|Roger Goodell talks Deflategate, including when he’ll return to Gillette Stadium||10.28.16 at 4:23 pm ET|
It seems like during any long interview with Roger Goodell, Deflategate will come up.
This is what happened during WFAN’s “Chalk Talk” this week when the New York Daily News’ Gary Myers sat down with Goodell.
Myers asked why the NFL went after Tom Brady without direct evidence.
“Gary, one of the things, we obviously disagree on this, you’ve made your position clear — the No. 1 thing here is protecting the integrity of our game,” Goodell said. “The rules apply to everyone in the league — every team, every player. It doesn’t matter whether you are the MVP or a Super Bowl champion, or any other team. They apply equally. This is the single most important thing that the commissioner’s job is — that is the responsibility.
“We had an independent study and an independent investigation that came back with the conclusion. We went through all the process’ because, yes, we do believe we have the rights under the CBA. The Second Circuit made that entirely clear. You may not agree. I understand that. It was clear to us there was a violation of policy.
“Second, it is an obligation of people to cooperate. They must cooperate with the investigation. That includes not only cooperation, but also not destroying evidence. Those are the factors we had to consider with this context. We did that to protect the integrity of the game and we’ll continue to do that.”
Myers followed it up by asking Goodell when he would return to Gillette Stadium, as he hasn’t visited the stadium since Deflategate began, including when the Patriots raised the banner for winning Super Bowl XLIX.
“I don’t know, Gary. I will go wherever I need to go,” he said.
|Roger Goodell: NFL has made ‘tremendous progress’ on domestic violence||10.27.16 at 10:41 am ET|
The league has been under a lot of scrutiny of late when it comes to domestic violence in wake of the Josh Brown situation in the last week or so.
Speaking with Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, commissioner Roger Goodell claims the league has made progress with the issue.
“What you see here is a policy that’s evolved,” Goodell said. “We’ve learned a lot, but these are complex matters. When you talk to the domestic violence experts, these are difficult matters to deal with. You have rights, you have families that you have to be concerned with, privacy issues. Yes, you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to address these [alleged incidents] when they happen, but you also want to deal with them to prevent them from happening. I think we’ve made tremendous progress. Can we make more and will we make more? Of course.”
As it relates to Brown, Goodell said his one-game suspension at the start of the year was solely based on one incident the league had information on.
“Here’s the issue, the discipline that occurred on the one game was for the event on May of 2015,” Goodell said. “That was the only one that we were able to get of all the different things that we’ve heard. The decision was made by our team after we had the evidence to be able to support the one game. We knew we would get challenged [by the NFL Players Association] and we were able to uphold it.”
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|Roger Goodell notes public misunderstanding with NFL’s domestic violence cases||10.23.16 at 9:27 pm ET|
For the past few years domestic violence has been a big topic of discussion with the NFL and even more so this week with the case of Giants kicker Josh Brown.
Brown received a one-game suspension to start this season for a domestic violence incident with his wife, but more information with the case came out this week which caused both the NFL and the Giants to get a lot of negative and loud reaction as to why he was only suspended one game and why did the Giants re-sign him.
Brown didn’t travel to London with the Giants this weekend as he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list as the league looks more into the matter.
Speaking on BBC as part of the pregame coverage of the Giants-Rams game Sunday, Goodell spoke on the domestic violence cases with the league and cited public misunderstanding.
“I understand the public’s misunderstanding of those things and how that can be difficult for them to understand how we get to those positions,” Goodell said via Pro Football Talk. “But those are things that we have to do. I think it’s a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears but it gets a lot of focus.”
Goodell repeated the league will look deeper into the Brown case.
“Well you have to go and get the facts,” Goodell said. “We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that’s been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren’t able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have. We take this issue incredibly seriously. This is something we’ve been working on with policy changes, to educating our players to make sure they understand how they deal with issues with their family, give them resources to be able to deal with this.
“But when it happens we’re not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we’ll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we’ll take it from there.”
|Roger Goodell blames declining TV ratings ‘on a lot of factors’||10.20.16 at 9:45 am ET|
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence on the declining TV ratings on Wednesday, blaming the drop on a numbers of issues.
“I don’t think there is a single reason for it. We look at all those factors. Everyone has theories,” he said while at the fall owners’ meetings. “We also know that two primetime games that saw our most dramatic decrease went straight up against two very significant debates. Another one of our primetime games was on Thursday night on NFL Network, as opposed to a network broadcast, which will always get a lower rating. There are a lot of factors to be considered. We don’t make excuses. We try to look at what’s causing it and make changes.
“We don’t think we’ve lost viewers. When you look at ratings, you have to look a little deeper than that. It’s viewers, but also how long they’re engaging for. A lot of times, people will leave a game for whatever reason.”
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|Roger Goodell 100 percent certain he got Deflategate right||09.11.16 at 9:04 am ET|
Tom Brady will not be on the field Sunday night with the Patriots as he serves the first of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.
