Congress probes NFL intervention into selection of brain researcher

AP

From time to time, Congress gets interested in the activities of the NFL. Given that this interest could, in theory, eventually result in the creation of a federal agency charged with the oversight of football and other pro sports, the NFL typically tends to take notice.

Via ESPN’s Outside the Lines, four members of Congress recently asked the NFL to provide documents and other information regarding efforts to intervene in the selection of a researcher at Boston University who would lead a major study on the connection between football and brain disease.

The letter from Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) takes aim an alleged “monthslong” campaign by the NFL to block the selection of Dr. Robert Stern and replace him with researchers affiliated with the NFL.

“Efforts by outside entities to . . . exercise influence over the selection of NIH research applicants are troubling, and we are committed to a full understanding of the sequence of events that led to this dispute,” the letter explains.

The issue arises from the NFL’s about-face regarding a $30 million “unrestricted gift” that disappeared after the National Institutes of Health rejected the league’s contention that Dr. Stern was biased and that his selection to run a $16 million study was undermined by a conflict of interest.

The study in question was aimed at diagnosing Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy in living patients — a development that could become very expensive for the NFL in connection with a now-unrestricted pool of money for a concussion settlement that pays benefits to deceased players with CTE but that gives nothing to living players with CTE, due in large part to the fact that there’s no way to currently detect CTE in living patients.

So if Dr. Stern were to develop a method for diagnosing CTE in living patients, the NFL could end up spending a lot more than $30 million over the next several decades in payments to former players.

A league spokesman told ESPN that Commissioner Roger Goodell will respond to the letter, which seeks an explanation for the NFL’s decision to chime in on the study and the ultimate decision to pull the funding. Given the potential financial stakes and broader consequences, this story is far more intriguing and potentially impactful than the back-and-forth from Thursday regarding a New York Times article that really didn’t break new ground.

84 responses to “Congress probes NFL intervention into selection of brain researcher

  1. Congress stop worrying about sports and worry about the real issues: ISIS, Illegal immigration, and tax reform. Once you solve those then work on fixing infastructure and our prision system. Then maybe just maybe you can look at sports.

  2. Uh-oh…Another reason why Goodell wanted Deflategate to stick or become a reality…….

    And with Spygate?

    Hmm…Let’s Jeff Pash on the stand and ask him why he suggested Goodell destroy the tapes BB sent in.

    Pats fans know why. It would have proven WHY Goodell’s Draconian punishment/ruling on that was so agenda driven and a lie.

    Does the greater public, and most importantly, the NFL customer who pays for the product, deserve this behavior from a multi billion dollar operation?

    This is called fraud and it’s illegal under American law. Go ask Bernie Madoff how he ended up in prison. Goodell can join him, as can some of these owners who are on record (privately) suggesting Goodell do these things for their benefit ($$$).

    Goodell and some owners have been defrauding the Pats since Goodell came into the league. This now a known fact.

    This is a fact and it could be proven if Brady sues and gets the NFL on a federal stand with full access to their computers and phones.

    A wealth of evidence supporting what I’ve said above will be found.

    Yep.

    Kraft needs to encourage Brady to sue to either expose this corruption by Goodell colluding with some owners to support their respective agendas, or Goodell can be fired and scapegoated with an apology and stolen picks returned, or Goodell can choose to resign with the picks and money returned.

    Your move, Roger. Your move.

    – NFL Customers

  3. The conservative trolls on this site will I am sure claim Congress has other things to do like repeal obama care for the 51st time. That is what they sent their Gerry rigged district congressman to do anyway.

  4. Since we saw Jer Jone and his opinion on CTE and football, I think we know how the rest of the NFL heads feel about Boston U and their work. They can’t control what is released to the media by them, so they are a danger.

    Plus, I’m sure the NFL brass just loves being told what to do.

  5. Goodell has already gotten away with lying to the American people and lying to the courts, it’ll be interesting to see if congress lets him slide.

  6. It’s all about the mighty dollar. Anyone who is breathing should realize you cannot beat your head continuously and think nothing will happen. Another reason they are losing me!

  7. Just like the Democrats to stick their nose into things that have nothing to do with governing.

    For the NFL to be guilty of causing these brain injuries, wouldn’t you have to prove that their was no impact from pop warner, high school and college football?

