|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.
|Steelers LB James Harrison: Roger Goodell a ‘crook’||08.19.16 at 10:29 am ET|
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|
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|
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|
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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