Roger Goodell gets grilled over the fine imposed on Jack Del Rio

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As explained last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to testify before the House Oversight Committee potentially will open a Pandora’s Box of potential questions. Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) threw that box open on Wednesday, pivoting from a history of workplace misconduct in Washington to the six-figure fine imposed recently by Commanders coach Ron Rivera on defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio for comments he made regarding the events of January 6, 2021.

Jordan asked Goodell whether he agrees with the fine. Goodell initially provided a non-answer, as he often does in a press-conference setting (frankly). Jordan then pressed him for a yes or a no, which rarely happens in a press-conference setting. Goodell still resisted.

“I don’t think it’s my position to say whether it was a correct decision or not,” Goodell said.

Jordan thereafter read a quote from Goodell in 2019.

“We the National Football League encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Jordan said. “Did you really mean that when you said it that Mr. Goodell?”

“Yes,” Goodell said. “I think people are always responsible for what they say and what they do. But yes.”

“And when you said you encourage all to speak you, you mean all, not just some?” Jordan said.

“That’s correct, Congressman, but you’re responsible for what you say,” Goodell said. “There are consequences for what you do and say in life.”

That’s an interesting comment from Goodell. And a revealing one, as it relates to the shunning of Colin Kaepernick.

Translation: He’s free to say whatever he wants, but there are consequences for what you do and say.

Whether it’s Del Rio or Kaepernick or anyone else, Goodell saying in one breath that people are encouraged to speak out and peacefully protest and in the next breath that there are consequences for what you say and do undermines the encouragement. Depending on the consequences, it potentially makes supposed encouragement into, as a practical matter, discouragement.

21 responses to “Roger Goodell gets grilled over the fine imposed on Jack Del Rio

  1. The federal government is actively trying to take away our guns, and clearly, clearly, our freedom of speech. Anyone who disagrees with that either supports the government doing that, or your head is deep in the sand.

  2. How about a fine for Goodell for not answering ? If you are testifying to congress, then testify. Or is the NFL above the government and its self-regulation above reproach?

  3. Evasive answers are a form of distraction. I hope that the Commissioner fines Roger Goodell $100,000.

  4. So many people do not understand what freedom of speech means at all. You’re free to say what you want but you’re not free from the consequences of that speech. The NFL is not the gov they can fine you or fire you for your speech it is not protected and never has been.

  5. minime says:
    June 22, 2022 at 1:14 pm
    Rivera 100% wrong.
    Del Rio 100% right.
    _________

    You are free to make statements supporting treason and insurrection as much as you want. That freedom does not mean that you are free from the consequences of your statements.

  6. courbettheman says:
    June 22, 2022 at 1:30 pm
    I hope that the Commissioner fines Roger Goodell $100,000.
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    Roger prob made more than that in the hour he was on the stand…

  7. “The NFL is not the gov they can fine you or fire you for your speech it is not protected and never has been”

    If the NFL is going to crack down on NFL team employees for their political speech, perhaps the NFL should abstain from encouraging NFL team employees to speak out about their political views, lest they be accused of blatant hypocrisy.

  8. Once again and don’t know why some people can’t grasp this. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequences. You can say anything you want but it doesn’t mean you’re can’t or won’t get in trouble for it. At one of my previous jobs there was a guy that made a comment about a co-worker. That co-worker’s father was CEO of the company. The very next day he was gone. Now what he said about the CEO’s son was true and he had every right to say it. But the consequences was losing his job.

  9. Del Rio 100% right.
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    And you’re 100% crazy.

    He shouldn’t have been fined, but calling an open insurrection of the United States, supported and possibly planned by the president himself, in which good people died, a dustup is not 100% right….it’s 100% sickening and stupid.

  10. Congressman pointing out the hypocrisy of the times. Certain opinions are celebrated. Others are punished.

  11. When Rivera gave his (first) explanation for fining Del Rio, he did the exact same thing. He gave his personal opinion on the two events.

  12. What a joke. If the NFL Box were opened this would just be the tip of the iceberg.

  13. It’s clear Goodell run a corrupt ship. The passive, not too clear but seem clear comments say it all. Just make solid statements. People have WAY too many skeletons in their closets nowadays

  14. It’s ironic the same people who are crying foul that the government is stepping on their civil liberties are the same people contributing to the current age of entitlement.

  15. Michael E says:
    June 22, 2022 at 6:25 pm
    When Rivera gave his (first) explanation for fining Del Rio, he did the exact same thing. He gave his personal opinion on the two events.
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    How do you know? It is more likely that he gave the teams opinion supported by the ownership, something Del Rio did not do.

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