  8. The NFL is operated as a Coliseum event … marketed as sport …with 32 Roman senators sitting around with thumbs up or down authority. Anything that gets in the way is rolled ….through lies and more lies funded through the bottomless pool of funds we all contribute to. Nothing will change until the fan base is totally fed up and speaks with their cash. It’s not a pretty picture.

  9. I hope these billionaires are starting to seat a little bit. I also hope the corporate sponsors are taking notice of how the NFL is handling themselves. At some point, they need to stop their sponsorships if the NFL does not truly start acting with integrity instead of using it as a punchline.

  10. New, 2nd definition:-
    Concussed (con~cussed)
    2. adjective used to describe the feeling from being repeatedly lied to by the NFL ~ from the words “con” (defraud) and “cuss” (inappropriate swearing), as in bad testimony in front of a judge or to the media when claiming accumulative brain traumas from football are a fantasy.

  11. Kingmj4891 says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:12 AM

    Congress stop worrying about sports

    ______________________________

    Congress should get involved in any industry where there’s even a slight chance Americans are dying as a direct result of that industry’s safety or operating procedures.

  12. In this supposed extensive concussion research study the NFL undertook, they basically took the Don Draper approach and said “it’s toasted”.

  13. A federal agency charged with oversight of professional sports? Are you serious?

    I incapable of getting my head around the idea that any US citizen, sports fan or not, could be in favor of this. How far have we strayed from the concept of government held by the framers of our Constitution that we could for one second think that this would be a legitimate function of the government or worthy of the expenditure of taxpayer dollars?

    I for one oppose any Congressional interest in the inner working of the NFL or any sport beyond possible violations of interstate commerce laws. How anyone can feel otherwise is beyond me.

  14. Republicans are anti science so makes sense the dems would be the only ones to understand what kind of stunt the nfl is trying to pull off

  15. As long as there are no term limits in the senate and House of Representatives , nothing will be done. Any proposed investigation into anything the NFL does will quietly die. There is a river of ” contributions ” as wide as the Mississippi flowing from 32 billionaires and countless huge corporate sponsors. It can’t be proven , government will say it does not exist but as sure as the good Lord made green apples, it’s there.

  16. @steelbreeze676

    I agree. When it gets like this, it is usually what needs to happen.

    It is clear that the Feds have been all over the NFL with regards top HGH, for example, and for good reason.

    From 2011-2013, those 3 seasons, there was no HGH testing. It didn’t happen until 2014.

    In MLB, it started in 2013. So, even MLB got their overdue policy in place before the NFL. That’s pretty embarrassing for the NFL.

    I think it was a bone the owners threw the union in the 2011 CBA discussions, which is why that never was in place, but needed to be added 3 years later.

    It reminds me of the 1994 baseball strike where the VERY powerful basbeall union wanted roids, so Selig looked the other way and never got the Feds involved like should have.

    It took another 10 years and some fraudulent spiking of stats and salaries, defrauding the consumer/customer, before changes were made there and it’s because Congress was forced to get involved.

    If Goodell wants to keep doubling down, call his bluff.

    He thinks he can’t be touched.

    This is why Brady should sue. If Brady sues for defamation, a whole lot of special little Goodell secrets will be unveiled for all to see.

    Yep.

    Call his bluff. Brady must sue.

  17. I am sure that somehow the league’s explanation will involve protecting the shield from the heinous and biased Dr Stern, ’cause INTEGRITY!
    (harumph, harumph)

    That this is particular exercise in integrity is brought to you by the same gang that repeatedly turned it’s back on former players until brought to court, rigged the data in their concussion study, punished Dallas & Washington for supposed cap violations in a ruling crafted from whole cloth, is still looking for their copy of the Ray Rice video and PSI gauges from the 2015 AFCCG last seen in their possession, attempted to defraud the shared funds pool of over $100M, slapped KC with an unprecedented tampering punishment but winked at another team doing worse is immaterial.

