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hawaiiansteel
08-03-2011, 11:47 PM
Goodell: Steelers LB Harrison won't be punished for comments

NFL.com Wire Reports
Published: Aug. 3, 2011


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Network on Wednesday that he doesn't plan to punish James Harrison for derogatory comments the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker leveled at him in a recent magazine interview.

But the final decision on any action taken against Harrison might not be Goodell's to make. Among the issues still being negotiated by the NFL and its players Wednesday was the power Goodell holds over player discipline and the appeals process. Currently, the commissioner has final say on the length and severity of all fines and suspensions levied under the league's personal-conduct policy.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark, Harrison's teammate, told The Associated Press that he believes Goodell is too involved in the process.

"How often did you hear (former commissioner) Paul Tagliabue's name throughout the season?" Clark said. "I think (Goodell has) decided to make himself a major part of this game. I don't know if he had some type of high school dreams or Pop Warner dreams of being an NFL football player, but he's made himself the NFL. He is the most popular -- or infamous -- commissioner in sports right now, you know? Maybe that's what he wanted to be. We know he doesn't work for us, he doesn't work with us."

Clark added that Steelers players likely will not vote to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement unless Goodell's power is limited when it comes to fines or suspensions.

"He wants to do it his way -- the same way that he has taken over most of this game," Clark said of Goodell.

Clark took issue when asked if he had spoken to Steelers president Art Rooney II about lobbying Goodell on the players' behalf.

"I'm talking about the commissioner -- not my owner," Clark said. "Our owner is a good owner."

The line of questioning ultimately led to Clark becoming agitated with the reporter who asked it, a Pittsburgh radio talk-show host. The two exchanged words and stood chest-to-chest before team personnel and players broke it up.

The Steelers have been one of the most-fined teams in the league, particularly Harrison, who accrued $100,000 in fines last season. Steelers players have been vocal about what they perceive as unfair treatment by the NFL.

"We feel like someone else should be on there; there should be some ... type of way -- actually someone who's not on the NFL payroll," Clark said. "A big issue, for us, especially, as a team, is Roger Goodell ... being judge, jury and appeals system."

Goodell doesn't see it that way.

"We have a personal-conduct policy that's developed with the players that's part of our negotiations. It's important to the players in the league as well as the clubs," Goodell told NFL Network's Scott Hanson during a stop at Carolina Panthers training camp. "I think it's one of the reasons why we continue to have the reputation that we have, which we're going to conduct ourselves the right way and reflect well on what we do and the people who play this game and the fans who deserve that respect. So we're going to continue to make sure we do things the right way on and off the field."

Goodell took questions from fans for about 45 minutes, ranging from whether or not the new rules on safety make the game too soft. One fan asked if Goodell was open to surrendering his disciplinary power to a committee, as Clark and some other players have suggested.

"I'm not going to hand off the brand the reputation of the NFL to somebody who is not associated with the NFL," Goodell said. "I promise you that."

As for the ongoing CBA negotiations, Goodell said he doesn't see any reason for fans to worry.

"They don't need to be concerned about it," he said. "We'll get it done."

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Chadman
08-04-2011, 12:21 AM
Unlike many, I'm not completely against Goodell. I think some of his ideas hold merit to be honest- but he might need a deputy, or even a board, to stop him from going too far as some of his ideas obviously do.

Player safety is never a bad thing- just needs to be done so that it doesn't change the nature of the game.

I'll be honest- I think the Steelers might want to think long & hard before they do something stupid like not signing the agreement due to Goodell's safety views.

hawaiiansteel
08-04-2011, 02:35 AM
Unlike many, I'm not completely against Goodell. I think some of his ideas hold merit to be honest- but he might need a deputy, or even a board, to stop him from going too far as some of his ideas obviously do.

Player safety is never a bad thing- just needs to be done so that it doesn't change the nature of the game.

I'll be honest- I think the Steelers might want to think long & hard before they do something stupid like not signing the agreement due to Goodell's safety views.

I think it's more Goodell's insistence on being judge and jury regarding the personal conduct policy that bothers the Steelers' players:


Goodell talks about his unwillingness to give up control over conduct policy

Posted by Mike Florio on August 3, 2011

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In an item posted earlier today, we explained that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s refusal to allow an outside entity to review the discipline imposed by him under the personal conduct policy had become the biggest remaining issue in the nearly-completed CBA talks.

Appearing at Panthers camp, Goodell talked about the stranglehold he plans to maintain over the policy.

Asked whether he’d be willing to permit some external body review his decisions, Goodell said (per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com), “The answer to that is no, I’m not going to be open to that. I’m not going to hand off the brand and the reputation of the NFL to somebody who is not associated with the NFL. I promise you that. That is one of the number one jobs as a commissioner in my opinion.”

Goodell then explained that his viewpoint isn’t necessarily popular with the teams that employ him.

“Mr. Richardson doesn’t like this because he’s my boss, one of 32, but I have disciplinary power over them and have had the unfortunate experience of fining him too, by the way,” Goodell said.

Reed reports that Richardson then held up two fingers and said, “Yes, twice.”

The players don’t seem to be as charitable, and if someone doesn’t blink it’ll be even longer until new players can get on the field.

For now, it’s unlikely that Goodell will be the one blinking.

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