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Steelers LB James Harrison: Roger Goodell a ‘crook’ 08.19.16 at 10:29 am ET
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James Harrison is no fan of Roger Goodell.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

James Harrison is no fan of Roger Goodell. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

James Harrison really doesn’t care much for Roger Goodell.

The Steelers linebacker told reporters Thursday he’s agreed to meet with Goodell to discuss the PED accusations made against him in the Al-Jazeera report, but said that he’d welcome the chance for the interview to be filmed live because he has nothing to hide.

Harrison initially resisted the idea of submitting to an interview with the commissioner, but has since agreed to meet with investigators at the end of the month. Goodell had threatened to suspend the players named in the report, a group that includes Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, under the umbrella of “conduct detrimental” if they did not speak with him about the story.

“If it goes to conduct detrimental, it leans to the hands of that crook — I mean Roger Goodell — and he can do whatever he wants,” Harrison said. “That’s just the collective bargaining agreement that the players signed.

“Whatever evidence they might have or reasoning for questioning for me is out of my control, I don’t know,” Harrison added. “I wouldn’t have a problem with it being filmed live. I’ve been prosecuted and persecuted publicly in the media by them for something I didn’t do, so I don’t see why we couldn’t have the media there and do a live interview. They can ask the questions and I can answer them, and you all can see whatever evidence it is they say they got.”

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Roger Goodell cautioned not to destroy his cell phone in wake of botched Hall of Fame Game 08.18.16 at 3:52 pm ET
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Roger Goodell has been warned about his cell phone. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell has been warned about his cell phone. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

This year’s botched Hall of Fame game could have some interesting ramifications for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti has apparently taken on a suit on behalf of all customers who attended the cancelled game. Avenatti has made a settlement offer for fans who are attempting to get their money back after the game was called off. However, the offer was apparently rejected out of hand by the league.

As a result, Avenatti will continue with his litigation against Goodell and the league. According to Pro Football Talk, he has sent a letter to the commissioner and Hall of Fame president David Baker advising them to preserve “electronically stored information and other evidence in your possession, custody or control as well as in the possession, custody or control of the NFL and/or the Hall of Fame,” including their “personal cell phones.”

In the letter, Avenatti also adds that he believes there is “considerable reason to believe that there are incriminating text messages relating to the cancellation of the game, which show that fans were purposely not told of the cancellation in a timely manner.”

That’s right. Someone is cautioning Goodell not to destroy his cell phone.

No word from Tom Brady as to his thoughts on the matter.

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Roger Goodell on Tom Brady dropping Deflategate appeal: ‘We’ve moved on’ 07.19.16 at 8:45 am ET
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Roger Goodell offered his first public comments in the wake of Tom Brady’s announcement late last week to drop his Deflategate appeal and take the four-game suspension.

Speaking with Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post on Monday night at the premiere of a documentary on ALS-stricken former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, the commissioner said he and the league have put the whole affair behind them.

“We moved on from that as a league quite a long time ago,” Goodell told the Post.

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Report: Roger Goodell made $32 million in 2015 06.30.16 at 6:39 pm ET
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The National Football League paid Roger Goodell $32 million in 2015, according to Sports Business Journal, which cited a tax filing made by the NFL.

For what it’s worth, that would mark the fourth consecutive year that Goodell’s annual compensation has declined. Reports indicate that he made $34.1 million in 2014 and $44 million in 2013. All told, Goodell has apparently cleared somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million as commissioner since he took the job in 2005.

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Ben Affleck goes all in on Roger Goodell, NFL in expletive-laced Deflategate rant on new Bill Simmons show 06.22.16 at 11:48 pm ET
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During the premiere of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” this week, Ben Affleck went on a lengthy, expletive-filled rant about Deflategate, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Check out the video below. (Warning: NSFW)

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Roger Goodell pokes fun at own death with tweet 06.07.16 at 5:24 pm ET
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Earlier on Tuesday, the NFL’s official Twitter account was hacked and posted a series of tweets saying commissioner Roger Goodell had died.

It didn’t take long for the NFL to clarify the account was indeed hacked and later reported the league is investigating the matter with law enforcement being involved.

Goodell himself later took to Twitter to joke about the matter, posting a picture of himself with the caption: Man, you leave the office for 1 day of golf w/ @JimKelly1212 & your own network kills you off. #harsh

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DeMaurice Smith: Roger Goodell failed to be fair arbitrator in Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal 06.06.16 at 1:24 pm ET
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NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith isn't a fan of Roger Goodell when it comes to Deflategate. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith isn’t a fan of Roger Goodell when it comes to Deflategate. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said that while Roger Goodell had the the authority to sit as an arbitrator in Tom Brady’s case, the commissioner failed to live up to his obligation to be fair when it came to hearing Brady’s appeal.

“The critical issue here is that Roger can act as a disciplinarian, but once he chose to act as the arbitrator, you have to take the disciplinarian hat off and put the judge hat on,” Smith said in an interview published recently with Law360. “The core fundamental part of being a judge is that you can’t make it up as you go along.

“The fact is that the commissioner chose to be the arbitrator in this case. I think that is something that has been a little bit lost in the conversation,” Smith added. “As such, when he chose to be the hearing officer or the arbitrator, we argue that he also cloaked himself in the obligation to be fair.”

Smith said that this case has gone beyond the air in footballs. Now, it’s about fair labor practices involving arbitrators.

“At the end of the day, I’m not sure we are talking about a four-game suspension anymore,” Smith said. “I read the brief that was filed by the AFL-CIO and, as a trial litigator myself, that ruling that came out of the Second Circuit raises significant issues with respect to an arbitration process that thousands of businesses use not only here but internationally.

“The Second Circuit seemed to imply that it was OK for an arbitrator to act in an arbitrary way,” he added. “I think you have seen an outpouring of concern by lawyers and by others because it potentially undermines the fundamental understanding that every party expects an arbitrator to be fair.”

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