WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Roger Goodell’
Report: Roger Goodell told to testify in Ray Rice suspension appeal 10.23.14 at 11:12 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice will be appealing his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and according to an Associated Press report, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to testify.

The commissioner was unsure he would actually testify, saying he would leave the decision to former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, who is hearing the appeal.

“We will continue to respect Judge Jones’ confidentiality order regarding this proceeding,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the AP.

NFL lawyers have argued Goodell shouldn’t have to testify and instead there should be testimony from Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy — both of whom were present when Rice met with Goodell to hear his side of the story from Rice’s incident when he hit his then-fiancee in an elevator.

Goodell originally suspended the running back for two games, but then after the video was released publicly the suspension was made indefinite. Goodell has said Rice’s description was “ambiguous,” while Rice’s side has said he gave exact details.

The AP also says the hearing will be held Nov. 5 and 6.

Read More: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell,
Judge to rule if Roger Goodell should speak during Ray Rice proceedings 10.22.14 at 10:59 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

An arbiter in the Ray Rice case is closing in on a decision if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should have to testify is the running back’€™s hearing.

The proceedings, which are set for Nov. 5 and 6 according to some close to the case, will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She will have the final say if Rice’€™s suspension should be rescinded. Union officials believe having Goodell is a key part of the process, saying he should be included in the hearing.

The union is appealing the NFL’€™s suspension of Rice, indicating it punishes him two times for the same crime. Earlier this year, Goodell suspended Rice for two games for hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator.

Once a video inside of the elevator became public in early September, Goodell changed the suspension from two games to an indefinite suspension, citing the league’€™s personal conduct policy. Following the suspension, the Ravens released Rice from his contract.

Read More: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell,
NFL owners meeting Wednesday to review league’s conduct policy 10.08.14 at 9:54 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Amid criticism that the NFL is not doing enough with domestic abuse cases, owners are meeting Wednesday in an attempt to move forward with the league’€™s personal conduct policy.

Football has taken heat over the past month and a half for not doing enough to discipline its players, such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, who have committed violent acts off of the field. Commissioner Roger Goodell has especially faced scrutiny for his inaction or delayed reactions in dealing with the players in question.

“We need to limit this,” Texans owner Robert McNair said of the violence in the league, “so punishment is not an issue.”

During the meeting, representatives from the player engagement department intend to speak about how those in the league can be educated on the subjects of domestic violence and abuse. Goodell sent the owners a memo earlier this week to describe just why the conduct policy needs to be reevaluated.

“For the past seven years, the personal conduct policy has brought credit to the league and to NFL players,” Goodell said in the memo. “But during that time, we did not sufficiently review the policy to keep it current and ensure that it properly reflected our values and those of our society.”

The meeting also gives the owners the chance to approve the sale of the Bills to the Pegula family and review the possibility of adding more NFL games in London.

Read More: Roger Goodell,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for comments about Roger Goodell 09.25.14 at 8:03 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Giants at Washington, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Appalachian State at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: UCLA at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (FS1)
NHL preseason: Ducks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)


Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons

ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after his profanity-laced comments about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whom he called a liar.

In a podcast earlier this week — since removed by ESPN — Simmons ripped Goodell for claiming he was unaware of the security video that showed Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.

“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it,” Simmons said. “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such [expletive]. It really is. It’s such [expletive]. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.

“The best point that a lot of people have made about this is this is exactly why he fined and suspended Sean Payton for a season [for Bountygate]. Sean Payton was like, ‘I didn’t know.’ [Goodell] was like, ‘Well, ignorance [is not an excuse],’ and suspended him for a year. This is the same exact situation and it’s worse, because he knew and he’s a liar. … I don’€™t like liars. I think that people who you know they are lying and they are lying anyway, those are the worst people.We know you are lying. … Roger Goodell has no integrity whatsoever.”

Simmons also challenged management to punish him.

“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” Simmons said. “Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast. … Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Bill Simmons have been suspended by ESPN?

  • No, he did not say anything worthy of punishment (86%, 51 Votes)
  • Yes, not just for the comments about Goodell but for his unprofessionalism (14%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 59

Loading ... Loading ...