  18. It’s outrageous for the NFL to attempt to influence the selection of a physician for a study at the National Institute of Health

    that’s an outright attempt to bias research by the premier US Govt agency in medical research… NIH funds nearly a third of all medical research in the US…

    it’s like the NFL trying to put the fix in on an election…. outrageous

    and very big tobacco like

  19. Its a game where huge and very strong men run into each other at full speed causing all sorts of bodily injury to one another…..why are we shocked. Do we really need research to determine its detrimental to a persons health? Its plain and simple. It seems like lots of people, players and fans, are willing to accept that. Lets put all the lawyers on an island and forget where the island is.

  20. Don’t expect Congress to do anything. The NFL is in bed with the government and it has been for decades. Why don’t they pay any taxes and why are they considered a non profit? The government loves this tool to control the masses. It keeps the minions occupied. Any minions out there agree?

  21. It would be absolutely great for Brady to win 2 more Super Bowls, retire and have the NFL file for bankruptcy the day after his retirement.

  22. The NFL may have finally jumped the shark here

    Seems to me when there’s a Commissioner with a track record of lying to District Court judges, Congress needs to look into pulling anti-trust exemption at the very least, especially considering that the NFL seeks hundreds of millions for stadiums and road upgrades from localities for the right to host 8 games a year

    Just remember Congress – Goodell is a vapid puppet

    It’s the Owners who are at the top of the food chain in this Racketeering scheme called the NFL

    How ironic that the self proclaimed protector of the “integrity of the shield” is the one who defecated all over it

  23. Congress doesn’t seem to have a problem with the oil and coal industries picking and choosing which scientists to fund for climate change studies. I guess the NFL needs to lobby a little more aggressively in order to receive those kind of perks.

  24. Great that Congress is getting involved in this. I’m sure some smart and honest people. Unlike serial liar Goodell and all of his corrupt clowns.

  25. Kingmj4891 says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:12 AM

    Congress stop worrying about sports and worry about the real issues: ISIS, Illegal immigration, and tax reform. Once you solve those then work on fixing infastructure and our prision system. Then maybe just maybe you can look at sports.
    ——–

    there’s enough people in Congress to work toward addressing all the things you mention and more…..but they need to stop bundling issues together that are not related, they need to think for themselves instead of what their lobbyists tell them to think, and they need to work with the people across the aisle to get things done as opposed to taking votes on measures solely for the purpose of using votes as a future campaign tool.

  26. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:45 AM

    A federal agency charged with oversight of professional sports? Are you serious?

    I incapable of getting my head around the idea that any US citizen, sports fan or not, could be in favor of this. How far have we strayed from the concept of government held by the framers of our Constitution that we could for one second think that this would be a legitimate function of the government or worthy of the expenditure of taxpayer dollars?

    I for one oppose any Congressional interest in the inner working of the NFL or any sport beyond possible violations of interstate commerce laws. How anyone can feel otherwise is beyond me.
    —————————

    The NFL likely wouldn’t exist without “Congressional interest in the inner working of the NFL…”.

  27. Congress can get involved and nothing will really come of it. The nfl is worth billions of dollars and will have zero issues paying off anyone who stands in the way of their cash cow. Sadly, we have the greatest government money can buy

  28. Give them an inch and they will take a mile.

    Ask smokers, who are about two legislative spasms away from having to wear a mask when smoking.

    Lawyers and maternally minded emoji-thinkers are all using safety as a shield to make useless rules that solve no real problem. Football players know the dangers, and should be informed of the realities of high impact sports. Past that, it should be game-on. Play not to harm anyone on purpose, but play tackle football like it was invented. It’s a tough game.

    NFL is done as we knew it. Shame.

  29. ithinktoomuchaboutstuff says: Mar 25, 2016 11:06 AM

    The NFL used the same science as the ideal gas law….so they are on solid ground……

    ………..

    To do so, they would have to know what the IGL is.

  30. Wonderful development! I have been stating for quite awhile that congress must get involved in dealing with the shenanigan’s, no, wrong word. B.S. corruption infesting one of the richest, most powerful organizations who whether we want to admit it or not are thoroughly in bed with big time gambling. If it takes blowing up the NFL as we know it then so be it if the end result is a new, trustworthy league who put’s player’s and fan’s first and returns the term sport to the game.

  31. famundacheese says:
    Mar 25, 2016 12:33 PM

    Shouldn’t they being looking for more wars to start
    ————————

    That’s the President’s job.

