Roger Goodell was lastly compelled to talk publicly in regards to the Saints and Rams NFC championship sport throughout his State of the League tackle on Wednesday, however the gamers in New Orleans weren’t pleased with what he stated.
Goodell was requested a number of questions in regards to the non-call on Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman who bought away with move interference on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. Throughout one in every of his responses he stated, “We perceive the frustration of the followers. I’ve talked to Coach Payton, the crew, the gamers. We perceive the frustration that they really feel proper now and we actually wish to tackle that.”
Goodell: We perceive the frustration of the followers. Coach Payton and the crew. Are officers are human, they are not going to get it proper each time. Know-how is not going to unravel all these points, refs aren’t robots. #Saints @FOX8NOLA pic.twitter.com/JA16LM1iYI
— Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) January 30, 2019
Whereas Sean Payton confirmed he had a short chat with Goodell, the gamers are saying in any other case.
He ain’t speak to us
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 30, 2019
A number of Saints stars have stepped up after Goodell’s media convention and stated he lied to everybody about speaking with the gamers. Zach Strief, who final performed with the Saints in 2017, stated on his radio present that he spoke with gamers on the crew and none of them heard a phrase from Goodell.
“Roger Goodell does not speak to gamers. There’s one method to see Roger Goodell, and that is to get suspended. I’ve not seen Roger Goodell in I believe seven years. That is fairly mindblowing now, that he does not ever go to any services. He does not go to any services as a result of not one of the gamers respect him. So he walks into the room and he will get obliterated. He really walked out in a gathering the final time he got here to New Orleans.”
Strief stated he was making an attempt to consider gamers Goodell would have talked to. He first considered Ben Watson who wrote to Goodell, after which quarterback Drew Brees since he is a well-known face. They each stated Goodell did not speak to them.
🦗🦗🦗 and he has all my contact information
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) January 31, 2019
“The person actually stands up on a podium and lies,” Strief stated. “It is mindblowing.”
And only for readability, Goodell’s reply the place he apparently lied wasn’t even answering the query he was requested. The reporter needed to know why it took the commissioner of the NFL so lengthy to publicly reply to the controversy. Goodell answered by saying he did reply, by speaking to Payton and the crew.
UPDATE: The NFL launched a press release on this difficulty claiming Goodell didn’t say he talked to the gamers.
From ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
The NFL clarified that commissioner Roger Goodell has not talked to Saints gamers — and that he was not claiming he talked to gamers throughout his Wednesday press convention. Though it appeared like Goodell stated he spoke to Saints coach Sean Payton, the crew and the gamers after the controversial no-call that helped resolve the NFC Championship Sport, the NFL defined that Goodell was simply itemizing the entire teams that he is aware of are pissed off.
At difficulty is how Goodell made his remark. Within the NFL’s official transcript, they made the punctuation completely different than what number of media members interpreted it.
“Hear, we perceive the frustration of the followers. I’ve talked to teach Payton. The crew, the gamers, we perceive the frustration they really feel proper now, and we actually wish to tackle that,” is how the NFL’s transcript reads.
The distinction is a interval after coach Payton versus a comma.
In any case, Goodell nonetheless did not reply the query introduced to him, which was: Why did not he publicly tackle this difficulty sooner? He responded by saying he did, however all he did was have a non-public name with Payton.