Roger Goodell says he talked to Saints players, but players say he didn’t

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Zach Strief played for the Saints from 2006 to 2017 and then became the Saints’ radio announcer in 2018. He knows the players on the Saints well. And Strief says he knows something NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday wasn’t true.

Goodell said that he talked to the players on the Saints about the missed call that went against them in the NFC Championship Game, but Strief says that isn’t so.

“We understand the frustration of the fans,” Goodell said. “I’ve talked to Coach Payton, the team, the players. We understand the frustration that they feel right now and we certainly want to address that.”

On WWL Radio, Strief said he has reached out to Saints players and they’ve told him Goodell hasn’t spoken to them since the NFC Championship Game. Strief said the two players Goodell would have been most likely to reach out to, Drew Brees and Ben Watson, both confirmed to him that Goodell didn’t talk to them. Strief said he does not believe any other player talked to Goodell either.

“The man literally stands up on a podium and just lies. It’s mind blowing. He is the commissioner of the biggest sports league in the country, and it is totally cool with all the people who employ him, the 32 owners, that he just lies to everybody,” Strief said.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas also said on Twitter that Goodell didn’t talk to the Saints. Goodell’s statement that he talked to Saints players came as news to Saints players.

64 responses to “Roger Goodell says he talked to Saints players, but players say he didn’t

  1. Shocker! Goodell’s MO is to say whatever he believes people want to hear regardless of its veracity. Such a phony.

  2. Lol So now Goodell is a liar for not talking to the Saints. It doesn’t matter because Roger Goodell answers only to the NFL owners and what they want the public to believe.

  3. Nah you don’t say?

    So Rodger has been hiding.

    Oh only one question was allowed by new Orleans press and no follow up questions.

    So not only was he hiding for a week and a half he hid at the press conference also.

    What a freaking coward.

  4. This man lies as needed to fit his agenda.

    Don’t forget that New England fans AND New Orleans fans said it could happen to your team too.

  5. This Commissioner has lied repeatedly since he first took office. Can anyone really be surprised at this point? Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us a dozen times…

  6. Yet the people who hate the Patriots believe everything about Deflategate. Oh, Roger totally told the truth in that case… Low hanging fruit at it’s finest.

  7. You ever call up an ex, or your mother-in-law, precisely at the time when you know you’re going to get voicemail? That’s maybe what happened here.

  8. Roger Googles has repeatedly displayed that he doesn’t really care about anything other than perception or spin and is certainly not focused on “integrity of the game.”

    Not only does he lie about talking to the players, but don’t you find it curious that he never mentions whether he spoke to the perpetrators of the incident, the referees who ignored numerous penalties (pi, helmet-to-helmet hit, hitting a defenseless receiver, unnecessary roughness) on one play? He blatantly ducked the question as to what, if any, action will be taken against the negligent refs.

    If you finally and grudgingly admit the call was wrong, it seems like you would be focused on the steps and actions you were taking to ensure your referees were getting calls “right”. Instead, he stresses how he reached out to the owner, the coach, and lies about talking to the players. Sort of tell you what his real focus is.

    Not much integrity.

  9. Mr. Strief might do well to be more careful with his allegations if he wants to keep his job as the Saints’ radio announcer. After all, the Saints are still part of the NFL, and Goodell is still the commissioner. Goodell just might decide to do something about being called a liar by a prominent employee of an NFL franchise. You never know. I’m not defending Goodell by any means. I agree that he’s probably a liar. I just happen to think that people who want to stay employed sometimes need to learn not to criticize the boss in public. If I did that at my job, I’d be out on the street this afternoon. I’m just sayin’…

  10. “The man literally stands up on a podium and just lies. It’s mind blowing. He is the commissioner of the biggest sports league in the country, and it is totally cool with all the people who employ him, the 32 owners, that he just lies to everybody,” Strief said.
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    Yup. He’s been doing it for years. How anyone can take anything he says literally is beyond belief.

  11. What do you expect a known liar to do except lie? Read his testimony, under oath, about concussions and CTE and explain why he still has a job. Any job.

  12. Not a surprise that sheriff Goodell lies. When you look at how he handles player disciplines, he lies all the times. Why the owners support this clown is beyond reason.

