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Roger Goodell letter

Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 2:20 pm
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently wrote to the Congressional Black Caucus. Here is the letter in its entirety and presented without comment. Retired NFL player Jeff Nixon received a copy of the letter and sent it to CBSSports.com.





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Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2011 10:48 am
 

Roger Goodell letter

Any one expecting pity out of me for either side has lost their mind.  As for all the racial statements, unfortunately it's all just the reaction to the clever way Freeman threw this letter out with no comment.  Brilliant.  Unfortunately, a great percentag of you are waiting on him to give his (your) opinion.  Hope he hurries, because a lot of you just won't know what to think without being told.  And oh yeah... that goes for the white idiots AND the black idiots.  Hope
you enjoy the Koolaid.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2011 8:13 am
 

Roger Goodell letter

Come on, people...and I mean "all" of "us" people, not "you" people...that has somehow become "racist"... and I really don't understand why. Because "we" are all people ( homosapiens ) and all belong to the same species ( human beings ). Just take a minute to think about what Goodell's letter was all about. He was asking for the players to give a small amount of their hard earned money ( along with what the team owners pay ) to take care of their retired bretheren. They collectively said "NO!" What a perfect world it would be if all of "us" didn't have to pay taxes to take care of our retired brothers and the companies/bosses that we work for would have to foot the bill. Just take a minute and look at your pay check stub and see how much we give to F.I.C.A. Wouldn't it be great for all of us to be able to keep that money and have our companies pay it for us instead? I understand that most NFL players pay alot more in taxes than the "average Joe," but alot of them make 100X the money that most of us will in a lifetime. Most of them have their accountants write off bogus failed investments and they recoup most of that money. And they only have to work 10 to 15 years at most to do it. They "choose" to put themselves in harms way by playing in the NFL and get very well rewarded for it. Most of "us" would do the same thing at a fraction of the cost. Imagine if you could go to your boss ( or have someone represent you ) and tell them that I have more than outproduced my output for the money that I am getting paid..and demand my income to be quadrupled...I think that they would laugh so hard that they would forget to fire you for a few minutes.  Maybe, if they bought one less pair of 10 carat diamond earrings or one less Bentley or Rolls-Royce during their careers they would understand it to be justified to contribute something to the retired players fund... because one day, they will reap the benefits of it for themselves. And remember, at anytime they can walk away...just like we can for whatever reason. Barry Sanders did it and so did Robert Smith and Tiki Barber. I am sure that alot of "average" americans did the same. None of us are slaves, remember, we all have a choice!!!



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2011 1:04 am
 

Roger Goodell letter

Yeah D then ax, you are right then after that you like to eat them!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Roger Goodell letter

so where is the letter to the white congressional caucus? racism sure has a funny way of making whitey look bad.
C'mon , the Congress is like 90% white.

Personally, I think those who link themsleves by race, insulate themselves and segregate themselves from the ppl they are suppose to be representing.

They can separate themselves by party and ideology(liberal, moderate, conservative). However, when it's by race, gender or ethnicity, I personaly find that distasteful and quite frankly pathetic.




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Roger Goodell letter

black caucus, blacks like coc in their a$$  who knew....must be where the AIDS comes from.
 This is even more ignorant than the guy who called the NFL system a plantation system. In fact, I can't believe this hasn't been deleted yet.





Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Roger Goodell letter

the black caucus isn't going to listen to goodell and all the other white billionaires that own teams.  the owners need to start paying the players a lot more money.  Most of the leage is African American and are tired of being told what to do by the white owners and GMs in the plantation system. 

Wow, straight from the William Rhoden school of race baiting and ignorance. 



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Roger Goodell letter

This is pandering by Goodell. I find it offensive that they feel they even need to reach out to a group like this. They're a group of politicians who aren't united by idealogy or party affiliation, but simply the color of their skin. To me this is anathema to what this country should be about or what Martin Luther King stood for.

Goodell should just work behind the scenes. He's looking almost as bad as the palyers who look dumber and dumber whenever they speak. These two sides are trying to win public opinion. Guess what? The public doesn't give a crud about either side.

Most fans see both as greedy and stubborn. They view the players as spoiled, enabled brats. They view the owners as multi-millionaires/billionaires who want to bilk every cent from them in any way. So please stop the spinning and pandering.

Fans just want both to stop talking, suing, decertifying, locking out and get together and compromise. We don't want to hear anything about benefits, TV revenue or salary caps. Work the financial aspects out behind close doors. We want to watch the game. If you take it away, then it's on your heads and will effect your wallets when fans turn away at least initially. How long did it take MLB to get back it's fan base? Or have they really even got them totally back?

I'm tired of the players. I'm tired of Goodell. Just shut up and negotiate. When you get an agreement, then and only then speak. Silence is Golden. Let us enjoy the silence.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Roger Goodell letter

black caucus, blacks like coc in their a$$  who knew..
Your command of the English language is exquisite.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 8:23 am
 

Roger Goodell letter

The problem with all of this is the NFL can't run there business like the congress runs the country. NFL owners and manegement cant give the players and congress every thing they want and run up a 12 trillion dollar debt in the process. I know congress has a sweetheart pension and healthcare deal which i believe is for life but the rest of the real world does not allways work like that. There is usually a longer vesting process to get such compensation. Both the owners and the current players are going to have to pay into this fund to make it work.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 2:50 am
 

Roger Goodell letter

What happened- is this because the NFL was revealed it forces its players to pick cotton during the offseason?  Won't someone please free Adrian Peterson from his life of $11 million / yr slavery ?!?


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