Goodell reiterates refusal to delegate “integrity of the game”

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When it comes to #Deflategate and other disciplinary matters falling within the exclusive province of the Commissioner, some in the media routinely criticize the NFL Players Association for not securing third-party arbitration during the last round of labor negotiations.

Apart from the concession(s) that the union would have had to make to secure enhanced protections for, as a practical matter, a small handful of players every year is the question of whether any concession(s) could have been made to convince the Commissioner to delegate his authority for integrity-of-the-game violations to someone not working in the league office. Apparently, the answer was and still is, “No.”

We’re not going to hand the integrity of the game off” to someone else, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday at Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s golf tournament, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.

Goodell also said that there are currently no settlement talks regarding the pending four-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. That’s no surprise; the NFL wasn’t willing to engage in meaningful talks before Judge Richard Berman ruled in Brady’s favor last September. Now that the NFL is operating from a position of significant strength, there’s no reason to suddenly waver.

The end result is that, despite the (misguided) concerns of some that the NFLPA fights the league in court too frequently, the only way to secure relief and protection for Brady is to continue to challenge the league through the external avenues aimed at forcing Goodell to utilize his power in a fair and proper way. If the NFLPA eventually wins, it could be easier to persuade Goodell to relent on his position regarding the use of outside arbitration. If the NFL prevails in its effort to secure full and complete endorsement of the notion that Goodell’s powers are extensive and nearly absolute, the cost of persuading him to give them up will become prohibitive.

82 responses to “Goodell reiterates refusal to delegate “integrity of the game”

  1. When will the “integrity of the game” be applied to Goodell? Cause what he has done as a commissioner has undermined that phrase at every turn except financially… which apparantly is the only criteria for the nfl owners. The fans are beyond fed up w/ Goodell and feel the integrity of the game is LONG gone.

  2. “We’re not going to hand the integrity of the game off” to someone else
    ——–
    Why, the nfl might actually get something that resembles integrity then, cause what you have now most certainly isn’t it.

  3. How does going to court to fight something the NFL players agreed with and signed (the CBA) help them? This doesn’t protect Brady or secure relief, it just drags it out longer.

    It’s not even about deflated balls anymore, it is about employee conduct and whether the boss can punish the employee. If a boss wants to suspend his employee if he thought the employee made the company look bad, he can do that if the employee signed an agreement not to do that.

  4. How can this pompous self righteous serial liar continue to use that word over and over and over when it is crystal clear to all that he has no integrity, never has had integrity and wouldn’t recognize it if it slapped him in the face!

  5. Goodell had lots of integrity when he was happy to bury the Ray Rice story along with the owner of the Ravens when exact details were known of what happened. However, changed his tune when the video went public. Do the right thing for me, unless people are watching then just do the right thing. Lots of integrity there.

  6. I have to bnelieve one of the reasons the NFLPA gave that up so easily was that it had never been abused like it has in recent years.

  7. Translation “We are perfectly capable of destroying the integrity of the game ourselves. We don’t see a need for outside assistance.”

  8. If kraft belicheck Brady and the rest of the cheating Patriots weren’t in the league no one would have to worry about the integrity of the game being damaged

  9. Brady refuses to bow down and kiss the ring.
    Good for Brady.

    The man still denies ever seeing the Ray Rice knockout tape and then talks about the integrity of the game. Goodell needs to be tested for CTE.

  10. If anything it’s an equipment violation, Roger don’t understand his own rules. When will he be replaced? He screwed up on the so called spy gate and now he is trying to make it up to the other owners and has made the SHIELD look like the keystone cops.

  11. Hopefully, when the current CBA comes up for renewal the NFLPA remembers that there is more to negotiate than just money. One thing they could negotiate is a Commissioner who is chosen by the players and the owners – a selection that must be approved by both houses, as it were.

