Saints' Drew Brees on Roger Goodell: 'Nobody trusts him'
By Nate Davis
, USA TODAY
Updated 15h 53m ago
If Drew Brees
wasn't an NFL star, he might be getting recruited by the Obama
campaigns. After all, the New Orleans Saints icon knows how to craft a sound bite about an opponent.
By Derick E. Hingle, US Presswire
The star quarterback fired his team's latest shot of the Bountygate brouhaha at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
during an interview with Sports Illustrated
's Peter King
"Nobody trusts him," Brees said of the commish, who's suspended Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma
for the 2012 season (three other players received less severe penalties) for their alleged roles in the team's pay-for-performance incentive program.
"I'm not talking about a DUI, or using a gun in a strip club, which are pretty clear violations. I think there're too many times where the league has come to its decision in a case before calling a guy in, and the interview is just a facade. I think now if a guy has to come in to talk to Roger, he'll be very hesitant because he'll think the conclusion has already been reached.''
Brees, who's filed an affidavit on behalf of Vilma as the linebacker continues to lobby a federal court to overturn his suspension, is hoping to fall back on Payton's approach and philosophies as the team prepares to play without him and interim coach Joe Vitt
, whose six-game suspension takes effect prior to Week 1.
"We're very familiar with coach Vitt, very comfortable, and then he's gone for the first six weeks. You take the two strongest presences in the building and remove them, and it's like taking the president and vice president away from government. You had better have a pretty strong Congress, then," rationalized Brees.
"Our mentality is this: Move on. Find a way. We will. The teachings from your parents never leave you, and eventually you're going to leave them, but you're going to carry those teachings with you.''
See photos of: NFL
, New Orleans Saints
, Roger Goodell
, Drew Brees
, Sports Illustrated