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November 17th, 2017
The ongoing feud between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is threatening the very union of owners and league offices, according to a report by ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham.
Titled, “Roger Goodell has a Jerry Jones problem and nobody knows how it will end,” Van Natta and Wickersham take us behind the scenes of the issue that allegedly has the NFL on the brink of “all-out civil war” between owners and league executives.
The problems began on the day Goodell called Jones on August 9 to let him know that a decision had been made in the case of Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott and allegations that he had been abusive toward a former girlfriend. The league had been investigating for months. Goodell and a panel of advisors decided to give Elliott a six-game suspension, the punishment the NFL had settled on months earlier, after the Ray Rice debacle, for players involved in domestic violence incidents.
It’s protocol that owners get a heads-up 48 hours before a formal announcement is made, and the call to Jones did not go well.
“The line went quiet. Seconds passed. Goodell’s decision was an unconscionable violation of trust, Jones later told associates, because he believed that the commissioner had assured him this past spring that there would be no suspension. Jones saw in Elliott a genuine opportunity, a player so good that he had made Jones believe that this year he just might win a Super Bowl for the first time since 1996. His anger was palpable. Finally, according to sources with direct knowledge of the call, Jones broke the silence. He aimed his words not only at Goodell’s decision but also at his role as judge, jury and executioner in the case.
“‘I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,’ Jones said. Then he mentioned Deflategate. ‘If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.’”
Having seen the feud catch fire like a pyromaniac with a box of matches and a gallon of gas, the entire world can see Jerry Jones wasn’t kidding. One has to wonder what he’s doing behind the scenes that we’ll never know about.
Other details revealed in the story:
Just days before the call to Jones about Elliott’s suspension, Goodell and Jones embraced at Jones’ over-the-top Hall of Fame induction celebration in Canton, Ohio.
Goodell knew at the time Elliott would be suspended, but wasn’t man enough to tell Jones;
Sometime before Jones was part of the ownership group that got Goodell elevated to commissioner in August 2006, Goodell
As Goodell’s contract extension drags on (his current deal isn’t set to expire until 2019), he’s been reported as being “furious” and “emboldened” that owners would ask him to take a pay cut, given that league profits have soared in his decade as commissioner and Goodell has taken many bullets for the owners;
At the time, there is no chosen successor to Goodell in place, at least some owners have considered who would replace the 58-year old. There has been consideration given to having former commish Paul Tagliabue return on an interim basis, until a proper replacement is found;
Van Natta and Wickersham sources say Jones has vowed to make Goodell’s life miserable, and that Jones’ interference in Goodell’s contract extension is entirely about power and control, not money.
As usual, it’s compelling work from Van Natta and Wickersham, and worth reading in its entirety when you have a few minutes.
A long-time NFL fan sent us his two cents worth on the NFL debacle, and offered up his idea on how to deal with the situation. See below.
I was an NFL fan for 40 years. I suffered with the Seattle Seahawks from their infancy as a team, watching Jim Zorn throw to Steve Largent when they were the only quality players on the entire team. I watched Curt Warner see his promising career end before the first whistle of the season ever blew when his knee was horribly hyperextended while returning the opening kickoff of the 1984 season. I watched them plod along in mediocrity for a long time, always falling short of their potential. I was elated when they made the Superbowl for the first time, and felt crushed when the Pittsburg Steelers won the championship. I was thrilled as I ever had been when they finally won a Super Bowl, led by the bone-crushing Legion of Boom.
But these protests have brought those decades of being a die-hard fan to a screeching halt.
The NFL needs to do something to fix themselves, and I’ll detail all of that shortly.
But let’s go over some of the reasons why the protests during the anthem ended up backfiring on the NFL.
Let’s face it, the NFL really kicked their own asses by allowing Kaeperdick and his mindless, racist minions to troll the NFL with their ridiculous protests.
Let’s face it, no protest happens without a demand, or a goal that is wanted as a result. You, as many others do, probably wonder what the NFL player ingrates wanted out of their league-wide publicity stunt as they disgraced America, the flag, and the National Anthem.
