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Former NFL players blast Roger Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is currently in hot water for how he handled the Ray Rice assault case. Not only was Rice suspended only two games for hitting his then-fiancee, but Goodell also claimed no one in the league office had seen the video of the incident in the elevator. But the AP is saying otherwise.

NFL players past and present are now voicing their opinions on how Goodell dealt with the situation.

Former Steelers LB James Harrison has been officially retired for less than one week, but he wasted no time weighing in. Remember, Harrison was fined multiple times throughout the course of his career, and even called the commissioner “my biggest adversary” during his final press conference.

Even QB John Skelton, who is currently a free agent, shined some light on how the NFL handles its interviews.

Former Eagles RB Brian Westbrook also spoke about a lack of accountability regarding the commissioner’s behavior.

But they weren’t the only ones to weigh in. Former Saints LB Jonathan Vilma also had some choice words about Goodell. He shared them with the public earlier this morning.

[UPDATE] And then, when it seemed like the vitriol was finally dwindling, a current player shared his thoughts. San Diego Chargers S Eric Weddle threw a haymaker and did not hold back one bit.

No matter what happens in the near future, it appears as if there’s a rift between current and former players and the league office. And that probably won’t be changing anytime soon.

Matt Birch

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