Tag:Roger Goodell
Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:38 pm

Shouldn't Tressel face a suspension as well?

PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (7:37 p.m. ET): CBSSports.com's Clark Judge reports that the league is "looking into" the report that Jim Tressel has been hired by Indianapolis.

"We just became aware of the report," a league spokesman told Judge, "and will look into it to determine the facts."


It was awfully predictable that disgraced Ohio State coach Jim Tressel would land a job in the NFL. Somehow, some way, it seemed obvious to predict that Tressel, through the coaching network, would find something to do (other than count all the money he made at Ohio State before the Buckeyes axed him for looking the other way when his team was violating NCAA rules and then lying about it).

Today, the Colts and coach Jim Caldwell did exactly that, hiring Tressel as a gameday consultant. That means his main job will be to consult on replays, which means the other coaches on the Indianapolis staff won’t have to worry about it as they go about their business.

But there’s also one interesting aspect in all this predictability. What will Roger Goodell think about this? And most importantly, will he slap Tressel with a suspension for his part in the Ohio State controversy that ensnared now-Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor? You’ll recall that Goodell had no problem suspending Pryor for his college transgressions.

In fact, this is what he said when he announced that Pryor was eligible for the supplemental draft but would have to take an immediate five-game vacation.

“Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft,” Goodell said. “Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football.

"Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs."

So, what will Goodell say about Tressel? He can’t, in good conscience, let Tressel work without some kind of punishment, can he?

I don’t know, but I can guarantee you one thing: the players will be paying attention – they certainly were when Goodell was deciding to suspend Ben Roethlisberger – and I’m sure the NFLPA will be doing the same (need proof? This is what NFLA spokesman George Atallah tweeted: "The NFLPA will be watching the Jim Tressell situation with interest.") If Goodell lets Tressel off with no punishment, the outcry will be loud and it will be angry. And rightfully so.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:38 pm

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

Posted by Will Brinson

The Terrelle Pryor suspension -- he received five games at the NFL level for actions he performed while at Ohio State -- is unprecedented in professional sports.

So it's no surprise that plenty of players and agents and lawyers aren't thrilled about the news. Go ahead and count Steelers backup quarterback and NFLPA executive committee member Charlie Batch among the group that's not thrilled about Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pryor.

"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," said Batch, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

It probably isn't "right," in that it's seems random and a touch unfair, but that doesn't really matter.

The NFL had a situation where college athletes were primed to begin utilizing the supplemental draft as a way to escape NCAA punishment, thereby making the NFL look like a safe harbor for wrongdoing at the amateur level.

Though it is convenient that the NCAA serves as a cost-free minor league of sorts for the NFL, that convenience dies out quickly if and when players know that they can laugh off the rules imposed by college athletics and skate to the pros without any punishment.

Hence the suspension for Pryor and what will be an interesting precedent. One that, clearly, won't be well-liked by the players.

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Posted on: August 27, 2011 8:15 pm

Report: NFL also declines to suspend Kenny Britt

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Roger Goodell isn’t going to suspend Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib for his lockout transgressions from the offseason, then it stands to reason Goodell won’t (can’t?) suspend Titans receiver Kenny Britt.

And according to the New York Times’ Judy Battista, that’s exactly what has happened, citing the league in saying that Britt will face no discipline either.

After meeting with Goodell earlier this week, Britt had this to say: “He asked me questions about certain situations and I told him what happened.  I think it went well. I hope so. I have a smile on my face, I am still breathing. So everything is good.

“I'm still hoping nothing happens to me.”

At the time, I thought that analysis was a little ridiculous. Now it appears Britt was spot-on.

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Posted on: August 27, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 7:28 pm

Dominik says Aqib Talib will not be suspended

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there are two things we thought we knew heading into the regular season it was that Cam Newton is going to start Carolina’s season opener and that Titans receiver Kenny Britt and Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended to start the year.

So much for the latter point.

Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik tonight told Buccaneers Radio Network (via the team’s official Twitter feed), that Talib would not be suspended for his alleged off-field incident.

Which, obviously, is great news for Talib, who will face a trial next March for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, and the Buccaneers -- who get to play immediately with one of the top corners in the NFL.

This news is surprising for two reasons: 1) we told you Friday about the report that said team employees expected a four-game suspension for Talib, especially since he’s repeatedly gotten himself in trouble throughout his career; 2) it was thought all along that commissioner Roger Goodell would dole out punishment for NFL players’  transgressions that occurred during the lockout.

Talib, along with Britt, met with Goodell in New York last week, and apparently, that meeting went well. Now, we wait for the decision on Britt. It’ll be extra interesting to see how Goodell deals with Britt because, while he’s had about three times as many arrests this offseason as Talib, his alleged incidents combined don’t equal the seriousness of what Talib is facing.

And what to make of Goodell’s no-suspension call? Could he actually be listening to reason and common sense and NOT punishing players who got in trouble during a time when the owners made sure those players were unemployed this offseason?

It’s still unclear, of course, but the Talib decision sets a very interesting precedent.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 7:36 pm

Irene pushes Jets-Giants game back to Monday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With seemingly everything else in the New York City area set to close this weekend – the subway system, JFK airport, my favorite knish stand – as the region prepares for Hurricane Irene, the Giants have announced that their game against the Jets will be postponed until Monday at 7 p.m.

The game had been scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., but with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting that the federal government declare a state of emergency and President Obama granting his wish, it seemed foolhardy to hold the game in what figures to be nasty -- and potentially dangerous -- weather.