In short, they wanted nothing less than for black criminals across America to not be held accountable to the law. Or at least, not AS accountable as everyone else. Call it a form of Criminal Affirmative Action where the bar is lowered for people who won’t clean up their own house and deal with the fact that black America is responsible for the majority of violent crimes in America.
If that upsets you, don’t be mad at me, because there’s no need to kill the messenger.
Fact are facts, whether you like them or not. Just because you refuse to believe the truth, does not change it from being the truth.
The facts are, black Americans, particularly male black Americans, despite being only 13% of the population, are responsible for over half the violent crime in America. That’s not racist, that’s reality. No white person forced anyone to be violent, no white person made them kill anyone, and no white person had anything to do with black Americans killing each other faster than casualties mount in war-torn Afghanistan. It’s just the state of affairs in America.
The fact of the matter is, all of the problems in black American can be solved by black America as a whole looking in the mirror and admitting that they have been their own worst enemy for decades, then doing something about it.
A good start would be to understand that everything Democrats have fed the black community over the last 60 years is a series of lies intended to create a victim mentality, and an underclass dependent on the government for their well-being.
And please, stop whining about the myth of “systemic racism”. It doesn’t exist, unless you count Affirmative Action, and countless black-only organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus.
Again, don’t kill the messenger. The truth is a hard pill to swallow when your everything you know turns out to be a lie.
If you’ve gotten this far, you might be wondering also why so many Americans simply tuned the supposed purpose of the protests out, and saw it for what it is. Another round of whining by people who caused their own problems. Over and over, and over and over and over and over and over and over, black Americans have whined about their plight in life, and blamed it on anyone but themselves, but particularly white Americans.
The fact of the matter is, people get sick and tired of being accused of being the cause of someone else’ problems, especially when they had nothing to do with it. It creates a feeling of resentment, and it creates a closed mind.
When you’re accused and demonized countless times, it’s a natural reaction. That, combined with crime statistics that prove the protests invalid, is why the majority of Americans aren’t buying it.
If you need a simple explanation, may I recommend you spend a few minutes and read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. (see below)
I believe you’ll get the point.
After the story, I’ll detail what the NFL needs to do in order to have any shot at redeeming themselves in the eyes of the public.
So, what does the NFL need to do to redeem themselves?
This is the short list, and I’m certain you’ll think of other things that could be added to the list, but this is what I believe are the basics they need to do in order to regain fan trust and loyalty.
1: Fire Roger Goodell immediately. Fans hate him, and they hate what he’s done to the NFL. He’s turned a rough and tumble sport that reveled in its necessary violence into a politically-correct, pansy shadow of its former self. Goodell has to go, and the sooner the better. Someone like Mike Ditka would be much better, but whomever it may be is going to have to be a hard-nosed son of a bitch that won’t bend to snowflake’s demands.
2: The new NFL Commissioner needs to issue a sincere apology to the fans for the protests. That is a must. We the fans deserve it for being abused by the league with this protest nonsense. We are the customer, and the customer is always right.
3: All players will stand for the national anthem, and any non-football related behavior on the field can result in banishment from the league.
4: Institute a zero-tolerance policy for felonious criminal behavior by players. Literally ZERO tolerance. Get a felony, kiss your career goodbye upon conviction.
Here’s how that could work. Any player currently in the league, just to be fair, can be grandfathered in until their contract is up. Upon completion of the contract, they are banned from playing in the league. Put clauses in the rules, and in player contracts that are very clear. ANY felonious criminal behavior, or actions that are detrimental to the league will result in voluntary termination of the player’s contract and banishment for life from the league. Any guaranteed money will be pro-rated to the point of when the felony was committed.
I believe that if these policies are strictly enforced, the NFL stands a reasonable chance, with time, to regain their fan base, and as an added bonus, no one will be calling the league the National Felons League.
Everyone wins. Fans get to watch the game they love, players are held accountable, and America doesn’t get disrespected.
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