Blog Entry

So, Goodell can just call Ochocinco, I guess

Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:53 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 8:55 am
 
Roger Goodell and C. Ochocinco had a phone call Thursday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We all know that NFL team personnel (coaches, GMs, trainers, doctors) can’t contact NFL players during the lockout, right? We’re all clear on that, yes? If you ignore that rule, the NFL has the right to fire you. So, everybody understands they’re not supposed to do that, correct?

What does it mean, then, that commissioner Roger Goodell called Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco for a little chat Thursday? Isn’t that exactly what Goodell has been telling teams NOT to do?

Not sure of the explanation behind why this is kosher, but we do know that Ochocinco tweeted Thursday that Goodell surprised him with a phone call to ask how his workouts were going and that the two talked for an hour.
 
Tweeted Ochocinco: “#Truth I was nervous as hell when @nflcommish called me earlier, just the thought of him taking the time out to call is cool as fudge. … Its a lockout,let alone the offseason and the NFL commissioner called and we held an hour convo.Not sure how yall look at it but that's cool.”

But is it cool? I bet NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith doesn’t think so.

Pro Football Talk
asked NFL spokesman Greg Aiello about the conversation, and he said “normal social interaction” was permissible between teams and their players – this includes the commissioner.

Asked PFT: “Isn’t that a slippery slope?”

Responded Aiello: “Life is a slippery slope.”

Um, say what? How is that possible? How can teams – and more importantly, the people who are monitoring team phone calls that come into team headquarters – determine the line between “normal social interaction” and “getting a leg up on the season?”

Obviously, most conversations fall on one side of the line or the other.

But who’s to stop, for example, Eagles coach Andy Reid from calling QB Michael Vick to wish him luck in the upcoming vote for the Madden ’12 cover and, in the course of “normal social interaction,” ask him how his offseason workouts are going and how WR Jeremy Maclin is feeling after his bout with a mono-like sickness this offseason?

Potentially, this isn’t just a slippery slope. It’s potentially an avalanche.

If the NFL doesn’t want teams and players to be in contact during the lockout and as they battle each other in the courtroom and in the mediation room, perhaps the commissioner of the league shouldn’t be calling on the league’s biggest motormouth to say “What’s up?”

Failing that test, we should all be questioning Goodell’s judgment at this point.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:43 am
 

So, Goodell can just call Ochocinco, I guess

Important advice as well as the splendid writing everyone obtained proper! We'd as a stand alone must many thanks for revealing the actual recommendations along with moment for a issues ebook!!


fghdfre
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:03 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



hgtrerte
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:09 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:36 am
 

So, Goodell can just call Ochocinco, I guess

High-quality really being going to your website repeatedly, it is months and months if you ask me. Simply information where it i have been previously silently laid for the purpose of and thus drawn out.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:26 am
 

So, Goodell can just call Ochocinco, I guess

"Potentially, this isn’t just a slippery slope. It’s potentially an avalanche."

What an over the top dumb comment by the blogger.  What avalance?  I listened to some of Mike and Mike this morning and they touched on this subject.  Neither had a problem with the call at all.  Golic said the reason for the conversation restrictions came from D Smith and the union anyway, and the commissioner is not beholden to Smith in any way.  Civil discussion is a good thing in dealing with this matter. 



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:31 am
 

So, Goodell can just call Ochocinco, I guess

I think this is a different circumstance when the commish calls a player. Goodell doesn't represent a member of the players coaching staff where they could possibly go over team schemes or anything of that nature. The Commissioner of the league calling to check in on a player is fine. Plus he's the COMMISSIONER he can call and do what ever he wants! its good to be the king...



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com