  12. INTEGRITY!!! harumph…harumph…harumph
    Meanwhile back at the ranch, the gang that can’t shoot straight is attempting to figure out another way to steal back that $110M from the shared funds pool, further influence CTE studies and fleece more taxpayers. (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain)

  13. Roger Goodell has no integrity and the NFL owners are to blame for creating this monster! Our founding father’s would be shocked to see this going on. Laws were put in place to make sure there is justice when needed, fair justice! The whole point of an arbitrator is to FAIRLY listen to both sides that cannot come to an agreement. HOW CAN YOU HAVE ARBITRATION when there is BIAS? How can Roger Goodell call himself an arbiter when he is one of the two sides? Have you ever played a two player game by yourself? I have and I can tell you, I pick a side and try to make that side win. That’s what Roger Goodell did and Justices Chin and Parker failed to see! We, the people, should be outraged that the owners have allowed Goodell to be judge, jury and executioner and did not vacate the suspension when it was proven (by unbiased leading scientists) that there was no tampering! After Judge Berman’s ruling (which was spot on), the owners should have stopped Goodell or fired him! That $20 million they wasted going after the greatest QB in the history of the NFL (who is also the best role model in the sport) could have been spent on CTE, or domestic violence! I for one, will not be buying anything with NFL on it and I will only be watching the Patriots WITH BRADY! I hope Brady gets his en banc hearing and is acquitted of these ridiculous charges!!! If the NFL prevails, it will prove to me that there can be no justice and it is as corrupt as Goodell and the NFL.

  14. To me, it no longer matters. Goodell and the owners pushing him have ruined the game for me.

    It’s hard to find reasonable people on this site or in general, and common sense has become a contradiction in terms.

    Deflategate has proven to me that the NFL is corrupt.

    Sad.

  15. Goodell is basically a puppet of Jerry Jones. Nothing more, nothing less. And that explains why the words coming out of Goodell’s mouth are often so ridiculous.

  16. It stuns me that he doesn`t realize that HIS way has done more to hurt the “integrity” of the game than anything a 3rd party could`ve done.
    Having one person decide if a crime was committed,what the punishment is AND decide the appeal is all about POWER not integrity or what`s best for the game.
    #FIREGOODELL

  17. Maybe someone can point out an instance where Goodell did something that had integrity, but I honestly can’t think of a single thing.

    Beginning with Spygate ( where he destroyed evidence so the world would never know the full facts, as a favor to the Pats ) to Bountygate ( where he claimed he had 10,000 documents proving it, but actually had not one, and found himself reversed by Tagliabue ) to Ray Rice to Deflategate ( where he over punished with a lack of evidence and a comical “independent” report to make up for Spygate ) every time he opens his mouth he has lied, fabricated and deceived.

    Goodell is giving integrity a bad reputation.

  18. When you see Goodell continually using heavy-handed tactics, and want t hate the guy, it helps to remember that he is only speaking for the owners. In fact, substituting “the owners” for his name in any sentence drives the point home.

    Either way, with all the issues before the commissioner these days, I can’t help thinking what a great job Tags did. He also managed to stay out of the muck and not be hated absolutely by the fans. Remarkable. Too bad Ole Roger wasn’t paying attention.

  19. Roger Goodel is more prone to delusional statements than anybody else alive, except perhaps Donald Trump.

  20. patsfan says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:02 PM
    I have to bnelieve one of the reasons the NFLPA gave that up so easily was that it had never been abused like it has in recent years.
    ——————————————————————-

    Bingo. That power has always been there. The difference is Tags and Rozelle unlike this clown, knew this was about the game, not them. They never abused it to show how “powerful” they were.

    Goodell thinks he is part of the show. He is nearly singlehandedly ruining an unsinkable product on multiple fronts.

  21. Funny how any time his decisions go to a third party they get shredded. Who has done more to harm the league and the sport than this guy? The press he gets everywhere but BSPN is truly brutal.

  22. The media’s character assassination of Roger Goodell continues. Goodell is responsible to the OWNERS, NOT the employees aka players.
    The employees are represented by De Smith and his union goons. If the NFLPA negotiates poorly, blame De Smith.
    If I were Goodell I would call out the media for their blatant bias against anyone who is pro-capitalism and in a position of authority.
    According to the media, players are allowed to be as greedy as they want to be BUT owners and executives are NOT allowed to be b/c that is just politically incorrect.

  23. Tags was in charge during the heyday of the concussion cover-up. Funny people don’t remember that.

  24. Give me one valid reason why the commissioner of a sports league shouldn’t be able to govern it? Isn’t the number one job of the commissioner to ensure integrity of the sport by discipling those who threaten it?
    You Tell em’ Sheriff!

  25. RegisHawk says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:35 PM
    Tags was in charge during the heyday of the concussion cover-up. Funny people don’t remember that.

    ——————————————————————

    As opposed to sad or angry people?

    Remember, commas can save lives too.

