Roger Goodell claims he has no regrets about the way Tom Brady has been treated during Deflategate. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
It Is What It Is – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday he had no regrets about the way he acted throughout the Deflategate drama.
Speaking after a meeting of the NFL owners in New York, Goodell said ‘no’ when a reported asked him if he regretted anything about how he or the league acted throughout the process.
He then reminded people that he still believes quarterback Tom Brady should have served a four-game ban.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Tom. I know him personally,” Goodell told reporters. “As I say, I admire him tremendously. He is a future Hall of Fame player.
“But our rules apply to everybody. They apply to every single player. And every single player expects those rules to apply to everybody. Every coach does, every fan does, every partner, every team does.”
Does Roger Goodell even hear himself any more?
I get that he lies. He’s the head of huge corporate entity and makes a pornographic amount of money and will say literally anything to protect his turf. It’s what people in lucrative, positions of power do.
But there’s supposed to be an art to the telling of lies. You craft things in such a way that there could be something plausible in the claptrap you’re passing off as truth. Some shred of half-truth in there to make the lies go down, like when your mom puts your yukky medicine in orange juice so you can swallow it.
The commissioner of the NFL doesn’t even try that. He’s just goes all bold-faced right from the jump. He’s so insulated and mad with power that he thinks he can go all Kim Jong Goodell on us. “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Tom” — he might as well be talking about the 18 holes-in-one he once shot or all the operas he’s written.
I also understand he’s got a state-run media in all these outlets that are so beholden to him financially that they’ll parrot whatever line of B.S. he feeds them and then ask for more. But does he think for one second that any of the rest of us are buying what he’s selling about how this witch hunt was all about making sure the rules apply to everyone? Does he think we don’t know about the Panthers and Aaron Rodgers and the Chargers all doing stuff to doctor the footballs while he gave zero F’s? Or that he still employing all the people who spread the lies? Or how the league completely ignored Ben Roethlisberger using his phone on the sidelines? Or that he himself has been caught lying about Deflategate every time he’s opened his mouth or his laptop?
Again, I don’t mind being lied to by influential people. There’s a little Frank Underwood in every last one of them and I respect the game. I just want Roger Goodell to respect us enough to at least draw the line at claiming he respects Tom Brady.
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