Report: Most owners were “taken by surprise” by the Roger Goodell video

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As it turns out, the league employee who came up with the idea for that compelling video from multiple star NFL players wasn’t the only league employee who went rogue this week.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL’s 32 owners “mostly were taken by surprise” by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s video response to the video published a day earlier by the players. Per the report, Goodell “gave a head’s up to a few owners” after he decided what to do.

The “few owners” undoubtedly were the most powerful of the owners, the ones who actually run the league and the ones with whom Goodell communicates most frequently. The rest, the ones who don’t run the league, didn’t get advance notice.

But those aren’t the ones Goodell would have to worry about. He spoke to the ones who run the show, which takes a lot of steam out of the perception that Goodell went out on a limb without approval.

An unnamed source told Maske that “most owners” are expected to support Goodell’s statement. However, some owners expect a backlash from fans whose views on protests mesh with the President’s. Maske also reports that some wonder about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, given his past position that players always should stand for the anthem.

43 responses to “Report: Most owners were “taken by surprise” by the Roger Goodell video

  1. The man said if it wasn’t for black players the league would not exist ,the reality is the league doesn’t exist if it wasn’t for white fans !

  2. Kneeling for the flag doesn’t stop nor change bad cops. We all have been well aware of this racist cop problem Yet there is Never one answer. You can’t stop racism but You can stop racist cops! … start with more in depth background checks then a zero rule policy for body cams being turned off. Racism goes both ways btw. Just remember there is no such thing as a few bad apples at being a cop. Stop that crap right there, unless you would accept a few bad pilots working for America Airlines.

  3. It would be nice to learn who those more powerful owners are. I am wondering if Arthur Blank is one, given the fact that his liberal politics seem counter to Goodell’s. I know one thing—between Blank’s and Matt Ryan’s and Dan Quinn’s recent sympathetic statements and actions, the Falcons seem set for better team unity than the Saints this season. Whether that will translate to actual wins, well, we’ll see. They are, after all, still the Falcons.

  4. WOW I guess they cured the coronavirus.

    Haven’t heard a word about it in 2wks!

  5. They know pandering to the looters and communists running these protests is going to be the death knell for the league.

  6. Malcolm Jenkins was protesting in Philly today with black fraternities it was beautiful to watch ,but Malcolm had to be stupid and walk with a sign that read DEFUND THE POLICE ,I did not expect to see that from Malcolm ,don’t players have family that are in law enforcement?I really though he was at a better level than this !

  7. harrytootsie says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    The man said if it wasn’t for black players the league would not exist ,the reality is the league doesn’t exist if it wasn’t for white fans !

    How can you make it through life being this dumb?

  8. So what you’re saying is that the NFL is basically a ‘good ‘ol boys club”? What a shock. If the NFL doesn’t consider all 32 teams as worthy of input on important matters, then that organization has some level of corruption on the inside. No real accountability. I think the time is now to replace Goodell with a black commissioner asap. I would like to nominate Tony Dungy to bring stability, fairness, integrity back to the NFL.

  9. Mike Florio says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    An unnamed source told Maske that “most owners” are expected to support Goodell’s statement. However, some owners expect a backlash from fans whose views on protests mesh with the President’s.
    ——————

    That’s an absolute and undisputed fact. When players start kneeling again, the NFL will suffer ratings losses and empty seats again.

    BLM and young white liberals aren’t buying tickets. 🤷🏼‍♂️

  10. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm
    WOW I guess they cured the coronavirus.

    Haven’t heard a word about it in 2wks!

    You know its almost like if we go to a protest or march on NFL offices, we’ll be cured. In fact we should get ALL NFL fans to march for the protests, then we can all be seated for our season tickets and watch who and who will not STAND for the anthem. Since Im sure Roger agrees its the cure and we know he wants fans come this fall for $.

  11. It’s a perfect storm. A straight up racist president, a league where the players are 75% African American and 32 owners that are mostly rich conservative old white guys…

  12. calizcowboyz says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    start with more in depth background checks

    ——————

    Spoken by someone that’s obviously never gone through the hiring process for a police department.

    In most jurisdictions, college is required, usually 3 written tests, a drug test, a physical exam and agility test, a thorough background check that includes not only prior employment and criminal history but also interviews with previous employers, co-workers, a neighbors about your character, followed by an extensive credit check.

    Then, you have a polygraph, a psychological exam, and a panel interview and that’s just to get into the academy. Most Academies are a minimum of six months before you’ll graduate.

    Usually for every 300-500 applicants, only 3-4 will make it through.

    The usual hiring process takes a minimum of 6-8 months from your application, I mean all of that considered, what else do you expect?

  13. harrytootsie says:
    June 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm
    My personal pick for commissioner of the NFL would be Warren Moon!
    ————

    A wife beater, perfect choice!

  14. Goodell stood up for all the players and did what they’ve wanted the NFL to do. Now let’s see the players openly support Goodell.

  15. The hypocrisy here is that it’s these players and BLM who are acting like racists while supposedly against racism. Can’t be guilty of the thing you’re fighting against. How about we take a knee in February?

    Operation boycott the NFL, NBA, Nike.

  16. No evidence what so ever that Trump is racist. Nada, None. Plenty of evidence he is NOT a racist, but the never-Trump media fail to mention that. Anybody that trusts CNN to be fair is an idiot.

