I was like – “wow, these readers/commenters on here are all fools” because 95% of the comments on here support this ridiculous media obsession. But then I noticed several of my responses that contradict the articles get removed immediately.

    You are correct sir and you are not the only one that has noticed this and typically it happens to me in those articles when the author is wanting to beat us in to submission with their train of thought.

  159. I’m surprised The Masters didn’t reschedule their golf tournament to allow the NFL to fashion their “I’m outraged!” face at Ray Rice, despite the fact that Janay herself is over it and married him and wishes we would just leave the two of them alone.

  160. Ooo, I just realized women and minorities are underrepresented among pro sports commissioners. Wonder what we should do.

  161. Wow this article is so in line with the Liberal agenda. Bring up class warefare, just like Obama does. Oh wait, Obama golfs ALL the time, oh yea and was attending Jay Z fundraising efforts in Vegas when 4 americans were killed…Really? I think Roger is in the wrong on this whole thing but if you call him out for golfing then you HAVE to call out your lovely leader for doing the same thing and ignoring every crisis that falls all around him.

    I for one, I am happy Roger has money, as well as everyone else who is “Rich” and has money and is part of a club. This is America..people are supposed to move up the ladder, make money (when the government isn’t taking it all) and live the American dream. You should be happy for the wealthy people in this country, they WORK their butts off to get there (usually). You sound like you work at McDonalds and are crying because you aren’t making $20 an hour doing a job that anyone can do at a type of job that should only be a stepping stone for your future. Get over it, people have money…some don’t…everyone can have money if they get off their couch and try! Really PFT this sunk to a new low.

    What..Roger had a cell phone? OH someone could have called him…what a novel idea!

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