Richard Sherman Comments on Roger Goodell's Ejection Rule Proposal

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman warms up before the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman voiced his displeasure with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's proposal to automatically eject players who have earned two personal fouls during a single game.

"I think it's foolish," said Sherman in an interview with ESPN's Jim Trotter on SportsCenter (via's Sheil Kapadia). "But it sounds like something somebody who's never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn't understand. He's just a face. He's just a suit. He's never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul." 

Goodell floated the idea during his State of the League speech in February, per's Marc Sessler:

I believe that the league should pursues a policy where if there are two personal fouls in a game, there's an automatic ejection of the player. I believe that's consistent with what we believe are the safety issues, but I also believe it's consistent with what we believe are the standards of sportsmanship that we've emphasized.

We should take that out of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They'll obviously have to throw the flag, but when they do, we'll look to see if we can reach an agreement on the conditions of which they'd be ejected.

Of course, it's important to remember Goodell can't unilaterally institute new rules on the game. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport (via Sessler) reported on March 17 the ejection rule will likely gain approval through the competition committee. The NFL Players Association might be another matter, however.

Sherman has made his dissatisfaction with the current administration clear. In January 2015, he spoke out about what he perceived to be a cozy relationship between Goodell and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Sherman's ire extends to former players who work for the league as well, as he explained to Sports Illustrated:

On a bigger level, I look at the NFL today and I'm as disappointed as ever in its management. Commissioner Roger Goodell operates at a high level, but he's doing what 32 owners tell him to do. I once believed that having more retired players in the league office could remedy this, but the former player in the highest position, executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, continues to disappoint. When he told Adrian Peterson he'd receive a two-game suspension and the league failed to deliver, he became just another suit.

This time, Sherman's words carry extra weight. Earlier this week, the three-time Pro Bowler was one of four players elected to the executive committee of the NFLPA's board of representatives, per Trotter.

His recent criticism of Goodell will likely only strengthen his reputation among his peers.