Dear Roger Goodell,
You could at least attempt to hide your obvious double-standards on player conduct in the league. The crackdown on illegal hits and all the things you try to trumpet these days are nothing but hogwash.
Richard Seymour just blatantly punched a quarterback in the face several seconds after the play ended and according to several reports, is going to be fined $25,000 for that action, but faces no suspension. You've handed out larger fines to players this year for borderline hits that occurred during the play.
So what you are saying is that it's worse to hit someone during a football play than to act like a classless cheap punk and sucker punch someone after the play.
Yeah, that makes sense.
Even more infuriating was the ridiculous personal foul calls against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Ryan Clark was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit despite the fact the helmets never even came close to hitting. He led with his shoulder on the tackle, which is a completely legal way to do so.
James Harrison, the NFL's whipping boy these days, was flagged for hitting Jason Campbell a half-second after he unloaded the ball. He shifted his weight to make sure he didn't come down on top of Campbell, but that didn't matter to Tony Corrente and crew. They made sure to throw the flag to negate the interception and touchdown return by Ike Taylor on the play.
How about the pass interference call on Ike Taylor when the receiver he was covering ran out of bounds.
They even threw a penalty on Trai Essex for "pulling someone off the pile," despite the fact replays showed nothing of the sort.
The unbiased referees called the Steelers for a franchise-record 163 yards worth of penalties, which was only 19 yards less than the Raiders gained for the day. Luckily for the Steelers, it didn't matter as they whacked the Raiders, 35-3, anyways.
There are actually news media personalities saying Roethlisberger deserved it, and trying to say that Seymour deserves no punishment. How can these people say that with a straight face? I guarantee you if Seymour did that same action to poster boy Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, the media would have a different song to sing.
Therein lies the problem right now, the double-standard. A commissioner is supposed to act within the best interests of the game, and the rules and policies he puts in place should be in effect for everyone, not select individuals. You seem to have personal reasons for singling out certain individuals and teams. You're not even trying to hide this bias.
Ben Roethlisberger was never charged with a crime yet he drew a six-game suspension which was ultimately reduced to four games. Players like Braylon Edwards, however, drive drunk, are found guilty of the crime, and receive a much less harsh penalty.
Oh, and I loved your handling of the whole Spygate issue.
Again Roger, please try to hide your bias.
During the infamous weekend of concussions several weeks ago, the most blatant and intentionally dirty hit was by Brandon Meriweather of the New England Patriots, but yet despite trying to intentionally hurt someone, his punishment came in lighter than the one handed out to James Harrison.
A lot of fans are getting tired of what you are doing to football. The sad part is that I don't think you even care. It looks more and more likely with each passing day that everything you are doing lately is trying to weaken the player's union as we move towards the likelihood of a lockout next year.
Shouldn't you be doing everything you can to avoid that scenario?
That's what a good commissioner would be doing. Unfortunately, you don't fall in that category.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!