Posts Tagged Roger Goodell

Where is Roger? Maybe Sitting Next to You.

The first game of the NFL season was (ironically) the New England Patriots versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England won 28 to 21. It was not that close and by the end of the 3rd Quarter, the outcome was not much in doubt. Like them or hate them, the Patriots are good. Unless you have been in isolation with a lost tribe in the Amazon, you undoubtedly know about “Deflate-gate,” and that at the end of it, the outcome was more deflated than the footballs. Also by the end of […]

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Ray Rice and His Choices: No one has helped him

Ray Rice in Court

The news of the day is that the domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, former NFL running back have been dropped. What began in February 2014, has come to an end on May 20, 2015. Many things have happened in the past year plus three months; a great many of them much more important than football or even sports. However, within this small world it can be argued that the former Baltimore Ravens player brought many people face-to-face with the ugly face of domestic violence and the indifference of those […]

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Sports Ethics: Deflate-gate, Deflated

Tom Brady Deflate-gate

Could we be the last people to comment on “the report” and the probable deflation of the New England Patriots game balls? Hopefully, yes. In case anyone believes we know something that you don’t; we don’t. As a public service (and our guess is as good as yours), here is how we see this whole thing unfolding: The NFL will come around to saying something about Brady; we figure it will cost Brady between 2 and 4 games. A lot of New England fans will rant and rave. That’s what […]

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Sports Ethics Blog: On the Ethical Eve of the Draft

NFL Draft

It is said that Las Vegas will take a bet on most anything. I am not exactly a high-roller, but I am willing to put down a $100 wager that one of tonight’s first round draft choices will be involved in an unethical act over the next six months. I am confident I will win. I note that on the eve of this draft, there may be an alleged, pending murder charge, spousal abuse and drug violations among the first round picks before Roger even steps his feet onto the […]

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Best Defense is Accepting Consequences: Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

“You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.” – NFL on Adrian Peterson Decision  The purpose of Sports Ethics training is not to make fans feel good. The training is also not to make athletes feel good or their teams or their organizations. Sports Ethics views choices and we view the consequences of those choices — we try our hardest to learn from them. I have no doubt this post will lose me followers. Or it may gain a few. At the outset I also want to say that this post is […]

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Roger Goodell must testify in Ray Rice Case

What did Goodell know, when did he know it and why has he stone-walled? In a case that has had more twists and turns than a mountain road, the arbitrator in the Ray Rice appeal, U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, has ordered the NFL commissioner to appear in the arbitration hearing. At issue is that suspended player Ray Rice and the player’s union, feel that after the domestic violence incident he was given a punishment which he accepted. When the infamous knockout video surfaced, at the NFL’s “outrage” bubbled […]

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Former NFL exec charges teams hid hundreds of abuse cases

Jerry Angelo

The NFL is about to face a firestorm unlike it has ever seen. The storm is not coming from another out-of-control player in an elevator, a new PED scandal or from a damning medical report. The storm is coming from a man who wore a suit and tie as a general manager, a director of player personnel and as a scout. His name is Jerry Angelo and we all need to listen to him. In an article appearing in USA TODAY (October 9, 2014) by Josh Peter entitled: “Former NFL […]

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Bill Simmons, Rihanna and Superman’s Cape


“You don’t tug on Superman’s cape/You don’t spit into the wind/You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger/And you don’t mess around with Jim,” Jim Croce, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” (1972) About two weeks ago, at the very height of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS decided to pull a song by Rihanna (“Run This Town”) on Thursday night football. The network didn’t like its “energy,” and they didn’t like re-introducing the fact that Rihanna, herself, had been the victim of domestic violence. The following […]

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An Open Ethical Letter to Mr. Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell Press Conference

 “We need to change our policies and we need to get some help figuring out how to do that.” — Mr. Roger Goodell 9/19/14 For the sake of this post, and for the sake of professional football (a sport I love), we are going to believe everything that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in his sweeping press conference today was true and from the bottom of his heart. He is really concerned, really sorry and really committed to correcting everything that is wrong. To be fair, just this once, we […]

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Protecting the NFL Shield: Time for fans to go on trial?

NFL Headquarters

In a city I used to live in, there was a legendary quarterback who was known for having a drinking problem. Over the years I lived there, four people volunteered information (one of whom had retired from law enforcement) that the quarterback had been pulled over several times, given a pat on the back, escorted home, then sent on his way. Why? The cops were fans. I do not want to think what would have happened had he run down a pedestrian or blown through a red light and broad-sided […]

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