It seems that today is “call out Roger Goodell” day around the NFL. First, we had Jeremy Shockey calling Goodell a liar over the concussion issue. And now, Drew Brees adds his two cents about Goodell.
While talking to Sport Illustrated’s Peter King during Kings annual tour of training camps around the league, Brees discussed a myriad of issues. He discussed how Sean Payton’s absence will affect the team, his feelings about Payton’s suspension, and their mentality on everything that has happened to them this offseason.
But the best nugget from King’s interview with Brees is when Brees is asked about NFL players’ attitude toward Goodell.
Brees got quiet and thought for a moment, then said: “Nobody trusts him. Nobody trusts him. I’m not talking about a DUI, or using a gun in a strip club, which are pretty clear violations. I think there’re too many times where the league has come to its decision in a case before calling a guy in, and the interview is just a façade. I think now if a guy has to come in to talk to Roger, he’ll be very hesitant because he’ll think the conclusion has already been reached.”
Goodell knows that the players don’t trust him. And frankly, he doesn’t care. He’s the most powerful man in the most powerful sport in the United States. And until that changes, he won’t ever care.