NFL identifies former Falcons marketing exec as noise villain

Well, now we know who the real asswhole in Atlanta is.

In the statement released by NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent on the Falcons losing a 2016 fifth-rounder and being fined $350,000, the league has pointed a finger at former Falcons director of event marketing Roddy White (not their wide receiver of the same name, a longtime friend of PFT).

Vincent’s statement says White “was directly responsible for the violation,” and “would have been suspended without pay for the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season had he still been with the club.” It adds that if White gets another job in the league, he “may be required to serve some or all of this suspension.”

White was fired by the Falcons two weeks ago, and a league source says it was because of this incident, which seemed apparent.

The statement also points out that Falcons president Rich McKay was not aware of the violation, but should have been (since he’s the guy in charge). That’s why he was suspended from the league’s competition committee beginning April 1, and may apply for reinstatement to that post no sooner than June 30.

That takes McKay out of the mix for the May meeting, at which point there may be a proposal about extra points, among other things.

19 responses to “NFL identifies former Falcons marketing exec as noise villain

  1. Of course the scapegoat is a former employee. I seriously doubt this guy decided to do this all by himself, and without the knowledge of higher-ups in the organization.

    In fact, remember how this all came out? The owner spoke up and said he didn’t feel right about the practice? Said it was wrong? Well, HE knew about it. How is it McKay didn’t?

  2. It would be great if they could dump that annoying loud mouthed clown who does the PA system at games too.

  3. Noise Villain? That’s nothing, I’ve Dastardly Decibel Delinquent on my résumé.

  4. Don’t think the Georgia Dome will be the only stadium that’s quieter next season. Suspect this goes on at many other venues.

  5. I really don’t see what the big deal is all about. I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has happened in the NFL and really is a victimless crime. Getting sick and tired of every little thing being some sort of new “gate”
    conspiracy when all fans know the franchises are crooked and that’s just standard operating procedure. Another opportunity for Goodell to posture and put on his holier than thou face for the media.

  6. The statement also points out that Falcons president Rich McKay was not aware of the violation, but should have been (since he’s the guy in charge).

    ________________

    If only such logic extended to Presidents of our country. I wonder if McKay claimed he first heard about the noise issue “when the media began reporting on it”?

  7. We the fans will never win the game of accountability. It’s like Rod Woodson trying to tackle Barry Sanders in the open field. He had Barry lined up in front of him at the line of scrimmage. It appeared that Rod should make the tackle. Then Barry jukes Rod and he loses an ACL. The NFL is too shifty, too good at making us feel like accountability will occur, the whole while knowing they’re setting us up to slip right past us.

  8. clssylssy says: Mar 30, 2015 1:12 PM
    “I really don’t see what the big deal is all about. I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has happened in the NFL and really is a victimless crime.”

    How is this a victimless crime? The victim is the other football team not being able to hear their QB’s calls gives the home team’s defense an advantage. The same way that at most NFL games the crowd is nearly silent when their own team is on the field, but is whipped into a frenzy when they are on defense.

    Maybe the NFL should fine all the home team fans?

  9. Are we supposed to believe he left the cushy executive suite, snuck into the A/V room at the stadium on game day, and cranked the volume?

    NFL = Keystone Cops

  10. melikefootball says:
    Mar 30, 2015 7:11 PM
    Yet no talk about the inflate by the darlings of the East.
    ————————
    Regardless of if/what NE did, I have a feeling the NFL is going to have a bit too much egg on their shield of their own doing for too much “truth” to come out.

  11. melikefootball says: Mar 30, 2015 7:11 PM

    “Yet no talk about the inflate by the darlings of the East.”
    ———————–

    Oh sure there is. Haven’t you heard? Grigson and Pagano are in a big rift over Grigson having run the botched framing operation with Kensil during the AFC championship game, and never told him anything about it. [rolleyes]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.