Commissioner Roger Goodell sat down with NBC’s Matt Lauer for an interview set to air Wednesday on NBC News’ TODAY show. Goodell was asked if he’s 100 percent certain he got Deflategate right?
“Yes,” Goodell responded.
“We went through a very exhausting process with this,” he added. “We had an independent investigation.”
Brady will miss Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals and then home games against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills before returning Week 5 in Cleveland.
“Every player, every team, is subject to the same rules. We don’t have rules for marquee players and we don’t have rules for marquee teams,” Goodell said.
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|Roger Goodell once shoved NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira into door over disagreement||09.08.16 at 4:53 pm ET|
Former vice president of officiating and current FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira recently authored a book along with Rick Jaffe titled, ‘After Further Review: My Life Including the Infamous, Controversial, and Unforgettable Calls that Changed the NFL.’
Deadspin obtained an except from the book, which details a fight between Pereira and commissioner Roger Goodell, where Goodell may have taken things a bit too far over a disagreement.
The story goes back to Week 16 of the 2001 season and a game between the Browns and Jaguars in Cleveland and referee Terry McAulay.
The excerpt details what occurred: Here are the basics. There were less than two minutes left in the game, and the Browns had the ball but were trailing. Cleveland quarterback Tim Couch completed a fourth-down pass that appeared to be a first down, but with no timeouts left, the clock continued to run. Couch ran up to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball for the next play, and after the ball got spiked, the officials signaled the replay official had buzzed down right about the same time as the ball was snapped.
McAulay and his umpire, Carl Paganelli, said that they felt the buzz, and both felt it came right before the snap. McAulay reversed the call because it was clearly incomplete, and because it was a fourth-down play, the ball was awarded to Jacksonville, essentially ending the game.
Fans began to throw bottles on the field and McAulay ended the game, but he didn’t have the power to actually do that — only the commissioner did. The league got on the phone with McAulay immediately and forced him to get the teams back on the field to finish the final 48 seconds.
After the game and in the coming weeks, Pereira gave McAulay a downgrade for an incorrect mechanic for taking teams off the field. But, that wasn’t good enough for Goodell and eventually led to Goodell and Pereira getting into a disagreement about it at his office.
From the excerpt: Goodell persisted, but I refused to give in. What happened next was anything but good. The conversation escalated, and when he was down in front of my office, with others present, he was so frustrated and, I’m sure, getting so much heat from Cleveland that he gave me a hard shove into my door to try and continue the argument about McAulay in my office. Quite frankly, it startled me, and I think it startled him a little because the discussion ended shortly after that.
Despite that, I stood my ground and refused to suspend McAulay. It would have been the wrong thing to do. Even though I worked for the league, I still managed the 119 officials. You have to support your “players,” including sticking to your guns when you get shoved by your boss—who, by the way, wasn’t yet commissioner then. He was the executive vice president and chief operating officer.
|Jonathan Kraft wants to keep Roger Goodell (or any commissioner) out of the ‘firing line’ of discipline||09.01.16 at 7:37 pm ET|
On Thursday, the 10th anniversary of Goodell taking over as NFL Commissioner, the Patriots team president voiced his opinion on the job Goodell has done since taking over for Paul Tagliabue on Sept. 1, 2006.
Speaking on the Patriots pregame radio show, Kraft was asked how he thinks Goodell has handled discipline over the last 10 years. Kraft made it clear that while he still vehemently opposes the way Tom Brady was disciplined, he thinks the league should take steps to take the Commissioner out of public scrutiny.
“Look, I think that’s a complicated position,” Kraft said. “Obviously, you know my opinion on our current situation and we’re not in agreement with what’s gone on and I think our organization has been pretty vocal about that. I do think that whoever the Commissioner of the National Football League is, at any point in time, it’s important that the office have authority. It gets watched. It’s very visible. I’ve seen over the last couple of years, since the air pressure situation, I think that a clear and defined methodology around conduct that takes into account the role of the Commissioner and doesn’t put him or her in the firing line is probably where this needs to go. It’s much more complicated than it’s been in the past.
“I think having the ability to discipline conduct for anybody involved, be it a player or coach, executive or owner, is extremely important because we’re scrutinized, rightfully so, in a very granular way and there needs to be a clearly defined ability for conduct and for the rules of the league to be followed. For the good of the league, the Commissioner shouldn’t probably be on the firing line, at least in my opinion.”
Asked about his thoughts about the job Goodell has done overall on the 10th anniversary of taking over, Kraft took a long pause, had a small laugh and then offered his perspective.
“When Roger became Commissioner, he succeeded Paul Tagliabue, that had been a lawyer and Paul had succeeded Pete Rozelle, who was the brilliant marketing guy,” Kraft said. “And when Pete was the Commissioner, I think the league really needed Pete’s marketing. I never had the privilege of meeting Pete but I’ve read a lot about him and obviously know a lot of people who worked with him. He was a world-class marketer.
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