  26. Goodell works for the owners, if they didn’t like what he was doing they would cut him loose.

    And yet, not one owner…including Bobby Kraft… has mounted a movement to remove Goodell. Not one. Think about it.

  27. What Goodell does or doesn’t do has little to do with Goodell. He works for the 32 NFL owners. What he does is what the majority of them want him to do.

  28. Quick everyone rush to say something bad about Roger Goodell now
    It’ll be just like every other post about him. I think it’s pretty clear how people feel at this point

  29. I think people are going at this the wrong way. Let Goodell keep appeal authority. Work on getting a different initial judge.

    You want a 3rd party, get that party for the discipline hearing itself, if you don’t like the result, then if you don’t like the result appeal to Roger. That way, he keeps last word, but involved beforehand.

    BTW – for those people that keep talking about wanting a neutral 3rd party that isn’t biased, keep dreaming. There is no such thing. Just watch how each of these cases turns out, no matter which side wins the other side and their followers talk about how they weren’t treated fairly.

    The truth is, the players want someone who they think will give them a better chance to escape punishment. That is why they don’t want Goodell as the arbiter.

    In most cases, if the players just stayed out of trouble, they wouldn’t have this issue. We see alot about this but in reality compared to the number of players there are relatively few actual cases.

    The Brady case is different in that, his “infraction” was possibly knowing about what a trainer was doing to the equipment for the field. Which at the very least makes this an onfield issue not off. This was handled as an off the field issue.

    Will it never end?

  30. Goodell, the Wizard of Odd. You can’t uphold integrity, much less speak about it, when you have a corrupt and biased process in place.

  31. Don’t break the rules and you won’t have to worry about Roger Goddell. Inmates always complain about prison guards, well don’t go to prison.

  32. usmutts says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:17 PM
    Maybe someone can point out an instance where Goodell did something that had integrity, but I honestly can’t think of a single thing.

    Beginning with Spygate ( where he destroyed evidence so the world would never know the full facts, as a favor to the Pats ) to Bountygate ( where he claimed he had 10,000 documents proving it, but actually had not one, and found himself reversed by Tagliabue ) to Ray Rice to Deflategate ( where he over punished with a lack of evidence and a comical “independent” report to make up for Spygate ) every time he opens his mouth he has lied, fabricated and deceived.

    Goodell is giving integrity a bad reputation.
    —–_——

    “As a favor to the Pats”

    This is the mindset i will never understand. So we all agree Roger isn’t good for the game, lies, doesn’t care about integrity, fairness, etc…. But taking draft picks, fining the team and coach the largest fine in the history of the NFL at the time is “a favor” to the Pats?

    As a pats fan, I wish EVERYONE saw every second of those tapes (some were seen on a loop by the way). You have a stronger case that Goodell blew up ‘spygate’ into a bigger deal that it really was to use and show his power as a new commissioner. Part that with pats coming off 3 SB wins recently and a mostly ‘unlikable’ coach from afar and you have an easy story to sell.

    Goodell is bad for the game and you haters need to stop talking out of both sides of your mouth. You can’t call him a liar but then call him truthful in a different situation. It’s like the Well’s report, they believe Walt Coleman during the WHOLE investigation EXCEPT when Walt said he used one pump/needle instead of the other. You know, the one that proves Pats are innocent, sort of an important fact.

  33. Anyone know how long it will take the 2nd circuit to decide if they will hear the appeal ? Or is there no time frame. Thanks

  34. “…some in the media routinely criticize the NFL Players Association for not securing third-party arbitration during the last round of labor negotiations.”

    The issue isn’t the failure to obtain third-party arbitration, it’s the union complaining that the league won’t agree to it. The NFLPA represents players who, at a minimum, make well into the six figures; and many who are multi-millionaires. The union had available to them some of the best labor attorneys in the country while negotiating the current the CBA. To now protest that the terms should be different than what they agreed to, is sheer petulance.

    Which isn’t to say that the NFLPA should challenge the league when they feel Goodell fails to adhere to the provisions of the CBA. But the union should stop complaining about the very arbitration system they approved.

  35. jjackwagon says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:53 PM

    And yet, not one owner…including Bobby Kraft… has mounted a movement to remove Goodell.
    ________________

    Like we would know if one of them did. LMAO!

  36. Now that the outrage level from Pasts fans has died down for a moment… The NFLPA will never get players or the union a say in who the commissioner is. He’s an employee of the owners, and nothing the union can do can change that. However, the union could and should put arbitration front and center during the next set of negotiations.

