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Josh co-founded the popular NFL blog, Kissing Suzy Kolber, and was managing editor of the site now known as Uproxx Sports. He is a former weekend editor of Deadspin and former contributor to WashingtonPost.com and Vice Sports.
He lives in Atlanta. Follow him on Twitter @JoshZerkle.
Dear Mr. Zerkle: A friend suggested that you might publish the following letter that I have written to Roger Goodell. If you would like to publish it, I'd be greatly appreciative. Sincerely, Neil Eidelberg.
May 12, 2015
Dear Mr. Goodell:
In the grand scheme of things, “Deflategate” may be of minor consequence. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to make the following statement. During your years of tenure as commissioner of the NFL (which I now refer to as the National Felony League), there has been a surge in the level of crime and corruption which is only rivaled by what occurs within American politics. Under your stewardship, players and coaches who have been involved with and/or charged with and/or convicted of corporate espionage (Bill Belichick and his “Spygate” shenanigans), dogfighting, spousal abuse, weapon possession, child abuse, and even murder, have been reinstated to the league, or simply been given a free pass. The latest fiasco has resulted in a four game suspension, the loss of two draft picks, and a one million dollar fine (which in a multi-billion dollar industry is akin to me losing a nickel out of a hole in my pants pocket.) Your sanctions of the New England Patriots amount to no more than mandating that Hitler’s inner circle be forced to attend sensitivity training. During my entire career as a teacher, then as a school administrator, I enforced a “zero tolerance” policy toward school-based misconduct and criminality. While I did temper my decisions with mercy when applicable, it is obvious that you care nothing about such a mindset. Your decisions diminish us all, and you simply prove what everyone already thinks: that professional football is a spectacle, a method of savage entertainment, rather than a sport. It is not a “means to an end”; in fact, it is exactly the opposite. You have allowed what should be the molding of men into role models for the youth of this nation to become a worship of men who are allowed to do anything that they so please, without consequence. It is reflected down into college and high school football, and even trickles down into the Pop Warner/Pee Wee levels. It is fair to say that all professional sports have their examples of immorality and amorality, but the NFL certainly leads the league(s) in that regard. I have been a football fan for as long as I remember, but now I am done. Allowing the Patriots to remain as Super Bowl champions rewards bad behavior. If the league was disbanded tomorrow, I would not shed a tear. But perhaps your resignation might signal the return of something decent about the sport.
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