  13. It’s ok if the commissioner lies almost 2 weeks later with a half baked answer of bs. He’s human, humans make mistakes. Just ask him.

    🙄

  14. It was hard to believe this in the first instance. Usually, when the season is over, the players scatter to the winds. How could Goodell have spoken to them. Video? Where is the video?

  15. Time for a new commissioner.
    But that wont happen so long as the money flows in every year.

  16. Wow. The lies just continue to flow out of this man’s mouth. Worst. Commissioner. Ever.

  17. Anyone surprised by this? Tell the truth!!! Just say we blew the call and the Saints organization and fans were robbed of an appearance in the Superbowl. We have the wrong team representing the NFC in the game and the Rams really don’t deserve to be there. We can’t go back and change the past or replay the game and the NFL apologizes to the New Orleans Saints and their fans. We will implement someone going forward to make sure this atrocity does not happen again to any team and their fan base. I think that is what the Saints and their fans want to hear, but of course Roger Goodell is not capable of telling the truth.

  18. “The man literally stands up on a podium and just lies. It’s mind blowing. He is the commissioner of the biggest sports league in the country, and it is totally cool with all the people who employ him, the 32 owners, that he just lies to everybody,” Strief said.
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    News flash … Goodell is a proven liar. Both in the court of public opinion and in the real courts. You expect the owners to ride his coat tails despite that. The fans however have zero excuse.

    #INTEGRITY!!!

  19. Until fans take a stand that can actually impact the owners wallets, this chump isn’t going anywhere. Maybe Vince McMahon can help assist that process.

  20. He had 10 days to come up with a really good story. Explain how the NFL sent 4 refs from the LA area to New Orleans to officiate the Rams NFC title game. The game was a sham, love to see the game grades for the refs on that one. He had time to come up with the reasons why out California all star team of refs could have made such a glaring mistake. All he he says is it was human error. Really??

  21. hal2000yahoocom says:
    January 31, 2019 at 8:18 am
    He had 10 days to come up with a really good story. Explain how the NFL sent 4 refs from the LA area to New Orleans to officiate the Rams NFC title game. The game was a sham, love to see the game grades for the refs on that one. He had time to come up with the reasons why out California all star team of refs could have made such a glaring mistake. All he he says is it was human error. Really??

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    Honestly I would have stepped up and said. “The missed call is an obvious mistake. We agree the four refs all coming from S CA is a bad look. We regret both those things. Cant change any of that now. Its clearly an improvement opportunity for the future” and left it at that. Such a statement would have been immediately followed by a lot of foot stomping and hissing simply because anything would have. But a statement like that is hard to attack and it would blow over faster then life goes on.

    Meanwhile really do have an internal meeting about possible ways for game handling of obvious blown calls (not as simple as some think) and what to consider when selecting officials for high profile games and how they have to avoid the proverbial “even the appearance of impropriety” like a lot of businesses do if they want to stay out if trouble.

  22. This guys is a depraved liar. When you get paid $40M + a year for doing nothing you do some wicked stuff. Lying becomes easy.

  23. holidlove says:
    January 31, 2019 at 6:18 am
    I’m guessing he may have misspoke or he meant the Union.

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    Brees is the union rep, though. Bad guess. He lied. Again.

  24. I feel like I’ve seen this situation play out before. The disappointing thing is that, next year, Goodell will be lie about something related to the, let’s say, the Raiders move to LV and we’ll just repeat the cycle. Goodell will give an answer, the media will note that it was false and then never follow up on it. No one ever says “You lied about Ray Rice, you lied about Brady, you lied about the Saints and you’re lying now.”

  25. I find it funny that a lot of these people calling for Goodell’s head are the same ones who believe everything he said about Deflategate. Hypocrisy at it’s best.

  26. Yes, the refs are human. Just as it is human to be a crook. And those refs were as crooked as humanly possible.

  27. I heard his salary is 25 million don’t know the exact amount. Whatever the exact amount is, put a negative in front of it to determine his value as a human. The owners should form a committee to see if anything funny was going on with that call. The game may have become more valuable during his reign but it isn’t because of anything he did. Fantasy football is a small reason why people who did not watch the game religiously before they started playing but became more interested. There are others reasons but it is not because of Goodell living in an ivory tower. He hates players, fans and some teams. Bring back Tagliabue immediately as an interim commissioner and find a person who is not a dictator like me.

