Unprofessional. Also, OUCH.

Front of Sports Illustrated’s site:

The context of that quote? Not good either:

“The one thing I take a little bit of issue with is when guys tell me they’re being screwed,” Goodell said. “[Most often] they’re not recognizing they have a role in it.” Regarding Roethlisberger, Goodell said when he was investigating what to do with the quarterback, he talked to “I bet two dozen [Steeler] players … Not one, not a single player, went to his defense. It wasn’t personal in a sense, but all kinds of stories like, ‘He won’t sign my jersey.’ ”

My issue isn’t whether or not this is true. I’m 99% sure it’s true. Even if thirty Steelers players go to media day tomorrow and claim it isn’t true, let’s be real — There’s no reason for Goodell to lie about this, but the team has lots of reasons to lie about it, especially leading up to the biggest game of the season when team cohesion is vital.

Benny is/was a well-documented jerk, and I’m not surprised his team was fed up with his shenanigans at the time the suspension was being handed down.

My issue is that the whole quote, the timing of it, the fact that he dared to say it on the record?  Reeks of douchebaggery and asshattery and flat out giant-assholeism.

To talk to the media about what went down behind closed doors before Benny’s suspension, to basically say on the record, “Hey, I hate him. Everyone hated him. His teammates hated him. Emphatically,” is a low-blow and is not going to foster honesty and openness the next time he meets with NFL players who might wonder if what they say will eventually be blabbed to the media by the loose lips of Roger Goodell.

Compare it to a CEO taking a moment at the next company retreat dinner in a crowded hotel ballroom to stand up at the microphone and say, “I tell ya, I had to reprimand Bob Ray Brown last month — wait, where’s Bob? Is Bob in the crowd? There he is. Stand up, Bob. There he is. Have a seat, Bob. As I was saying, I had to reprimand Bob for really really truly awful and dismal performance last month, and I tell ya, I talked to about a dozen of his employees and they were like, “Could this dude BE any suckier?’  I don’t have any reason for sharing that with you other than the fact that I crave attention and I feel that I’m all-powerful and everyone should bow down to me and fear me and really just come to understand that my word is law and I face no consequences for anything I do or say, ever, and anyway, Bob and his crew that hates him is over there at table 12 if you’d like to go say hello at the conclusion of the event. I won’t. I hate Bob. I have no connection to Bob. Ha. Ha. Ha-ha. Moving on, next up we’ll be having team-building exercises … ”

So unprofessional.

I hope Dan Rooney farts in Roger Goodell’s general direction for this one.


  1. BeauJacques
    February 1, 2011 3:35 pm


    Certainly you can grasp the concept of the dangers of unrestricted power i.e. Hitler vs Goodell?

    Certainly you can read this:

    1. A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

    Demagoguery is not the same as genocide. Genocide is an extreme that some have taken it to.

    Hitler was a demagogue.
    Goodell IS a demogogue.

    Demagogues are BAD! Genocide or not!

    That is my point, and it is COMPLETELY on topic!!

    Please refrain from your personal attacks on me and go private chat w/empire and the other haters.

  2. Kim
    February 1, 2011 3:51 pm

    Did anyone ever think that perhaps Roger Goodell is trying to take the cross off of his shoulders is possibly because Ben’s Attorney/Agent is putting heat on Roger for suspending Ben period. I do agree it was unprofessional for Roger Goodell to say this but we also really don’t know exactly what the context was and perhaps he did not know he was going to be repeated. I do feel that Roger owes Ben and the Steelers Organization an apology for his unprofessional comments regarding Ben whether they be True or False, but I’ll bet none of us know the entire story yet.

  3. Sarah
    February 1, 2011 4:01 pm

    For what it is worth, if you have watched NFL’s coverage of Media Day, you saw Peter King and Ben have a very lengthy conversation after Ben left the podium (right before the team took the picture, making him the last to arrive for the picture).

    Glad Peter talked to Ben and glad Ben was able to answer the questions.

    If you get the chance to watch his full interview today, please do so. He cried when talking about Coach Hep, gave an autograph to a kid despite being told not to, and talked about how he wanted to go to his sister’s game in Norman on Saturday.

  4. John
    February 1, 2011 4:49 pm

    I agree with this post except for the notion that Goodell has no reason to lie. In fact, he has more reason to lie than the Steelers’ players, since Goodell knows his decision to suspend Ben for 6 games when no charges were ever filed will be under intense scrutiny this week. So he got together with his lackey Peter King, who took time out from sucking off Robert Kraft, in an attempt to justify his decision. Egomaniacal Goodell has gone off the reservation. He needs to be fired.