  37. The nflpa chose money over a more fairly processed appeals method

    They are now stomping feet like imbecile children and they’re not going to get their way. period

    Amicus schamicus

    En Banc…..ha

    Take the punishment brady and patriots

    These hearings have no bearing on real business arbitration

    NFL is non profit entertainment league

    If you step of line you get disciplined

    You signed your rights away on this. Move on

  38. Saints fans told you years ago that Roger Goodell was corrupt and vindictive…..the bountygate fiasco was to satisfy litigation purposes only and the Saints being a small market team took the bullet and paid dearly as no team has ever done before or since. And before the Minnesota fans start hollering, Favre finished the game and had the Vikings in field goal range to win it with time running out, but threw a bonehead interception that sealed their fate. And for those who don’t remember, Favre played the next year also! Hell, the NFL changed the rule to make sure no one ever got to the SB again as teams had in the history of the league and the Saints did in OT. I also remember Sproles setting the league record for all purpose yards (most coming on kickoff returns) and wham the next season they changed the kickoff rule and Sproles lost half his effectiveness. Spare me Patriot fans with deflategate, we experienced much worse for doing what every team in the league did. (And I have no doubt every QB in the league had balls set to their liking)

  39. Goodell is absolutely correct in taking ownership for the integrity of the league. He is the primary reason why public trust in the league and the perception of integrity in the league are all in the toilet. He could do more good for the integrity of the league if he stopped uttering the word “integrity.” Every time those syllables cross ‘ol “Perjury” Goodell’s lips a piece of literacy and English comprehension dies in this country.

  40. jjackwagon says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:53 PM
    Goodell works for the owners, if they didn’t like what he was doing they would cut him loose.

    And yet, not one owner…including Bobby Kraft… has mounted a movement to remove Goodell. Not one. Think about it.
    ————–
    And you know this as fact because how again? If an owner or group of owners tried to make a power play you think they would alert the media (or you personally) first? Interesting.

  41. The commissioner is suppose to be the guy that works for the players and the owners independently. He was never suppose to be all for one and none for the other.

    That is what makes Roger such a bad commish.

  42. The Commissioner tries and tries
    To conceal and rationalize
    Talking out of his hat
    Twisting this way and that
    He’s all tangled up in his lies

  43. todd6162 says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:16 PM

    The NFLPA gave him that authority what else is there to say
    —————————————————-
    We could always say the truth. Having power from the CBA is one thing but abusing it is another. Having the authority to decide arbitration comes from the CBA but binding arbitration also comes with responsibilities to fairness. Goodell broke the CBA by having Troy Vincent make the original punishment.Then he broke it again by suspending Brady when the CBA calls for a fine on equipment violations just like when the Jets did the same thing and only got fined. That is why Goodell has lost about every court case and will lose deflategate in the end.Even the arbitrator has to follow rules.

  44. #firegoodell

    Mark Cuban was right and this nitwit is killing the NFL, lucky for Goodell the NFL is to big to die fast, but you can be sure in 10 to 15 years the NFL will not be the #1 sport in America.

  45. By far the biggest threats to the integrity of the game are the actions of Roger Goodell and his minions. They will deny, lie, entrap, perjure themselves, DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep their power and to railroad any who dares oppose them. Disgusting.

  46. The current commissioner has been very weak on disciplining players and other employees.

    There is no place for criminals in the NFL.

    I would like to see much longer suspensions and more outright banishments so that actions would match the rhetoric.

    Defending the integrity of the NFL is paramount.

  47. There was a time early in my career in management that I hated unions. I felt they were impossible to deal with and abused their position of representation. I still think that in a well organized company, management and labor should be able to work things out. The only time I have felt that a union was essential was in this case. Goodell has abused the authority of the position of commissioner. And for now, anyway, the court system seems to agree that he is allowed to do that. And it is Goodell and not his puppet owners. The man sickens me. And I am ashamed to admit the extent to which his declarations of integrity affect me. I can really see how wars can be started because of one man. Tyranny exists and he is Goodell.

  48. … the NFL Players Association for not securing third-party arbitration during the last round of labor negotiations.
    ____________________

    maurice smith owns this. He sold out the players for short-term chump change at the expense of long-term strategic planning. He wanted to get re-elected so he opted for cash up front for the players, knowing that’s what they would be looking at. smith is an idiot, the personification of the Peter Principle.

