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Roger Goodell is still spewing hypocritical nonsense about marijuana use 04.28.17 at 11:51 am ET
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Roger Goodell still seems adamantly opposed to marijuana. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell still seems adamantly opposed to legalizing marijuana use in the NFL. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell appears to have little problem with NFL players abusing painkillers that team trainers illegally provide to them. But if one of those players wants to light up a joint after practice, he could face the commissioner’s wrath.

In an interview Friday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Goodell outlined his opposition to taking marijuana off of the league’s banned substance list.

“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” he said. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered. And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”

If the NFL wants to prohibit players from ingesting smoke, then they shouldn’t be allowed to smoke cigarettes. And if they’re not allowed to partake in “addictive behavior,” then alcohol should be on the banned substance list as well.

But of course, players are free to booze all they want –– provided they don’t break the law in the process. It seems as if Goodell’s attitude on marijuana was shaped by Nancy Reagan.

The commissioner did acknowledge research that supports the usefulness of medical marijuana, which 71 percent of players want the league to legalize, much like 29 states. But he still seems unconvinced about the drug’s effectiveness, despite a bevy of medical studies that say otherwise.

“We look at it from a medical standpoint,” he said. “So if people feel that it has a medical benefit, the medical advisers have to tell you that. We have joint advisers, we also have independent advisers, both the NFLPA and the NFL, and we’ll sit down and talk about that. But we’ve been studying that through our advisers. To date, they haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players. If they do, we’re certainly going to consider that. But to date, they haven’t really said that.”

Yeah, because the league that denied for years the connection between football and head trauma always thinks about player safety first, right?

Good grief.

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It appears Roger Goodell will return to Gillette Stadium next September for 1st time since Deflategate 03.28.17 at 8:12 pm ET
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Roger Goodell will return to Gillette Stadium in September. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell will return to Gillette Stadium in September. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell will make his return to Gillette Stadium next year.

Speaking to wrap up the NFL league meetings in Arizona, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed a number of different things at his press conference including gambling, the Raiders moving to Vegas, rule changes and also when he will return to Gillette Stadium.

Goodell was asked if he plans on being at the Patriots’ first game next season.

“I don’t, but I plan on being at the kickoff game,” he told reporters.

The commissioner cannot officially say he will be at the Patriots’ first game since the schedule has not been released yet, but the Super Bowl champion almost always hosts the kickoff game the Thursday before the first Sunday games.

It’s possible the Patriots will host the Falcons in a Super Bowl rematch.

This would be Goodell’s first time back at Gillette Stadium since the Deflategate game, which was in January of 2015. He could have came in the playoffs last January, but opted for two straight weekends in Atlanta.

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Robert Kraft: Roger Goodell welcome at Gillette Stadium for 2017 opener at 11:51 am ET
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Robert Kraft extended an invitation to Roger Goodell for the 2017 home opener. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft extended an invitation to Roger Goodell for the 2017 home opener. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

It is a story that will not die until Roger Goodell comes back to Gillette Stadium.

The NFL commissioner hasn’t been to Foxboro since 2015 for AFC championship game, better known as the Deflategate game.

Goodell opted to spend two straight weekends in Atlanta for the playoffs this past season instead of coming to Gillette for the AFC title game.

As he did the week of the Super Bowl, Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it clear the commissioner is welcome at Gillette Stadium for the 2017 season opener.

“Well, I think I’ll let you all ask him that,” Kraft told reporters on Monday at the NFL league meetings, via The Boston Herald. “Look, he’s commissioner in the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. And if he wanted to come, he’s welcomed to come. We’re happy we’ll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide whether he wants to be there.”

The NFL schedule will be released in mid-April and it is possible the season opener is a Super Bowl rematch against the Falcons.

Goodell is scheduled to meet the media at the league meetings Tuesday and perhaps could get asked about it.

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Bill Belichick spotted chatting with Roger Goodell at NFL league meetings 03.27.17 at 4:34 pm ET
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After the NFL owners voted to approve the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, commissioner Roger Goodell was spotted chatting with Bill Belichick.

Thanks to Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, a photo was captured of the scene.

Wonder what the two could have been talking about? We’ll probably never know.

