Certain individuals are treated better by the NFL than others.
We saw a prime example of that in the AFC Championship Game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
Quarterback Tom Brady goes to slide under an oncoming hit from safety Ed Reed.
Brady sticks his leg up to knock Reed off balance and no flag is tossed. It wasn't a typical quarterback slide, which only makes defending the play tougher for Reed. How is he supposed to approach this situation when a quarterback cannot be touched while sliding?
In short, that is the contradiction brought on by Roger Goodell. And along with Brady, others have received similar treatment from the league.