Simmons and others at ESPN have been critical of Goodell in the past, but ESPN executives reportedly were upset that Simmons took it as far as he did and called them out.

“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,” the network said in a statement. “We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”

— When the Yankees head to Boston Friday, Derek Jeter‘s last three games will have very little meaning. New York was eliminated from playoff contention after blowing a three-run lead and dropping a 9-5 decision to the AL East champion Orioles on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s tough. It’s what you play for. It’s a rough feeling,” said Jeter, who went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter.

It’s the first time since 1992-93 that the Yankees have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons, and just the second time (along with 2008) in Jeter’s 20-year career that he will not participate in the postseason.

“It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “This is not where you want to be at this time of year.”

Said Jeter: “For the guys that are coming back and the team that plays it’s a feeling you shouldn’t like and you shouldn’t want to get used to.”

Jeter’s final home game is scheduled for Thursday, although there is rain is in the forecast. If that game is rained out, his final Yankee Stadium at-bat will go down as an eighth-inning groundout to first base. He received an extended ovation after the out, but he did not leave his seat in the dugout.

“The game wasn’t over. We were trying to come back,” he explained. “You can’t help but notice. I catch myself looking around sometimes and I’ve always tried not to do that, but I’ve caught myself a couple of times.”

Jeter was on deck in the ninth when Brett Gardner struck out to end the game.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges for his role in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, last month, although Ward’s family announced that it will pursue civil damages.

“Our son got out of his car during caution when the race was suspended. All the other vehicles were reducing speed and not accelerating except for Stewart, who intentionally tried to intimidate Kevin by accelerating and sliding his car toward him, causing the tragedy,” the family said in a statement. “The focus should be on the actions of Mr. Stewart. This matter is not at rest and we will pursue all remedies in fairness to Kevin.”

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said that toxicology results showed Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death and “the levels determined were enough to impair judgment.” Tantillo also said there was no evidence Steward did anything wrong.

“The videos did not demonstrate any aberrational driving by Tony Stewart until the point of impact with Kevin Ward, at which point his vehicle veered to the right up the track as a result of the collision. Prior to that, his course was pretty straight,” Tantillo said.

Said Stewart: “This has been the toughest and most emotional experience of my life, and it will stay with me forever. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received and continue to receive/ While much of the attention has been on me, it’s important to remember a young man lost his life. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1965, the legendary Satchel Paige pitched three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics against the Red Sox. The 59-year-old former Negro Leagues star, who was making his first major league appearance since 1953, allowed only one hit — a first-inning double to which Sox player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’d like to shore up my pass protection. I’d like to work better with the offensive line and do some of those things better that I haven’t been doing well.” Nate Solder, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 43 – Years since the Red Sox started seven rookies in a game, which they did in Wednesday’s 11-3 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton takes a home run away from Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale plunks Victor Martinez and then accuses the Tigers of stealing signs, leading to the benches emptying.

U.S. soccer captain Clint Dempsey takes to the streets of New York and asks people about Clint Dempsey.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Will Smith was born on this day in 1968.

Read More: Bill Simmons, Derek Jeter, Kevin Ward Jr., Roger Goodell
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell gets advice on personal conduct policy from former NFL players 09.24.14 at 8:03 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Flames, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent met with a group of 11 former players, including ex-Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, in an often-emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the league’s personal conduct policy.

Vincent said the former players, including Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, told him the league should get players off the field immediately after they’ve been accused of a crime.

“One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?” Vincent said. “To a man, they said, ‘Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.’ ”

MASHUP POLL: Should the NFL suspend a player immediately after he has been arrested for anything?

  • Yes, if there's enough reason to arrest him, he should be held out until he settles his legal issues (75%, 110 Votes)
  • No, it's not fair to punish a player until he's be proven guilty of a crime (25%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

Loading ... Loading ...

With recent issues of domestic violence plaguing the league, Vincent said the ex-players insisted that “everyone is accountable” for their behavior. He added that he believes the league is getting closer to figuring out a better way to handle such problems.