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Sunday 7: If Malcolm Butler wants to be traded, he better sign tender soon 03.26.17 at 6:00 am ET
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If Malcolm Butler wants to play for another team in 2017, things need to get moving. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

If Malcolm Butler wants to play for another team in 2017, things need to get moving. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

1. There’s no question the Malcolm Butler situation is a very complex one. As it stands now, Butler hasn’t signed his first-round tender with the Patriots ($3.91 million) and he has until June 15 to do so, but if he wants to play for another team next year, he needs to get moving with the process. The process starts with him signing his tender, so the Patriots can negotiate a deal with other teams, or he could hope a team places an offer sheet on him, which teams have until April 17 to do so. This seems unlikely because teams probably wouldn’t want to give up a first-round pick and sign him to a long-term deal. He has no chance of getting traded unless he signs his tender and with teams finalizing their draft plans, they likely want to know what is going to happen with Butler beforehand. For example, if the Saints don’t acquire Butler before the draft, they likely will draft a cornerback high in the draft. If Butler doesn’t get moved before the draft, the likelihood he returns to the Patriots in 2017 increases. The 27-year-old could be dealt after the draft, but then the compensation would be for 2018 and probably not for as much as it would have been before the draft. Bottom line, if Butler wants to play outside New England next season, he should look to sign his tender soon.

2. The Patriots will be an active team this week at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert Kraft is on six committees, which will meet over the course of the week. They include: media (which he chairs), NFL Network, finance, compensation, management council executive committees and chairmen’s committee. Also, Jonathan Kraft co-chairs digital media and serves on the business ventures committee. Bill Belichick was scheduled to speak Tuesday at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday morning when every coach has a table and is available for an hour, but Saturday night it was reported by the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, he has a “scouting conflict” and will not be speaking. Sean Payton will be interesting on the NFC side Wednesday morning at their breakfast with how he talks about Butler. Last week the way he was talking following Butler’s visit was almost like it was a done deal he would play for the Saints. With nothing happening this past week, maybe things have changed. Lastly, with top executives from every team in the same place, the Jimmy Garoppolo rumors could heat up once again even with ESPN’s Adam Schefter continuing to be adamant he won’t be traded. It’s been reported the Browns will circle back with the Patriots and make another offer this week.

3. Another big thing at the owners meetings is rule changes. Although the Patriots didn’t propose any changes for the second straight year, they still will keep an eye on how the voting shakes out. Banning leaping over the line of scrimmage when attempting to block a kick has been proposed, as well as permitting a coach to challenge any officials’ decisions, except scoring plays and turnovers. One of the more outlandish proposals came from the Redskins, who are proposing to make a touchbacks at the 20-yard line when the kick goes through the uprights opposed to the normal 25-yard line.

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Roger Goodell weighs in on Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys being found 03.24.17 at 9:59 am ET
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Roger Goodell discussed Tom Brady's jersey being returned to the Patriots. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell discussed Tom Brady’s jersey being returned to the Patriots. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

On Thursday, Tom Brady’s stolen jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI were returned to the Patriots by the FBI after they were discovered in Mexico.

The jerseys were stolen by Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former newspaper executive, as he took the jerseys following both Super Bowls from the Patriots’ locker room.

After an in-depth investigation involving a number of law enforcement agencies, the jerseys were found early this week.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike on Thursday, commissioner Roger Goodell offered his thoughts on the case.

“We did support the federal officials of the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Patriots security team and our security team. They all worked together and worked through what I thought was a very extensive investigation,” said Goodell. “As it turns out it was in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media, so it actually went outside the country here.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation, so I can’t add an awful lot to it or a lot of specifics to it, but we’re happy we were able to retrieve the jerseys, get it back to Tom [Brady] and I think that’s a good outcome here.”

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Roger Goodell: Dean Blandino will have final say with all instant replay decisions 03.23.17 at 10:26 am ET
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Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will make the final call with instant replays this season. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will make the final call with instant replays this season. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The NFL will change the way it reviews plays this season.

Instead of having the referee go off the field and look under the hood at replays, the referee will now get handed a tablet on the field where they can review the play with the assistance of a command center in New York.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Thursday morning, commissioner Roger Goodell said Dean Blandino will ultimately have the final say with all replays.

“We’re going to centralize the replay back here in New York,” Goodell said. “We want the referee’s input. … He can look at the play, be in communication back in our office with Dean Blandino, and Dean Blandino will have the final decision. We think that will move it much quicker.”

Goodell also said referees will be told to announce the replay decision immediately in the stadium, rather than waiting for the end of a commercial break. This will help speed up play.

“We want to get going. We want to be ready to play,” Goodell said.

The decision to have Blandino be in charge of calls may not go over well with everyone around the league, including referees.

In 2015 an anonymous referee told ESPN current on-field referees weren’t too fond of Blandino.

“The animosity is starting, because he’s having to make the tough decisions and he is a company man and he’s not siding with the officials. The officials kind of feel that, ‘Well, you’ve never been on the field,’” the official said. “It’s a tough position. It’s a no-win situation.”

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