During Super Bowl week when the NFL's top executives should be promoting the game of football and avoiding controversy, commissioner Goodell is proving why he should be the last guy to be in control of things.
It was questionable, to say the least, when he suspended a player who not only denied guilt, but was not even charged with any crime. It was the first time it happened in league history. No player was ever suspended for any amount of time, let alone six games, while simply being accused of a crime.
But Goodell did just that to Ben Roethlisberger.
Most people were OK with his decision, giving Goodell the benefit of the doubt that it was made in the best interest of the NFL, and not simply due to any personal feelings or hatred of Roethlisberger or the Steelers organization.
Ben showed his maturity in accepting the punishment by not appealing. He attended the league-imposed 'therapy sessions' and paid all his fines.
Roethlisberger's return has been successful, as they are now in the Super Bowl, seemingly placing the incident firmly in the past. Ben has regained his leadership role, and the Steelers seem to have weathered the storm that most people thought would ruin their season.
The last thing the Steelers wanted was bad blood amongst their players going into their most important game of the season.
And if anyone was going to try and stir things up, the last person people would expect would be the commissioner of the NFL.
But, that is exactly what happened.
With what now seems to be a personal bias, he threw half of the Steelers team under the bus.
What was supposed to be kept behind closed doors, he openly talked about in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
What in the world was the guy thinking?
Steelers players—who were promised anonymity if they cooperated with questioning— were essentially ‘outed.’
Though he didn't mention names specifically, Goodell claimed every single player was against their quarterback…
“I bet two dozen [Steeler] players … Not one, not a single player, went to his defense. It wasn’t personal in a sense, but all kinds of stories like, ‘He won’t sign my jersey.’”
What kind of commissioner would intentionally try and stir things up for a team that is preparing for the biggest game of the season?
I’ll tell you what kind… the kind of person who should not be a commissioner. It’s clear he has his own agenda.
It also makes one really wonder about his decision to suspend Roethlisberger without being charged or arrested, as well as wonder about all the fines on James Harrison.
It will surely make it all the sweeter when he has to hand the Lombardi Trophy over to a team that he clearly has personal issues with.
What a way to pay back the owner of the team who helped him to get his job as commissioner.
For further information on the incident, click here.