John Riggins reported this morning that Roger Goodell is looking for ways to justify the reinstatement of Pacman Jones after suspending him indefinitely in mid-October. If Riggins is right, this is a very, very bad sign.
Goodell took the job promising to crack down on the thugs in the NFL. Indeed, some believe this promise was a major reason that Goodell won the job over other highly-qualified applicants. It was to be a no-tolerance policy and Goodell was going to be the NFL’s chief enforcer.
But rather than kick Jones out of the league for his many previous violations of league policy, Goodell gave him what was described at the time as “one more chance.” Then Jones got into what Goodell himself described as an “alcohol-related” fight and, in a letter to Jones, decried his”disturbing pattern of behavior clearly inconsistent with the conditions set for your continued participation in the NFL.”
Last night, in an interview on NFL Network’s “Total Access,” Goodell complained that too much attention is paid to the small number of players with off-the-field problems and too little credit is given to NFL players who help in their communities. Is this the same Roger Goodell who promised to crackdown on the thugs?
And now Goodell is concerned about ticket scalping.