Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:42 pm
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell challenged the former union in a wide ranging interview with USA Today . Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson read what Goodell said and wasn't happy about it.

First, a portion of Goodell's comments. "They're challenging fundamental aspects that have made the league successful and popular with the fans," Goodell said. "They're going after the draft, as an example, pursuing the draft as illegal. They're pursuing free agency restrictions as illegal. They're pursuing aspects of the salary cap as illegal. That's what they're saying. We don't believe that. It's been negotiated. We think they've been good for the players, the clubs and most importantly, the fans. It's what's created a successful product. So the union attorneys are attacking everything that we think has made the league successful."

Basically, what Goodell is saying is that the former union doesn't want the draft, free agency or the salary cap. Now, Goodell doesn't directly say that but that's the impression he leaves with readers. None of those things, of course, are true. It's the opposite. The former union, of course, doesn't want free agency restrictions.

When Jackson saw Goodell's comments he responded quickly saying Goodell wasn't telling the entire story.

"The glaring omission from the commissioner's comments is the truth," said Jackson in a statement obtained by "We are challenging his lockout of players and fans. How could he miss that?"

It's likely Jackson won't be the lone player to respond to Goodell.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:15 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

@  you stated the folowing "I'm tired of these rich, greedy owners holding back all this money!  A lot of the players are broke and have very high expenses---the owners need to give them some money during the lockout to pay their bills.  They are only getting $10,000 per month from the strike fund which is not nearly enough for most.  The owners need to open the books and pay up!"

ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!! First of all if the players have very high expenses whose fault is that.  The owners didn't tell them to go out and buy expensives cars, homes, etc.  Secondly, players are ONLY getting $10,000 per month from the strike fund....WOW, I would take that salary any day.  You are an idiot...the players need to GROW up and realize the owner's not the player's themselves incur ALL the expenses.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:11 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:03 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

A lockout in late April for a season that starts in September. There is 3 1/2 months until the pre-season.
People showed up at the gameswith replacements. The NFL makes money anyway.
No one is "locked out"
The fans don't care until the games are real.
when its Sunday in September, then the fans are locked out.
As for the players, shut up all ready.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:59 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

wrong,the league claims it is not making revenue at the same rate as before,therefore if they see a cut in profits they want the players, as members of a partnership,to accept their share of these cuts. 

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:56 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Why do they need a retirement pension?  4-5 years making 400K is more than I will make. Ever heard of RETIREMENT PLANNING and SAVING FOR RETIREMENT?   Steven Jackson SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE.  IT MAKES YOU SOUND DUMBER than you already are.  Same goes for Derrick Mason and Adrian Peterson.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:52 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

PS.   good luck with the rest of you life and your wonderful hatred towards the league. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:44 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Wow you really hate that you never made it to the next level and resent those people that have!!! That's what I got from your comments.  Unions are there to ensure good faith baraining.  Now are there bad things about them?  Absolutely.  Goodell was wrong as to what he stated.  The thoughts on this or okay but the way he stated it and insinuated that the players are causing all the issues here is ludicrus.  When you have the owner's making in the high hundred millions and billions every year and you are bickering about the benefits that should be paid after the player has made you a lot of money from their prestige, that's wrong.  Owners don't sell tickets.  Players do. The players just want to have a little better care during and after their football lives are over.  That said the Rookies are making waaaaay too much money in most cases.  They should go to an incentive based system that lowers initial contracts up front.  Most of the players in the 1st round play right away with the exception of QB.  Capping the limit on the rookies seems reasonable and then allowing the players to contribute and earn more with incentives.  This is
the best way to make sure everyone is getting the best bang for their buck. 

You have to see it from both sides.  But good luck hating everyone just because a few bad apples. I'm sure Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees would appreciate your comments about them.  We know how truthful your statement is about them.    Apparently no one should be allowed to make a mistake.  We should just ban the league since its sooooo bad. 

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:39 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

I agree give me the 10,000 a month, I wanna rush in my boss's office and demand more of the company-where do you think that will get me?

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:36 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Against free agency restrictions?  That's big actually.  If they remove some of the restrictions on free agency, and there will have a situation similar to that of the NBA, where players are controlling where they go years in advance through cooperation with other player.  If that happens in the NFL, you're looking at powerhouse teams again, and a removal of parity.  Their postseason will become junk just like the NBA's. 

This lockout is ugly, and it's turning fans away from the NFL, particularly this one. 

Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:02 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

What are the details of the retirement plan for players?  How do you qualify?  When does it kick in?  How much does the retiree earn?

The players are the product; the NFL is almost as far away from capitalism as the WNBA is from entertainment...

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