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Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 5:17 pm
 
No exceptions: players can't use cell phones on the sideline during games. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night to talk about the usual fare -- player safety, expansion and the like -- in addition to several issues worth mentioning here.

Van Susteren asked Goodell about the league's decision to fine Steelers safety Troy Polamalu for using a cell phone on the sidelines during a game (that's illegal), even though the call was to Polamalu's wife to let her know he was fine after suffering concussion-like symptoms.

Several days after it happened, head coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu shouldn't be fined.

"[Troy] had a history of concussion-like symptoms and so forth in the past. [His wife] was concerned. In this era of player safety, you would think that common sense would prevail in regards to some of those things. It wasn't a personal call. He wasn't checking on his bank account. He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine, and that was it."

Common sense lost out to the unbending interpretation of the rules: Polamalu owes the NFL $10,000.

"Well, I think it's always a problem trying to have a rule that applies to everybody," Goodell began (you can view the interview here). "Troy's a wonderful young man and there was concern about his health and there are ways of us getting word to families when there is an injury, and to make sure they understand that the player is okay. But we also don't want to have all our players using phones on the sidelines for texting."

Goodell did concede that "When someone's injured and you're family, you want to speak to the individual. And you want to hear their voice. You want to make sure they're okay. And that's something that probably could've happened by taking him off the field and allowing him access to be able to call his wife."

The lesson? The rules apply to everyone … except, you know, when they don't.

Van Susteren, a long-time Packers shareholder, also asked the commissioner about whether the organization would sell more shares.

"I think so," Goodell said. "As you well know as a season ticket holder and an owner, they are trying to expand the stadium. They will add probably six or seven thousand more seats for fans, which I think there's a great demand for that. And as part of that, we will likely approve another issuing of the stock so you'll have a chance to buy some more."

Van Susteren warned that Goodell shouldn't get any ideas about putting a dome on Lambeau Field. "We take great pride in suffering through that snow and cold," she said.

"You're not going to hear that suggestion from me," the commissioner responded. "I also love to see football played in the elements. That's what the game's all about … and I think the experience of going up there in Lambeau in the elements is a great thing in football."


The New England Patriots will travel to Heinz Field to square off against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan to preview this intense showdown. Watch the game on CBS at 4:15 PM ET.

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Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:14 pm
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Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:03 am
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

This fine is pathetic.  Goodell is a hump.  I love the NFL and it seems like he is trying to do everything in his power to make me hate it.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:58 am
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

Article:  ... even though the call was to Polamalu's wife to let her know he was fine after suffering concussion-like symptoms.

It doesn't matter.  The rule is in place to ensure that players aren't tipping off others about what's happening on the field (gambling, who's injured/out, who's playing, etc.).  They can't make an exception for an injury call to a family member because who's going to monitor what calls were made?  Get the player off the field and make a call.  Simple.




Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:59 am
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

The biggest problem with Mr. Goodell is his lack of consistency. If he wants to be a "Letter of the Law" kind of guy, that's fine. Then address every infraction and don't let some slide, (Harbaugh and Schartz almost starting a melee anyone?), other use some common sense. That what people see is lacking, common sense on Goodells part.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:47 am
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

the dumbing down of our society - phone calls can be fined up to $10,000.  <br />when the punishment is nothing more than money, it's the politicians who are ultimately to blame.  you can break these rules as long as you can afford them?  this is stupid.  anybody who agrees with this fine is an absolute moron. 




Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

RIGHT ON!!!



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

"CASINO,S CAN PULL BETS BECAUSE OF THAT PHONE CALL"?   HELLO, THE CALL WAS DURING THE GAME SO ALL BETS WERE DOWN AND FINAL.  AND YOUR REPUTATION IS "ALL STAR"?  OH YEAH, TROY IS GOING TO CALL OVER A CAMERMAN AND SAY" HEY BABY I AM JUST FINE"  HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT THAN A PHONE CALL AS FAR AS THE CASINO'S ARE CONCERNED.  "CALL THE FAMILY AFTER THE GAME?"  SURE, JUST LIKE YOU WOULD WANT A COP TO CALL YOUR FAMILY THE NEXT DAY AFTER YOU WERE INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT.   TROY DOES HAVE 10K, BUT GOODELL IS A TOTAL JERK FOR IGNORING THE FEELINGS OF TROY AND HIS FAMILY.  GOODELL NEVER PLAYED THE GAME AND GOT WHERE HE IS BECAUSE OF CONTACTS.  I SUGGEST THAT THIS SITE RECLASSIFY YOU AS A "BEGINNER" WHO TALKS BEFORE HE THINKS!




Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

everyone including troy and tomlin know the rules about cell phones, tweeting, etc before, during and after the game.  he chose to make a $10K phone call.  simple.  now these fines for hard, but perfectly legal hits are a whole other story. it's driving me crazy to see guys like baltimore's pollard taking penalties for that crap.  i sure hope he wasn't fined cause the penalty was bogus.



Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

I don't get what the big deal is about using a cell phone on the sidelines to begin with, it's not like your driving on the interstate going 60+ MPH! Goodell just likes to pry as much money out of everyone as he can, that's the bottom line. I keep hearing people complain that these guys make enough money as it is, but that is the management fault for not sticking it to them and paying them less. It's their earnings, and there shouldn't be 5-10 Fines a week. Especially for miniscule things like this.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Goodell explains Polamalu fine for cell call

I like Troy, I hope he and his family are healthy and happy; having said that, Goodell is right. Casinos can pull bets because of that phone call. There is alot of money involved in sports betting and no casino wants to pay out, so anything that can be viewed as a "Fixed Game" needs to be avoided by the NFL. That goes both ways, people aren't going to bet football if casinos could call key players on the sideline and tell them not to win by 5. There are plenty reporters on the sidelines, cameras, team phones, and on top of that he is Troy Polamalu. So I am sure Troy can get on camera and say "Hey baby I am just fine." it is very simple, leave the phone in your locker don't tweet or check facebook on gameday, and call family after the game. It is stupid, but necessary.

Like Troy doesn't have 10k



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