  32. Kingmj4891 says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:12 AM
    Congress stop worrying about sports and worry about the real issues: ISIS, Illegal immigration, and tax reform. Once you solve those then work on fixing infastructure and our prision system. Then maybe just maybe you can look at sports.

    ——————-

    Careful there, these days if you have an issue with ILLEGAL immigration, people will call you a racist.

  33. Ahhhh yes, because when I think about honesty, integrity and getting things right… I think government.

  34. mmack66 says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:15 AM
    Those bozos are about one step away from being indicted under the RICO Act.

    Is that when someone picks them up and throws them over the mountains?

  35. Monopoly protection needs to end. The NFL is thoroughly corrupt. Why is the U.S. government granting this entity special protected status that other businesses DON’T get. They are not worth of it.

    And I am a football fan.

  36. JSpicoli says:
    Mar 25, 2016 12:28 PM

    Football players know the dangers, and should be informed of the realities of high impact sports.

    ———-

    which leads to the question: do they really know all the risks?

    right now it would appear that their boss is hiding some of the risks from them, has been for a long time, and doesn’t want to know if there is more risk. kind of a “what you don’t know won’t you”, unless it will

  37. RICO is an interesting point. After Brady sues and wins for defamation and Goodell is forced to resign, maybe he can be arrested and tried for RICO violations as well?

    Hmm.

    Goodell may have barked up the wrong tree for the last time with his attempted framejob known as Deflategate.

  38. Lol everyone knows the risks, and knew the risks. The question really is about the NFL caring about players after careers end, and to what extent. It’s the same regarding how the Feds take care of our veterans, really: Do more. More, more, more. If money were properly allocated by the higher ups it would be very, very easy to treat humans humanely.

  39. I’d rather smoke weed than watch football.

    It some ways, weed should be legal and football as we know it, is more harmful to the human body than weed has ever been or will ever be.

  40. breadmeatcheese says:
    Mar 25, 2016 1:37 PM

    Lol everyone knows the risks, and knew the risks.
    ———–

    what?

    it was only last week, during Congressional questioning, that the NFL admitted there was any correlation between CTE and football.

  41. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Mar 25, 2016 2:32 PM

    breadmeatcheese says:
    Mar 25, 2016 1:37 PM

    Lol everyone knows the risks, and knew the risks.
    ———–

    what?

    it was only last week, during Congressional questioning, that the NFL admitted there was any correlation between CTE and football.
    —————-

    I’ve heard for 30+ years that playing in the NFL shortens players lives. It’s not a secret.

  42. The Prophet Cuban is getting more correct every day.

    What is that squawking I hear in the background?? Why it Goodell chopping off the neck of the golden goose.

  43. nyfootballgiants says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:21 AM

    Just like the Democrats to stick their nose into things that have nothing to do with governing.

    For the NFL to be guilty of causing these brain injuries, wouldn’t you have to prove that their was no impact from pop warner, high school and college football?

    Just like a Republican to dumb down an issue and respond to a fictional argument nobody is making.

    Nobody is claiming that football players get brain injuries only in the NFL.

    The claim addressed in the current article (try reading it) is that the NFL is using its influence with the grant it gave to the NIH to try to pick and choose which researchers are funded.

    And yes, public health is in fact something the government should be investigating. Because nobody in the private sector wants to do it – there’s no money to be made in basic scientific research.

  44. The NFL is a criminal enterprise with no oversight bent on maximizing profits without recourse. FIFA has nothing on Goodell and his lawyer henchmen so intent on operating on their terms only. It’s about time this cartel receives much needed scrutiny.

  45. nyfootballgiants says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:21 AM
    Just like the Democrats to stick their nose into things that have nothing to do with governing.

    For the NFL to be guilty of causing these brain injuries, wouldn’t you have to prove that their was no impact from pop warner, high school and college football?
    _____________________________________
    No, actually. You simply need to prove that playing in the NFL was a major contributor to the condition. Given that players in the NFL are bigger and faster, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Bigger and faster bodies colliding means more energetic (and therefore more catastrophic) collisions. Given their apparent efforts to conceal the extent of the problem and confuse the issue over an extended period of time, the NFL’s liability becomes even more pronounced.

    As for doing their job, it’s Congress’ duty to regulate various industries in large part because of the very type of behavior exhibited by the NFL in this case. If private companies could be trusted to always act responsibly, with the welfare of their workers and the public at the forefront, such regulation wouldn’t be needed. After the regulatory agencies found their funding severely cut and government officials interfering with the process, however, I’m sure it comes as a great surprise that the incidence of abuses rose. The most striking example was the financial industry, but there were many other less reported on abuses. So, if you’re unhappy with some sort of burdensome regulation that you have to deal with, don’t blame the regulators, blame the people that made regulation necessary.

  46. First of all common sense should tell a person repeated hits to the head can’t be healty. But leave it to congress to get involved in something they have no business being involved in. Make future and current NFL players sign a waiver to not sue the league for injuries that occur while playing football. Problems solved for all parties. Only the ones who want to play do and the league can afford to pay the claims to prior players.

  47. “Imagine a world where there were no more democrats? It would be paradise.”

    For the 1% of the people running things yes, the rest would just be slaves.

  48. And to everybody making comments about the Dems and GOP.

    Both parties are utterly and totally corrupt. Not one member of congress cares about anything in this country other than doing the bidding of their corporate masters and keeping the money train going.

    Yes, the Dems and GOP have someone different sets of corporate owners, but that doesn’t change the fact there is not a single one of either party that isn’t totally corrupt.

  49. To the people who do not understand why congress has an interest in the NFL trying to dictate to the NIH maybe you should firsts understand what the National Health Institute does and who finds it.

  50. nyfootballgiants says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:21 AM
    Just like the Democrats to stick their nose into things that have nothing to do with governing.

    For the NFL to be guilty of causing these brain injuries, wouldn’t you have to prove that their was no impact from pop warner, high school and college football?
    _______________________________________

    You don’t have to prove anything in the NFL. Just make unproven accusations and then claim victory…

  51. I’m roger and per the CBA I can do whatever I want to do
    That’s what 31 owners have told me to say.

    That’s my response

    Signed

    Roger Godell czarmissioner

  52. r 25, 2016 11:08 AM
    Someday the NFL’s neglectful treatment of concussions and research into CTE will come back to haunt them.

    127 5
    Report comment

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    Explain how? How is it the nfls job about concussions when these players are playing at the age of 8 up to nfl level? Even sandlot games have to be taking into accoutnt.

  53. I feel confident that the Congress, and Commissioner Roger Goodell will get along together like a horse & carriage. Ahh.. make that like a horse’s ass instead. Integrity incarnate Congress & Roger Goodell’s NFL What could go wrong???????????????

  54. For the NFL to commit then reneg on a $30 million dollar grant to a federal agency after they couldn’t get their pick of lead researcher is something that should get the attention of everyone, not just Congressmen.

    This isn’t a sports issue, it’s potentially a criminal issue. They tried bribing a federal agency to rig the results of the study to prevent any loss of profits.

    This is EXACTLY what Big Tobacco tried to do.

  55. Goodell found out that the NIH is not Exponent.
    Trying to buy a study and report again?
    He got away with it with Deflategate. He is pushing his luck. I hope this time his luck runs out.

  56. painsyndicate says:
    Mar 25, 2016 12:43 PM

    Imagine a world where there were no more democrats? It would be paradise.
    —————————————————
    Ya, sure. As opposed to a world full of Trump’s and Cruz’s. I’m not sure there’s a single word adequate to described the horror that would ensue. Oh wait………extinction seems appropriate.

  57. Jziggyblog If there is big money involved like there is in the NFL and Congress loves money, and knows that the NFL has 32 football fields full of it and then consider if they decided to take away the NFL’s monopoly on Television air rights, which they could do by removing their non-exempt status, the NFL would have competition up the goal posts, which means they wouldn’t make so much money as they used to especially since they have now set themselves up for many, many future law suits.

    So you can see why Congress is interested in what is going on in the NFL knowing now they are doing what they do best. Blurring the lines of reality so they can keep making lots of money, but maybe they don’t deserve to make so much money after it is realized by people other than the New England Patriots, that they play dirty with the lives of other people. Time to pay the piper.

  58. whispersd says:
    Mar 25, 2016 3:20 PM

    Just like a Republican to dumb down an issue and respond to a fictional argument nobody is making.

    Nobody is claiming that football players get brain injuries only in the NFL.

