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.
BREAKING: AP Source: Law enforcement official sent copy of Ray Rice tape to NFL executive in April
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 10, 2014
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.
NFL players get fined for avoiding the media and Q&A sessions. Goodell hand picks an interviewer and network. #hypocrite
— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) September 10, 2014
Former Eagles RB Brian Westbrook also spoke about a lack of accountability regarding the commissioner’s behavior.
Being a leader is not a part time job. If Goodell holds the players to a high standard, he should be held to that same high standard! — Brian Westbrook (@36westbrook) September 10, 2014
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.
I know firsthand the commissioner will go to great lengths to “gather all evidence” but he purposely did not in this instance. Appalling. — Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 10, 2014
If the commissioner had really asked for the video, he would’ve made it very public & very clear that the casino refused to give it to him. — Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 10, 2014
He should be held accountable for his lack of action just like Ray Rice has finally been held accountable for his actions. — Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 10, 2014
[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.
As a husband, father and player I’m embarrassed to be associated with the NFL right now! — Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) September 11, 2014
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.