Rep. Krishnamoorthi “disturbed” by Roger Goodell’s comments regarding WFT investigation information

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
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During the same press conference in which Commissioner Roger Goodell said that more information will not be released regarding the Washington Football Team investigation, he said that the NFL will be “cooperative” with the request from Congress for more information. One of the members of Congress who signed last Thursday’s letter to Goodell requesting more information can’t reconcile those two aspects of Goodell’s comments.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) told Adam Longo of WUSA-TV, “I’m disturbed by what [Goodell] said” regarding the league’s refusal to release more information.

“I’m not really sure what it means to cooperate with us if he doesn’t want to share what we’ve requested,” Rep. Krishnamoorthi said.

He added that, if the NFL doesn’t provide the information that Congress has requested, Congress has “tools at our disposal to compel the production of documents as well as live testimony,” and that he hopes an agreement can be reached for the materials to be produced.

The league surely won’t give in so easily. It’s concealing a fairly significant piece of information. People throughout the league are buzzing about it, and speculating about what the league is hiding by insisting so fervently — and on such flimsy grounds — to keep the materials private.

As one person not connected to the investigation (but generally connected to the happenings of the league) predicted on Wednesday, “It’s way bigger than even you think.”

Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. One way to prove that it isn’t would be to release the information.

38 responses to “Rep. Krishnamoorthi “disturbed” by Roger Goodell’s comments regarding WFT investigation information

  1. Under what pretext can congress compel a private company to disclose sensitive, private communications? I’m honestly wondering. It doesn’t feel like something they should be allowed to do, unless it’s a matter of national security, which this obviously isn’t.

  2. Rich people get away with ignoring congressional subpoenas. We’ve all learned that over the last few years.

  3. When a player goes rogue and gets in legal trouble we often hear “NFL players think they’re above the law.” NFL owners appear to be stuck in the same delusion. No American citizen, regardless of net worth is above the law. These guys have had it going for years. Expose them!

  4. NFL finally ran into a problem that Rog can’t make go away. I said this at the beginning… this will expose people and cost the commish his job ultimately.

  5. Private entity. Good luck Congress.

    They funded their own investigation and don’t have to give you squat.

    Unfortunate but true.

  6. We are all disgusted with congress in general so concentrate on fixing your own corruption.

  7. Would be a bit relieving if Congress could worry about the bevy of far more important issues in this country than what a private entity is doing.

  8. How many “private” companies are exempt from anti-trust laws and have billions of tax-payer dollars flowing thru it to help fund their “private” stadiums?????

  9. Sorry, but Congress can go pound sand on this one. Krishnamoorthi can find another issue for his grandstanding.

  10. If Goodell says no more will be released, it must mean he was in charge of the previous release. How else could he be sure it won’t happen again?

  11. You are better off saying nothing than you are going to Congress and thumbing your nose at them. Didn’t a CEO of a drug company tell them that he doesn’t answer to them and the next thing you know full blown investigation into the company.

  12. The former employees of the WFT alleging harassment and abuse are what make it the public’s interest.

    The fact that the public bankrolls and supports this taxpayer driven sport.

    Despite what the 1% want to believe, Congress doesn’t work for them, it exists to protect us from them.

  13. Finally gaining traction.

    Time to expose the bad owners, front offices and coaches.

  14. Roger and Co. are a joke. They have no problem leaking emails between John Gruden and Bruce Allen, destroying Gruden’s career. But now they can’t let anyone know about what was happening with the Redskins owner and management. There were very serious charges levied about the organization and heaven forbid if any findings are released.

  15. Snyder should be ousted from the league, but why should Congress care? Juat another circus side-show for them to pretend they’re worth a squat.

  16. As a Washington fan I want it ALL out there. As a NFL fan I have minor concerns it could get ugly, but still pull for it. As an American, I think congress has far more pressing issues to worry about.

  17. cnuterockne says:
    October 27, 2021 at 6:13 pm
    Massive government overreach.

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    Exactly. The job of Congress is to legislate…..not investigate.

  18. It was a blatant attack on the Raiders if this happened to your team what you’re worried about, then you’d be demanding those emails!

  19. Goodell had no problem with publicizing Brady’s business during “Deflategate.” I don’t put anything past him in the matter of the WFT investigation.

  20. Not sure about this but if congress finds examples of a crime was committed they could have someone charged with it. When that goes to trial everything would come out.

  21. boogiewstu says:
    October 27, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Congress is empowered to regulate commerce. Look it up some time, kids.

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    Regulating commerce doesn’t give Congress access to an internal investigation of a private entity.

  22. If I recall correctly, the NFL enjoys a tax-exempt status. That’s how you compel them to produce those documents….

  23. theimmaculatedeception says:
    October 27, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    When a player goes rogue and gets in legal trouble we often hear “NFL players think they’re above the law.” NFL owners appear to be stuck in the same delusion. No American citizen, regardless of net worth is above the law. These guys have had it going for years. Expose them!

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    And what law are NFL owners breaking here? If a prosecutor wants to charge the NFL or the Washington Football Team over something that occurred then they should bring charges. If someone harmed by the Washington Football Team wants to fill a civil law suit, they should do so. But we aren’t talking about either of those here. We’re talking about a Congressional committee demanding a private entity turn over confidential and privileged information.

  24. kohila says:
    October 27, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Not sure about this but if congress finds examples of a crime was committed they could have someone charged with it. When that goes to trial everything would come out.

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    Congress isn’t a prosecuting authority, they don’t have the ability to charge anyone with a crime. They can recommend the DOJ file charges, but the DOJ doesn’t need to comply.

  25. lol, not even sure who this guy is, but anyhow, unless legally compelled, the NFL doesn’t have to release any communications to anyone. I bet you my meager paycheck if I requested Congress’s emails with a FOIA, I’d get them but heavily redacted lol.

  26. Well, well a civics lesson for those who didn’t pay attention in school or were ‘selectively’ home schooled. Just because you don’t know it doesn’t mean Congress can’t regulate commerce.

    It’s their job.

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