  17. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm
    WOW I guess they cured the coronavirus.

    Haven’t heard a word about it in 2wks!

    ——————————

    Change the channel from Fox once in awhile. Everywhere else it is still mentioned in addition to covering the protests.

  18. Roger can you please list the causes that are officially sanctioned by the NFL. For example if a player is pro-life can he protest Planned Parenthood during the anthem? If they support a political campaign or issues may they support that position during the anthem? If they object to gay marriage can they protest during the anthem? What is the leagues position and who decides which issues are approved?

  19. madmike6568 says:
    June 6, 2020 at 9:51 pm
    So, I’m thinking Florio is voting for Biden….

    —————————————————————————————–

    Of course he is. He makes no bones about not liking Trump, just like his crony Peter King.

  20. Roger should have been replaced long ago. He has taken this league way down. Does he honestly think that his response he gave on the video, the players do not see right through him. The players might as well have flags on their sides and just switch to flag football. The game surely is not what it used to be. The XFL should have played the same time of year the NFL played and you would see how many fans jump over to the other side. (Because of Roger’s decisions) All these stupid rules Roger has put in. The game is an absolute joke now. Now is the time to increase the 53 man roster to 75 with the virus out there. Anyone gets it they are out 2 weeks. The change for commissioner is long overdue. Make it happen!!

  21. And so there you have it. Owners afraid of backlash from Trump supporters.

    I couldn’t live with myself if I had to kowtow to Trump and his supporters. Leaders today are cowards.

    To the person above who states Trump isn’t a racist.

    Start with Obama’s birth certificate and work your way back.

  22. The Commissioner erred by seemingly doing an about face on the direction the NFL had been taking regarding the Flag and National Anthem Like Brees, he mistakenly has muddled that issue with Systematic Racism Reform. He should have gotten direction from the owner’s before taking such action.

    The kneeling helped bring up the issue of police brutality against Blacks and Systematic Racism in this Country. Apologies accepted by all who Just now recognize that the issue is needing attention. If racism isn’t addressed properly, protest & kneeling should continue to be used to spotlight the issue If REAL change results, then there won’t be need for kneeling or protesting. Let’s make it so.

  23. No judgment, but I’m not sure if the NFL is aware of the response from the oft mocked fly over states. Maybe this will blow over. I hope it does because I’ve loved NFL football for as long as I can remember. It used to be the way everyone forgot about all of our differences.

  24. The NFL is about two things. The ability to play the game at a high level and making the most money they can. As a result, all sorts of things that would not be tolerated by a business owner or other employees are tolerated in the NFL. The organization, owners and players need to begin at home by doing a better job of not letting people who have outstanding athletic skills remain employed by their organization regardless of what they have done outside of their employment or during it. In other words, if they want others to change, they should lead by example.

  25. Lol! I love it! By the end of the year racists will have no where to hide. They’ll have to keep it under wraps or risk being ostracized by every decent person in this country…. of all races.

  26. nitzie says:

    ” They know pandering to the looters and communists running these protests
    is going to be the death knell for the league. ”

    I doubt the NFL cares about, nor wants looters and communists
    supporting or attending their games. Their product is not geared
    towards this minuscule portion of the public. The NFL cares about
    earning the support of the general public and their sponsors.
    It seems they have received that support with their recent actions.

    By the way, you misspelled your name – and that is unfortunate.

  27. So the best you have is Obama’s birth certificate? That kinda proves my point. Thanks!!

  28. SparkyGump says:
    June 6, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    It’s still amazing to me how some people actually enjoy being racist.
    —————————-

    It’s still amazing to me what passes for racism! Everyone wants to have a “discussion” but nobody has any solutions or has even defined the problems! Things must be really good in this country and we’ve got a lot of wimps.

  29. Question one at debate to Biden. Do you support the movement to defund the police? Yes or No?

  30. Who are the powerful few of owners who run the league? I’m seriously curious. Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, John Mara, the Rooneys?

  31. sundanz56 says:

    ” So the best you have is Obama’s birth certificate?
    That kinda proves my point. Thanks!! ”
    —————————-

    Then let’s add to the list.

    Like when alluding to restricting immigration of visible minorities from
    ” sh*t hole ” countries, and bring in more people from countries like Sweden.

    Or like telling four duly elected members of Congress to go back
    to their countries, because they are from visible minorities.
    Three of them were born in the US, the other a legalized citizen.
    All of them freely elected by their constituents.

    Or calling black players “SOBs ” and telling the NFL to get rid of them
    because they had the nerve to protest against social injustices
    and police brutality occurring in their communities.

    Of course, the vast majority of attacks are done more subtly.
    They are more insipid. They are inferred by catch phrases,
    hinted at by off-color jokes, and a wink and a knowing nod.
    This bias is left to his echo chambers like radio talk shows
    and Faux News, to voice, expound and espouse.

    The one that grates at me from those platforms is
    they keep referring to protesters as ‘rioters’ and ‘ looters’, when
    it is clear, the overwhelming majority are protesting peacefully.

    As the saying goes, you can’t hide behind your nose.
    We see you, and we know what your ideas represent.
    The question is, are you self-aware enough to see
    your own prejudices. Do you even care to look?
    Or is it done consciously and with malice.

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