  28. sweetwater98 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 9:06 am
    I find it funny that a lot of these people calling for Goodell’s head are the same ones who believe everything he said about Deflategate. Hypocrisy at it’s best.

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    And Spygate, too. Goodell has been cheating since he entered the league.

  29. So what? Sean “Bountygate” Payton lied about the NFL head of officiating calling him to “admit” it was a bad call. I know I may have voodoo dolls in my likeness in the Big Easy, but THE NO-CALL WAS CORRECT!

  30. And Spygate, too. Goodell has been cheating since he entered the league.
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    The Pats were definitely busted by videotaping from a non designated area in 2007 but the punishment definitely did not fit the crime. It was ludicrous. Now for all you who will complain they were taping before the rule came into existence, so what. If there was not a rule in place until 2007 then what rule was ever broken in prior years? It’s like taking away all of Lester Hayes’ interceptions when he was dripping with gooey stickum. There was a rule change and he was not even close to what he was before the change. However, the Pats have the best record and most playoff wins, conference championships and SB titles since Spygate.

  31. This is one of those things that makes you shake your head. Why make that statement? He probably thought he could sneak it in, but c’mon Roger – it’s the NFL! You’ve got full-time media and millions of fans who will analyze every word you say.

    Don’t lie. It’s pointless and when you get caught, it makes you look foolish. Of course, these days, blatantly lying to the public has become much, much more popular – because some see “truth” as a subjective, fluid commodity.

  32. Maybe Jerry was right?

    ‘Jones previously was warned by the compensation committee that he was guilty of conduct detrimental to the league after his failed efforts to prevent the five-year contract extension for Goodell from being completed.’

  33. I really wonder what the owners see in this guy. He was originally hired because of his ability to negotiate the TV contracts and he absolutely killed the networks and got the NFL a ton of money – so he did a great job with that.

    However, I can’t believe that the owners can’t find someone else to shepherd the league who could do as well AND not have this type of public acrimony towards him.

    Though, I guess having a hated commissioner keeps the focus on him and away from the owners, so maybe that’s why they keep him and pay him all of that money, he’s basically a shield for them.

  34. Brian Stropolo was an NFL in 2012. He was pulled off of an NFL game involving the New Orleans Saints. This was presumably because there was a fear he may show bias in favor of his hometown team. Can anyone explain why it is OK for 4 southern California refs from the LA area were selected to come to New Orleans to officiate the game that might send the Rams to the Superbowl. Forget that the quality of the officiating was super awful. This all-star team of California refs made the worst ‘human error’ mistake in modern football history. Just all coincidence !!

  35. grumpysal says:
    January 31, 2019 at 10:56 am
    I really wonder what the owners see in this guy. He was originally hired because of his ability to negotiate the TV contracts and he absolutely killed the networks and got the NFL a ton of money – so he did a great job with that.

    However, I can’t believe that the owners can’t find someone else to shepherd the league who could do as well AND not have this type of public acrimony towards him.

    Though, I guess having a hated commissioner keeps the focus on him and away from the owners, so maybe that’s why they keep him and pay him all of that money, he’s basically a shield for them.

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    Actually Goodell did not have any ability to negotiate with the networks, Kraft had to step in and do that for him. Even after Kraft became involved they still had to have Goodell and his people leave the room because they were being an impediment. Once Goodell was out of the way Kraft did do a good job of negotiating with the NFL. If you look up the articles on how that played out you can see all this.

    Goodells contribution is exactly what you see here. He will take the bullets for the situation, step up and shamelessly lie and tell any narrative he has to, and take the bullets for that too, all the while the owners dont have to. Note that we are reading and all commenting on what a jerk Goodell is, and how inept he is, what a liar he is, and all kinds of other derogatory things we say about him, instead of that stuff going around about the owners. Thats his real contribution and when you understand what his job is really you have to admit he does it very well.

  36. Kraft wanted NE to play the weaker of the two teams, and what Uncle Bob wants, Uncle Bob gets. Goodell is just following Kraft’s orders.

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