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Roger Goodell Should Resign

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NFL Office                                                                                                                                              Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner                                                                                                                                  345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154

January 11, 2016

Dear Mr. Goodell,

When you first took the reins as NFL Commissioner, I was initially in favor of your appointment. I figured at least on paper you would be a good fit. However, after considering what has happened since then, I was wrong. So I am human.

The NFL in the span of ten years has gone from professionalism to being run by the inmates. This falls on your shoulders. But as long as you are raking in the tens of millions and the NFL is raking in the billions, you, the owners, TV execs, etc… could care less about professionalism. The NFL used to be fun. Under the current commissioner however, it is very profitable. But other wise, turned into a joke across the board.

After watching the end of the 4th quarter of the Bengals-Steelers game, it was apparent that the fix was in. There are ways to influence the outcome of games and betting that don’t literally involve exchanging money between active participants just as there are ways to cheat at cards.

Here is the rule: Non-player personnel of a club (e.g., management personnel, coaches, trainers, equipment men) are prohibited from making unnecessary physical contact with or directing abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures at opponents, game officials, or representatives of the League. Representatives of either team are prohibited from entering the field unless they are incoming substitutes, or team attendants or trainers entering to provide for the welfare of a player, and any game-type activities are prohibited on the Field of Play.

Not even head coaches are allowed on the field. (So basically Steelers broke two rules and not flagged for it.) Then you have Ryan Shazier’s helmet to helmet hit on Bernard.   If any other team had done this, they would have been penalized for it.

Sure, I get that the NFL owners are your boss. I get that you may be warm and cozy with certain owners and teams. However if impartiality and objectivity were criteria for being an NFL Commissioner (or any other comparable position), you have failed miserably. You are no Pete Rozelle.

On top of that, your recent blackmail attempt towards stadiums and the teams involved in possibly relocating to L.A. was uncalled for as well.

So based on your job performance over the years, you should step down.

When baseball, football, etc… were starting out, they were created by mostly blue-collar people in the late 19th century in places like Ohio and New Jersey. As its popularity has grown over the past 100 and something years, it has also gone more corporate and thus with it the strengths and pitfalls that go along with being corporate. In today’s game, the pitfalls out weigh the strengths. Is it really worth spending $100 for a game these days? It is funny compared to say paying $2 to see a Yankees game when Babe Ruth was playing. He was “overpaid” around $500 a game.

But in a nutshell, the bigger problem is ultimately with the fans and their rabid obsession with sports and the fact that we collectively are too blind and deaf to recognize it. So in a way we are all guilty. While I would personally love to work as a scout or assistant coach, I don’t envy the nonsense that the head coaches and players have to put up with. Coaches can’t discipline players because it has been taken of their hands. NFL front office doesn’t proscribe certain conduct when you arbitrarily enforce the rules. Look at how Josh Norman and Odell Beckman went on acting like they did. Yet no penalties. No ejections. Coaches didn’t (or couldn’t discipline them). If this had gone on back in the days of Paul Brown or Tom Landry, they would have been kicked off the team. So what gives? You are solely interested in how it affects your bottom line.

You would make a good politician and ought to run for public office. But stop pretending with the fair and impartiality act. No one is buying it and if anyone else is, they are blind and deaf too. We all know what Jesus said about blind guides and why we shouldn’t follow them.

I shall end with this statement from none other than George Patton: Follow the “Golden Rule.” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Good Knights were an example to all time. So it is with a good officer. You have no idea how men watch you. If you stand up, so will they. If you curse, so will they. If you are habitually late, how can you in honor try men for following your example? You are a model, whether you like it or not, hence; be a good model.

Thank you for your time.


Chris FortnerRoger

Written by chrisforliberty

January 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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