“You can’t negotiate the game,” Vincent said, his voice cracking. “The one thing we’ve all got to fight for … we are talking about the game and we’ve all got to be all-in. We all have got to answer the questions of where are we today, how did we get here, why is this happening, how do we stop this and manage this?

“We don’t have time to wait on anybody to give us direction. There is one thing we don’t negotiate, it’s the game.”

The other players in the meeting were Harvard product Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher.

— Outspoken Eagles cornerback Cary Williams — known well around these parts for his criticism of the Patriots prior to joint practices the last two preseasons — apologized to his teammates Tuesday night for complaining about coach Chip Kelly after Sunday’s 37-34 victory over Washington.

Williams questioned Kelly’s decision to have team do a walkthrough last Tuesday, a day after a Monday night game against the Colts in Indianapolis. He met with Kelly on Monday and apologized publicly Tuesday.

“I said what I said, man. … It’s out there,” Williams said. “I could have played better [Sunday]. I spoke to my teammates and told them I was sorry for what I said. So, it won’t happen again. I won’t talk negatively about the team.

“We are 3-0 and that’s something to be proud of. I am happy we are 3-0. Things could have gone otherwise.”

Added Williams: “Obviously, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sometimes people take things the wrong way. But I realized I made that mistake. My teammates realize that and forgave me.

“I try not to lie. In that situation I don’t think I did. But in that situation, I should have kept it in house between me and 56 other guys in here and coach Chip. I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it.”

— Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne skipped practice and left the team’s training facility after being told that he was being pulled from the starting lineup, according to multiple reports.

The Cowboys traded up in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne sixth overall, and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday morning that Claiborne was not living up to his draft status.

“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”

Claiborne, who will be replaced by Orlando Scandrick, admitted that he “stunk it up” Sunday when he allowed five receptions for 108 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass, early against the Rams. He also was penalized for holding. On the positive side, Claiborne clinched his team’s comeback win with a leaping interception.

“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne, who missed the entire preseason with knee and shoulder injuries, said after the game. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The tackles, the guards, they’€™re just getting their butts kicked and getting pushed around. They just look so big and stiff, no knee bends, anything. It just looked bad. And Tom [Brady], you could just tell, Tom never felt comfortable, he doesn’€™t feel comfortable, he doesn’€™t trust that offensive line.” – NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 40 – Home runs this season for Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, making him just the sixth player in team history to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates clinch a playoff berth after turning a double play to finish off the Braves.

Wellington Castillo hits a long single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a walkoff win over over the Cardinals.

Rockies left fielder Brandon Barnes makes an impressive leaping catch at the fence against the Padres.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox.

The benches empty after Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig is hit in the foot by a pitch vs. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the first inning.

From Monday night, Guilder Rodriguez, called up the Rangers this month after 13 years in the minor leagues, gets his first major league hit.

Here are Derek Jeter‘s top-10 career highlights recreated with OYO toys.

A brawl breaks out at a college basketball game in the Phillipines, leading to the ejection of 17 players.

From a high school football game in South Dakota, Dell Rapids kicks an extra point, which is low but bounces off a Millbank player’s helmet and goes through the uprights.

A youth football team from New York has a little trouble running through a banner before the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bernie Parent, who played the majority of his career with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (1974, ’75)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was born on this day in 1942.

Read More: Cary Williams, Chip Kelly, Jerry Jones, Mike Singletary
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick supports Roger Goodell, says commissioner ‘doing a great job’ 09.19.14 at 8:22 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: UConn at South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Roger Goodell has had a target on his back since his mishandling of the Ray Rice situation, but at least one player has his back.

Michael Vick, who was suspended indefinitely by the commissioner in 2007 for his role in running a dogfighting ring but paid his penalty and returned to the NFL in 2009, offered his support for the embattled Goodell.

“I think he’€™s doing a great job,’€ the Jets backup quarterback said after Thursday’s practice. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’€™re not going to get it right all the time the first time. These situations that [have arisen] are situations that we never dealt with before. I feel from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint, it’€™s kind of new to everybody.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Roger Goodell be disciplined for his poor leadership?