    The claim addressed in the current article (try reading it) is that the NFL is using its influence with the grant it gave to the NIH to try to pick and choose which researchers are funded.

    And yes, public health is in fact something the government should be investigating. Because nobody in the private sector wants to do it – there’s no money to be made in basic scientific research.
    ++++
    Actually, US Corporations spent $145B in 2015 on scientific research, while Federal Government spent $137B (source National Science Foundation).

  59. I believe that the NFL may have paid people to squash all the fanfare of that concussion movie that came out a few months ago. Before the movie came out, it was talked about that the movie could force drastic changes in the game. Well, the movie came and went, and hardly got mentioned. Will Smith didn’t even get a nomination. The NFL has so much money, that they can manipulate public perception on just about anything.

  60. The articles out there about how the treated the experts on brain injuries during the Taglibue era are pretty chilling. And that was when Goodell was right there as the heir apparent. They funded a medical journal to publish articles claiming football didn’t cause concussions. They also invited the experts in to supposedly discuss things with the league officials but it turned into an ambush where their quack doctors basically yelled a the experts and accused them of being wrong.

    And this was all with none of the NFL doctors actually being experts on brain injuries. They were so out of the loop they couldn’t even hold intelligent discussions with the real experts.

  61. I think it’s just congress persons looking for kick backs for their next re-election campaign! If they are so worried about CTE, then maybe the federal government should look into funding the development of a test for CTE on living patients!

    Concussions happen in more than just football, people. This is an issue that spans more than just football and is a contributor to mental health issues. I personally would love to be tested for CTE now if it were possible. I grew up the youngest of 3 brothers and had more concussions than I can count before the age of 18. I currently have anxiety and depression issues and I am pretty sure that there is some CTE plaque on some parts of my brain.

  62. There are 3 federal appeals court judges in New York right now that have to be wondering what the hell is the NFL is doing? !!!

    And I think it would be safe to say that they may be looking at and, rereading the briefs, and transcripts, etc., that were submitted.

    There is No Way that they haven’t heard about or seen this whole fiasco of a league unfold.

  63. What Goodell has accomplished is actually quite amazing

    A few years back Goodell helped create a new CBA that gave more money to the owners than ever before and gave the NFL more power over players than ever before – and the fans backed the Owners in averting a strike and creating a Bargaining agreement

    Fast forward to now… Goodell has abused his power so blatantly and with so much corruption that the owners are having to give back that authority they won, with the entire public knowing that Emperor Goodell wears no clothes with botched up scandal after scandal for the NFL from Ray Rice to Greg Hardy to Peterson to Brady – with former Commissioner Tagliabue publicly chastizing Goodell for creating scandals where there were none with the Saints

    If there were CBA negotiations today the fans would back the players 100%

    And now Congress is about to give Goodell and the NFL a fair amount of scrutiny, even as their attorney, a prospective Supreme Court Justice, is caught lying on their behalf once again

    That is an EPIC FAIL of a Commissioner job there buddy – the NFL is going to lose all the ground they picked up in the last CBA and more

    Amazingly incompetent – one wonders what blackmail over the owners allows Goodell to keep his job

  64. To be fair, it probably takes a sizeable bribe for someone to say that Roger does have a brain.

  65. j0esixpack says:
    Mar 25, 2016 7:41 PM

    And now Congress is about to give Goodell and the NFL a fair amount of scrutiny, even as their attorney, a prospective Supreme Court Justice, is caught lying on their behalf once again
    ———————-

    So that’s Goodell’s Framegate end game.

    With a stooge on the Supreme Court, he’ll be invincible.

  66. IMO one of the most despicable things about this affair is that the NFL’s “experts ” published their results in professional journals. Legitimate researchers and physicians relied upon these studies and possibly extrapolated these spurious findings to youth football and other sports.

  67. I have complete faith in Roger Goodell

    He’s handling the concussion issue with the same smart and steady leadership he did with Domestic Violence and numerous other difficult issues

    If there’s one thing we KNOW it’s that Goodell is completely trustworthy

    (oh, btw – I’m being sarcastic ;)-

    Truly I can’t stand how Goodell and the Owners who pull his strings have ruined this sport

    Despite the money they’re making the couldn’t be doing a WORSE job on all these issues if they tried

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