  49. RegisHawk says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:35 PM
    Tags was in charge during the heyday of the concussion cover-up. Funny people don’t remember that.
    ———————
    People don’t remember it probably because CTE wasn’t even known before the first medical research was published in 2005, with a 2nd supporting paper in 2006. Given your ignorance, I should probably explain that “Tags” last season in charge was 2006. There was growing anecdotal evidence of concussion damage before 2006 but it was hardly “the heyday” of any cover-up.

  50. usmutts says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:17 PM
    Maybe someone can point out an instance where Goodell did something that had integrity, but I honestly can’t think of a single thing.

    Beginning with Spygate ( where he destroyed evidence so the world would never know the full facts, as a favor to the Pats )

    Favor? FAVOR? Yeah, that felt like a favor between the fines & draft picks.

    Please don’t offer to do us any more favors.

    What “full facts” would we see? Let’s recall, the tapes were of another team so if ANYONE was done a favor it would have been the team they were taping.

    Or perhaps some folks just enjoy making ludicrous assertions.

  51. grogan537 says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:14 PM
    New England leading another “revolution” against tyranny..
    ——————-
    When was the first “tyranny”? Most Americans don’t realize that the King didn’t send the troops – British Parliament did (which since 1688 has undisputedly run Britain, and the king became a figurehead). And in 1783 Parliament voted AGAINST the governing benches’ motion to keep fighting. Thus ending the war. And by 1775 most taxes had been repealed and tax burden on Americans was only a 6th of that in England. The Colonies didn’t throw off of a “tyrant king” in a revolution, they fought a war of secession against a democratic mother country.

  52. Judge Smails says:
    Jun 6, 2016 1:15 PM

    NFL is non profit entertainment league
    _______________

    Dude, stop I’m begging you. We’re laughin’ so hard we might wet ourselves. Even the league abandoned that sham.
    For those saying Goodell only does what the owners want, that’s a half truth. He does what most of them agree to AFTER they read what his staff puts together which are probably single page double spaced position papers on each issue telling them what they ‘need’ to know. Probably no more than a 3rd of them even read those so long as the cash cow keeps mooing. Roger is like a CEO with enough fat dumb and happy directors on the board that it is effectively a rubber stamp. How many of those owners do you think really care about the Ray Rice video? Peterson? Brady? All they care about is maintaining the whip hand and cashing checks.

    It is only sports to us, today’s owners would bail in a minute if the profits dried up. The days of owners like Jack Kent Cooke, Lamar Hunt and Ralph Wilson who loved the game and thought a good year was one where the team won and they didn’t lose any money are long gone

  53. bowlregard says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:12 PM

    Hopefully, when the current CBA comes up for renewal the NFLPA remembers that there is more to negotiate than just money. One thing they could negotiate is a Commissioner who is chosen by the players and the owners – a selection that must be approved by both houses, as it were.
    __________________

    Sure, I remember when I was asked who should be the CEO of my employer. What you suggest isn’t the way the real world works.

  54. otheirony says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:14 PM
    To me, it no longer matters. Goodell and the owners pushing him have ruined the game for me.

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

    When someone is reading a website with news stories and commentary about the NFL during the NFL off-season, and is making comments on the site, it’s obvious that person is a huge fan of the game and that the game hasn’t been “ruined” for him.

    If the game had been “ruined” for that guy, he wouldn’t be commenting in the off-season on a site about the NFL.

  55. a) The heyday of the concussion cover-up was the 90s.

    b) Pats fans need to cut the crap with the persecution complex.

    c) Mark Cuban was being petulant because his sport is a distant #2 at best.

    d) “Remember, commas can save lives too”…too what? I MUST KNOW!!!

  56. So it’s okay for Goodell to frame and railroad Brady, make up evidence, make up a phony phone destroying story when he knew he had nothing, hire a phony junk science firm, Exponent, to come up to a pre-determined conclusion that Brady was guilty, have his lawyers lie in court, conduct a sting operation of the Patriots?? Brady and the Patriots should sue Goodell for liable. Goodell has conducted criminal actions here and as such, he belongs in prison.

