For those who followed the years-long DeflateGate balderdash will remember the period for being a complex time. For the vast majority who only followed from afar, they’ll remember it only for the result: Roger Goodell won, Tom Brady and the Patriots lost. And, as they say, to the victor goes the spoils. In the case of Goodell, the prize included a well-publicized victory tour — one that the NFL commissioner extended on Wednesday. Speaking at Bloomberg’s “The Year Ahead” summit, Goodell was asked about the trickiness of his job, considering he often has to play the role of judge and jury for many decisions. Ignoring the reality that Goodell actually decides to play judge and jury instead of selecting qualified professionals for such roles, Goodell gave the boilerplate response about how “the diversity of viewpoints” is what makes the NFL strong and how a majority vote among NFL owners is the sign of a good decision. But Goodell was pressed further on the judge and jury role, specifically as it played out in the DeflateGate saga. Goodell used it as an opportunity to puff out his chest a bit. “That’s what every team wants, to know that their partners are operating under the same rules that [they are] operating under. Coaches want to know that, fans want to know that, and players want to know that,” Goodell said. “So that is the job of the commissioner to protect the integrity of the game.” Ah, yes. The integrity of the game. Goodell then said that, in a case like DeflateGate, he was only doing the right thing. “You have to do what’s right, ultimately,” he stated. “And you have to make those decisions regardless of the consequences, and making sure you’re protecting the integrity of the league.” Ah, yes. The integrity of the league. Before wrapping up his thought, Goodell made sure to note that the NFL won the case in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Roger Goodell Speaks On DeflateGate, Believes NFL Was ‘Right’ In ‘Protecting The Integrity Of The League’
CBS Boston | Nov 8