In a statement released by the team, owner John Mara -- who consulted with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Jets owner Woody Johnson and commissioner Roger Goodell -- said the decision to move the game was based on “the safety and well being of all.”

Which, of course, is the most important thing of all.

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Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 10:40 am

Still no agreement on HGH testing

Goodell, SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Lost in all the hubbub of the preseason (We’ve got football back, y’all!) and the back-patting that came out with the emergence of the new CBA was that there were still some unresolved issues that the owners and the newly-reformed players union would have to negotiate and agree upon before everybody could truly move forward.

One of those issues is the introduction of HGH testing.

The NFL has thought along that the testing for human growth hormone was necessary, and Roger Goodell was touting all the way back in March that the owners were “going to ensure it gets done.” The NFLPA, on the other hand, has gone on record as far back as 2006, saying testing for HGH (involving taking blood from players) was too invasive.

On Wednesday, the two sides met with the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal, and as the Washington Post writes, the NFLPA was unsatisfied with how blood testing on players would be conducted. Naturally, no agreement has been reached, and the union still has questions about the reliability of the tests and what kind of rights the players have not to be stuck with needles.

HGH Testing
“We have an obligation as a union to protect the integrity of the game,” said George Atallah, an NFLPA spokesman. “But we are disappointed in the lack of transparency related to the fundamental information required to begin HGH testing … As soon as there is a fair, safe and reliable testing protocol that’s rooted in science” the union will agree to testing.

The “rooted in science” quote is interesting, considering David Howman, the WADA director general, told the Post that “all the scientists in the room” thought the testing process was clear-cut and that the union was taking “a very strange approach” to the issue if the players, in fact, want HGH testing.

As CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman writes today, “For a system to be inserted it had to be done by the season opener. Well, according to one official close to the talks, that seems unlikely. Things could easily change and the two sides still have several weeks to work something out but the union remains unconvinced, I'm told, about the accuracy of the test.”

Do the players even want testing? I’m not sure. The union might talk a good game about having to clean up football and making sure nobody is gaining an unfair advantage by using HGH. But the NFLPA has been very slow to come around on this issue, and you have to wonder what exactly it will take for the union to give its OK to HGH testing.

If the World Anti-Doping Agency can’t convince the NFLPA, what will?

UPDATED (10:33 a.m. ET): To answer that question, perhaps we can glean the answer from this passage in an APstory (emphasis mine).
Among those representing the union were outside counsel Maurice Suh, who represented disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win for doping, and scientists Paul Scott, Tim Roberts and Dennis Crouch of Aegis Lab in Nashville.

The NFLPA had asked WADA for information on how the testing works, the rate of reliability and for data on the safety of the HGH test. The person said none of that information was made available Wednesday.

Another person familiar with the talks, however, said Scott, Roberts and Crouch were given an opportunity to ask questions after getting a summary of data from WADA, but did not.

According to a CBSSports.com source, the NFLPA asked for this information (how the test works and other data points) weeks ago but has yet to receive an answer. That apparently is the big reason why the NFLPA is still hesitant to agree to this kind of testing right now.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:03 pm

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

Posted by Will Brinson

When we last left entertaining and enigmatic Pats wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, he was offering to pay for the likely fine coming Mason Foster's way after Foster kindly put his helmet to Chad's helmet in the field of play and knocked the snot out of ole' 85.

Well, Foster was indeed fined on Wednesday, to the tune of $20,000. That's a chunk of change to anyone, of course, but especially to a rookie. Foster's agent, Steve Caric, said the linebacker planned to appeal the fine. Foster seemed OK with it.

"Just got to pay it and keep on going from there," Foster said, per Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. "Learn from it."

However, Ochocinco's not dropping the issue quite as easily. Despite the league forbidding him to repay Foster's fine, Ochocinco told Roger Goodell (via Twitter, natch) on Wednesday that he was reimbursing Mason anyway.

"@nflcommish Dad no disrespect but I don't agree with @mason_foster fine n I'll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me," Ochocinco tweeted.

It'll be interesting to see whether the league attempts to fine Chad for openly flaunting the rules, or whether Chad makes a big deal out of paying Foster back or whether he just sends Foster 20,000 Xbox points online in order circumvent the law.

Of course, there's always a chance that @nflcommish (aka Roger Goodell) gets a lot of "@ replies" on Twitter and he won't see what Ochocinco said. Except that it was immediately retweeted by James Harrison.

And you know Goodell's watching his feed.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:21 pm

Britt says he'll find out punishment this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was a long, unruly offseason for Kenny Britt -- you know, the arrests, the court appearances and the “Facebook hacking” -- and today, he met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to tell him about his summer-long excellent adventure (or his bogus journey, depending on how you feel about Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter).

Britt's Summer of Discontent
And once he returned to Nashville’s airport, Britt told the Tennessean everything went well.

“He didn’t scold me or anything. He was happy -- not happy that I was in there for those situations -- but he’s a nice type of guy, a very likable guy,’’ Britt said. “We’ll find out sometime later this week what he decides to do.”

Whether you agree with Goodell or think he should let bygones be bygones, it seems pretty likely that Britt will face some kind of suspension for his activities this summer – even though I agree with CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson when he writes that it’s “ludicrous” that Goodell can suspend a player when there was no CBA and when the players were prevented from coming to work by the owners.

But even so, Britt tries to remain positive.

“He asked me questions about certain situations and I told him what happened,’’ Britt told the newspaper. “I think it went well. I hope so. I have a smile on my face, I am still breathing. So everything is good.

“I'm still hoping nothing happens to me.”

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