  57. senatorblutarsky says:
    Jun 6, 2016 2:08 PM
    bowlregard says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:12 PM

    Hopefully, when the current CBA comes up for renewal the NFLPA remembers that there is more to negotiate than just money. One thing they could negotiate is a Commissioner who is chosen by the players and the owners – a selection that must be approved by both houses, as it were.
    __________________

    Sure, I remember when I was asked who should be the CEO of my employer. What you suggest isn’t the way the real world works.
    ================================
    Of course that’s not how your world works nor how my world works. But neither you nor I play in the NFL nor are we represented by the NFL PA. And you can bet that the new CBA that’s negotiated WILL limit the commissioner’s power one way or another. The NFL owner’s saw what using substitute referees did to the game. They caved pretty quickly. And with the players being much more astute regarding owners revenue streams, their bargaining position is much stronger than it was previously. So yeah, the players will end up with more of a say about who is commissioner and how he’s allowed to operate.

  58. araidersfan says:
    Jun 6, 2016 12:16 PM
    “Goodell is basically a puppet of Jerry Jones. Nothing more, nothing less. And that explains why the words coming out of Goodell’s mouth are often so ridiculous.”

    When Jerry Jones was chairman of the Council Executive Committee (the group who really runs the NFL) you didn’t see these crazy penalties coming from the NFL.

    However, when John Mara became the new chairman, guess what started happening?

    I would be interested in seeing a story about everyone on this committee and how things have changed since they “took over”. And yes, it can really be that simple. Pull the curtain back and let’s see who is pulling the chains.

  59. There is only one reason that Goodell would be opposed to a neutral third-party arbitrator.

    That’s what you get when the NFL commissioner is making it up as he goes along.

  60. Staticphear says:
    Jun 6, 2016 11:56 AM

    How does going to court to fight something the NFL players agreed with and signed (the CBA) help them? This doesn’t protect Brady or secure relief, it just drags it out longer.

    It’s not even about deflated balls anymore, it is about employee conduct and whether the boss can punish the employee. If a boss wants to suspend his employee if he thought the employee made the company look bad, he can do that if the employee signed an agreement not to do that.
    ———————————————————-
    “It’s not even about deflated balls anymore, it is about employee conduct and whether the boss can punish the employee. If a boss wants to suspend his employee if he thought the employee made the company look bad, he can do that if the employee signed an agreement not to do that.”
    Your words, not mine. Goodell said as much when he stated the case wasn’t about the balls which if it was there’d be no case because, you know, nothing unusual actually occurred. Look, if a boss can make up fabricated stories and blatantly use false science, then totally and completely lie when claiming Brady and Jastremski never spoke about the phony deflation charges, then that is called an unfair process. See, what the NFLPA signed off on was the notion that the Commissioner would indeed act fairly when dealing with player discipline. Before Goodell there was never the disgusting abuse of power shown by Goodell. How anyone can still not see the truth about how this all went down is beyond me. A few powerful owners wanted a make up call thinking that the biggest punishment ever handed out for spygate somehow wasn’t enough. Goodell knowing who butters his bread said yessah and commenced the set up. A made up make up call. What the dopey owners and Goodell never figured on was someone actually doing some poking around and asking questions. Then calling BS on the whole stinkin thing. Throw in a prideful man who has worked a lifetime to be one of, if not the greatest players ever who won’t back down and we end up here. This is on the devious owners and the lilly livered commissioner too weak to say no when asked to commit a crime. Make no mistake about this, a crime was committed and when, not if Brady sues for defamation the whole rotten can of worms will be ripped open for all the world to see. Hope it was worth it to those loser owners and the pathetic hit man they employ.

  61. Clearly Goodell is following PR 101, if you keep saying it enough times people will get bored and move on with that as the narrative.

    Integrity is a joke, concussion treatment a joke. Finally watched the movie Concussion, makes me sad for all the players who got and are used by Goodell.

    CONGRESS must act! Only congressional threats will stop the Darkness.

  62. I enthusiastically approve of everything the Patriots do as an organization, especially the actions of the most winning HC and QB in history.

  63. mmack66 says:
    Jun 6, 2016 4:04 PM

    There is only one reason that Goodell would be opposed to a neutral third-party arbitrator.

    That’s what you get when the NFL commissioner is making it up as he goes along.

    ——————

    You are right. There is only one reason he would be opposed to a neutral third-party arbitrator. Because he doesn’t intend to be fair, he intends to be a dictator and rule based on his personal opinion. There is no other reason to object. Because he is unwilling to adjust to a fair process, the court system is not having to deal with really time wasting NFL/NFLPA cases that have no place there.

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