With one simple open letter to the entire National Football League, Roger Goodell has put an end to the rumors that he’s a spineless weasel… by, uh, all but confirming them.
ESPN obtained following letter that Roger Goodell sent to NFL teams within past 30 minutes: To: Chief Executives/ Club…
Say what you will about the commish, but it takes a lot of courage to come out as a gigantic coward in 2017. Seriously, check out a few excerpts from his letter and tell me he’s not a gutless worm:
The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
Ah, yes, the unifying power of the sport that is also the leading cause of parking lot fights nationwide.
I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities.
Owners like Jerry Jones!
We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.
Counterpoint: no, you don’t.
The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
Hey, NFL players, stop trying to have conversations about underlying issues – we’re trying to have conversations about underlying issues over here!
Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting.
Here’s my in-depth prediction about Goodell’s plan: it will be bad.
Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country.
Also, please don’t sit down during a song or we’ll fine or suspend you.
The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.
Oh, and one last totally unrelated thing: that whole CTE issue is totally overblown.