  • Yes, he should be fired as it's clear he's not the right person for the job (45%, 46 Votes)
  • No, he owned up to his mistake and should not be punished (36%, 37 Votes)
  • Yes, he should be suspended but not fired, as overall he's done a good job (19%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 103

Loading ... Loading ...

With a number of NFL players facing domestic abuse issues, Goodell is taking heat for not getting ahead of the situation and being harder on offenders.

“Nobody’€™s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity. So, you’ve got to give the man a chance. You’ve got to give him a chance. You’ve got to give everybody a chance to get it right. And you see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’€™s happened in weeks prior. So you’ve got to give people a chance, man. You’€™re not going to get it right on the first time.”

Vick said he’s looking forward to the league putting this controversy in the past. Of course, that will require the players to behave themselves, which has been a problem of late.

“It’€™s a lot of issues that are taking place. In due time, they’€™ll all be cleaned up,” Vick said. “It’€™s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume [to] normal the next couple months. We just can’€™t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day there’€™s a new story that’€™s being written about and being talked about. We don’€™t seem to let it go. It’€™ll be all handled. . . . That’€™s what we have lawyers for. That’€™s what you have the commissioner for. You’ve got to let it die down. Other than that, [if] you keep talking about it, it’€™s going to continue to be an issue.”

Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned as manager of the Rangers two weeks ago, made his first public statement since the move and offered some insight into what was behind it.

“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Washington said in a 3 1/2-minute statement. “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years. I broke our trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: michael vick, Roger Goodell, Ron Washington,
Roger Goodell continues to deny seeing Ray Rice videotape 09.10.14 at 9:55 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

The sports world is still reacting to the shocking Ray Rice video and the player’s subsequent release from the Ravens.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claimed in a CBS interview Tuesday he had not seen the video of Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer inside an elevator in Atlantic City. Goodell and the league had only suspended Rice for two games before the second video was released.

“We had not seen any video tape of what occurred in the elevator,” Goodell said in the interview. “We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.” 

The Ravens and coach Jim Harbaugh initially supported Rice after the incident occurred in February. In July, Harbaugh said he would “stand behind” Rice and was “proud” of how the running back handled the situation. After the TMZ video was released this week, though, Harbaugh said his feelings on the matter were swayed in the other direction.

“[The video] is something we saw for the first time today. All of us,” Harbaugh said. “It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different.”

Jets backup quarterback Mike Vick, who spent more than a year in jail for organizing a dog-fighting ring, said Rice’s actions have no place in the game.

“It’€™s very sensitive,” Vick said. “I think we all got to realize as professional athletes that we are professionals. And we have to be able to maintain our poise in all situations, on and off the field. There’€™s just no room for that.”

While most have disapproved of Rice’s actions, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he thinks the NFL overreacted. Mayweather, who previously pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges and spent two months in jail in 2012, said there are other things people do that aren’t seen by the cameras.

“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”

Read More: Floyd Mayweather, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Vick, Ray Rice
Monday’s Morning Mashup: New video of Ray Rice domestic violence incident leads to further criticism of NFL 09.08.14 at 8:09 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Indians, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 4:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Giants at Lions, 7 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Chargers at Cardinals, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Russia vs. Liechtenstein, noon (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Switzerland vs. England, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: US Open, 5 p.m. (CBS)


Ray Rice — ELEVATOR KNOCKOUT … Fiancee Takes Crushing Punch [Video]
– Watch More
Celebrity Videos

— More video from the Ray Rice domestic incident in February was leaked early Monday morning, and the shocking tape has stirred further criticism of Rice as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for failing to impose harsher discipline.

In the video, released by TMZ.com, Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator at the Revel hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Rice leans in and appears to antagonize Palmer before she pushes him away. Rice then punches Palmer with his left first, knocking her head into the back of the elevator. When the elevator doors open, Rice drags the apparently unconscious Palmer — which matched video that was released a few months ago.

Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault, but he was accepted into a pretrial prevention program in May that allowed him to avoid any jail time. Rice and Palmer were married one month later.

MASHUP POLL: Should the NFL attempt to punish Ray Rice further?

  • Yes, this video confirms the need to suspend him longer (89%, 123 Votes)
  • No, the league already suspended him and it wouldn't be fair to change it now (11%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 138

Loading ... Loading ...

Goodell already has acknowledged he was not as hard on Rice as he should have been when he suspended the Ravens running back for just two games. On Aug. 28 Goodell announced new domestic violence penalties, starting with a six-game suspension for a first offense.

“My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families,” Goodell said in a statement at the time. “I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right.”

The NFL has not acknowledged whether it had access to the second video.

— The Yankees held Derek Jeter Day on Sunday, honoring the retiring captain with a 45-minute ceremony that included sports legends Michael Jordan and Cal Ripken Jr.

Jeter received a 1 1/2-minute ovation from the Yankee Stadium fans before unemotionally addressing the the crowd with a three-minute speech.

“It’s kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons has gone by so quickly,” Jeter said. “You guys have all watched me grow up over the last 20 years. I’ve watched you, too. Some of you guys getting old, too. But I want to thank you for helping me feel like a kid for the last 20 years.”

Added Jeter: “In my opinion, I’ve had the greatest job in the world. I got a chance to be the shortstop for the New York Yankees, and there’s only one of those. I always felt as though it was my job – was to try to provide joy and entertainment for you guys. But it can’t compare to what you brought me.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bruce Levenson, Derek Jeter, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell defends Ray Rice suspension, calls it ‘consistent’ with other punishments by league 08.01.14 at 2:03 pm ET
By   |  3 Comments

The NFL sent many people into a public outrage last week when it slapped Ravens running back Ray Rice with a meager two-game suspension for allegedly knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in the elevator of a New Jersey casino.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, however, stood by the league’s decision decision when he met with the media for the first time since the ruling, calling the length of the ban “consistent” with other punishments handed out by the league.

“We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL, and there are consequences for that,” Goodell said Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. “Obviously, when we are going through the process of evaluating an issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that are available to us.”

Added Goodell: “We have to remain consistent. We can’t just make up the discipline. It has be consistent with other cases, and it was in this matter.”

Rice was arrested on Feb. 15 for the alleged incident. He pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.

“I take into account all of the information before I make a decision on what the discipline will be,” Goodell said. “In this case, there was no discipline by the criminal justice system.

“They put him in that diversionary program, and I had seen Ray after that. I had the opportunity to hear from him, hear from his wife and hear from other people that he had brought into the hearing process, and I put all of that together to make a decision.”

Read More: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell,
NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith critical of commissioner Roger Goodell 05.30.14 at 8:40 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith criticized commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday for the way he’s handled the punishment of Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay has yet to be disciplined following an arrest in March in which he was charged with two misdemeanor offenses, a response much slower than Goodell would’ve made if it were a player facing disciplinary action, according to Smith.

“The commissioner understands that there is a significant credibility gap that exists in the National Football League,” Smith said. “What troubles our players is the speed and the deliberateness of the punishment that they have seen in the past when it comes to a player. There isn’t the same speed or deliberate action when it comes to an owner, and that’s a problem.”

Irsay was arrested March 16 for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated and while in the possession of $29,000 and prescription drugs that weren’t in his name, according to police reports.

Goodell responded to these criticisms Thursday while in Foxboro for a football safety clinic for mothers. The commissioner said the disciplinary process in regards to Irsay is ongoing.

“As I said before, the personal conduct policy applies to commissioners, owners, players, coaches,” Goodell said. “It applies to all of us. We all have a responsibility to do things the right way. Yes, it is ongoing.”

Goodell added: “I think you know there are several players that we haven’t taken any action on either. We like to get the facts, we like to be thorough, and we like to understand them. Charges were just filed last week. So I don’t believe there is a credibility gap.”

Smith also criticized Goodell for his stance on expanded playoffs and HGH testing.

Read More: DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell,