Goodell: Ejection after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties “a positive thing”


At his annual Super Bowl week press conference in 2016, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proposed a rule that would call for the ejection of players who received two personal fouls in a game.

The league ultimately adopted a narrower rule on a one-year basis that disqualified players who received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties while excepting other kinds of personal fouls. Goodell was asked at this year’s press conference whether he thought the rule would be adopted on an ongoing basis and if there was a response to player concerns about a lack of clarity regarding what constituted unsportsmanlike conduct.

“We always seek to clarify rules. The reason we put it in as a one-year experiment is so that we can see what the impact is of the rule change. Both the intended impact and the unintended consequences of that. That’s something we have done very successfully, very effectively. I think the unsportsmanlike context of the two fouls seems to be a very positive thing.”

Goodell added that any modifications to the rule and its fate as a continued part of the game is up to the Competition Committee.

12 responses to “Goodell: Ejection after two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties “a positive thing”

  1. You know how you can tell Roger is lying?


    I’ll bet he even lies about his name at the local coffee shops.

  2. Roger is right again. The only thing I would add is to check it out on replay first, just to make sure it was the right call. Otherwise, we’ll have guys flopping all over the place. By the way, flopping should be 15 yards too.

  3. Eject players for helmet-to-helmet hits.

    Suspend players who committ multiple fouls in a season.

    Kick players out of the League who have no regard for the safety of their fellow players.

    .. otherwise, don’t bother preaching “player safety”

  4. I can’t believe I am saying this, but for the first time ever, I agree that it is a good thing…even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    @antkowiak666, even in the NHL, certain penalties get you ejected (“match penalty” for deliberately trying to injure, for example).

  5. The NFL would need to go thru the rule book and refine what exactly is going to constitute a personal foul. Wasn’t the penalty on Brice a personal foul. Hardly makes sense to make that subject to ejection. Which is why Roger will keep it.

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