Goodell Is The Most Powerful Man In America

  • Friday, April 23, 2010 2:54 PM
  • Written By: Steve Silver

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Let me preface this post by saying, yes, I know the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in triple overtime last night. I’m sure the brave anonymous posters below will satiate themselves ripping Sidney Crosby. Go right ahead. I’ll get back to you when he is hoisting another Stanley Cup.

Today’s blog, though, is about the most powerful man in the entire country – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Really, stop and think about what this man just pulled off in the Ben Roethlisberger drama.

By suspending a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback without any criminal convictions, Goodell essentially crowned himself dictator of professional sports.

I always knew he had the power to do this sort of thing. But this takes it to an entirely new stratosphere.

What boggles my mind is why the NFL Players’ Association is not up in arms. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent for every single NFL player.

Goodell can suspend whomever he wants, whenever he wants, for whatever he wants. Heck, every woman in America should celebrate for having ultimate leverage power now. If you accuse an NFL player of wrongdoing, no matter if it is true or not, that player is probably going to get suspended.

Really, where does this slippery slope end?

Let’s examine the Big Ben case.

I do not know if Roethlisberger has a serious mental problem aside from his stupid propensity to throw interceptions and hold the ball longer than he should.

I also do not know if he raped those women in Georgia or in Nevada.

My gut tells me that Roethlisberger is a misogynist of the worst degree and that he has not outright raped anyone, but that he has certainly taken advantage of intoxicated women.

He is also extremely immature and dumb to continually put himself in these compromising positions.

The guy is a multimillionaire NFL quarterback. If he can’t get someone to sleep with him sober and not in a bar bathroom, then he has problems no doctor can fix.

My point is that in order to avoid this mess again he and every other NFL player should probably adopt hermit lifestyles. No crime will not mean no punishment anymore.

Goodell placated the masses here with a six-game suspension, but how does Santonio Holmes, a player with a true criminal record, only get four games for failing a drug test while Roethlisberger gets six games without even committing a crime?

What about Jeff Reed? That guy is the definition of disorderly conduct and he has never been suspended? Why?

I am truly shocked the NFLPA would allow itself to wither into such a weak state.

Trust me, this is only the beginning football fans.

Imagine the next time your favorite player Tweets something idiotic or a compromising photo surfaces. Suspensions galore.

Goodell should be referred to here on out as Dictator Goodell.

Try to find a Fortune 500 CEO with as much power as Goodell. To fire someone you really need good reason or you face a lawsuit. Not Roger.

Look at our own elected leaders. These men and women break both real and “morality” laws all of the time and it’s nearly impossible to kick them out of office.

But if a drunk girl cries foul, you better believe your quarterback is a goner.

Congrats to Goodell for pulling this off, but while all of you Steelers haters celebrate our upcoming 6-10 season, I want you to know that the Dictator is coming for your star player next.

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Judge Athletes On Performance, Not Personal Life

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:11 PM
  • Written By: Steve Silver

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I tried as hard as I could to stay out of the whole Ben Roethlisberger situation, because pretty much everyone who has a voice or a keyboard has already said so much.

But the other night my mom brought it up. Yes, this is how crazy Pittsburghers are. Even moms think of the Steelers’ players as their own children.

Basically she thinks the Steelers should cut Roethlisberger because he is an idiot and is ruining the team’s reputation. She’s right. He is an idiot and he is hurting the reputation of one of the model franchises in the NFL. Yet, that is no reason to cut him.

I explained to my mom that the Steelers and most NFL teams would have to cut half of their rosters if we were basing the privilege to play professional football on personal conduct/criminal behavior. Just look at Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl victory. Big Ben (multiple accusations of sexual assault) throws the winning pass to Santonio Holmes (marijuana possession, domestic abuse) and Jeff Reed (multiple public intoxication citations) kicks the extra point.

Unfortunately this is the harsh reality of professional sports. We want our athletes to be heroes. We want them to be role models. We want them to actually appreciate the millions of dollars they earn.

Really we want them to be guys our moms would like.

Yet I know, and a lot of sports fan now know, this is extremely unrealistic.

Look at the latest report from the NFL combine that pot smoking is an “epidemic” at the Draft Combine.

What are the GMs supposed to do? Pass on the best talent because of this? No, of course not. Heck, Ricky Williams eventually turned it around.

Athletes are athletes. They are paid to perform. They are not paid to be civic leaders or role models. If you want it that way, then start trying to remake our entire society.

If any parents are reading this -- and I know my mom is -- I realize there not many “role model” worthy people left in the world, but please do not make it a professional athlete.

So what will happen with Big Ben? He’ll probably escape criminal charges, but he might receive a suspension from Roger Goodell. Either way, he’ll continue to play for the Steelers. As will so many others with actual, official criminal records.

I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s the way it is, so get over it.

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