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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 CBSSports.com. "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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

The players and owners are so self absorbed with themselves that both sides will ultimately kill the goose that laid the golden egg - if they haven't already. If both sides would pull their collective heads out of their asses they would see there appears to be little or no empathy for players or owners from the general fan base.

I'm just an average guy and former season ticket holder who enjoys football but gave up my tickets last season because the price point of an NFL game exceeded it's entertainment value for me. Because of the distance I live from my home team - gas, parking, and supplies for a moderate tailgate was going to cost me close to $100 a home game. That's on top of the cost of my tickets. I decided to stay home and catch the games on TV. I missed the atmosphere of game day initially but that eventually subsided. I still follow my team but the time and money I've saved has given me the perspective players and owners need to realize: Professional football is entertainment - not a need.




Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:55 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

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!

You may have a point.  What this country really needs is another real depression –– half the CPAs, three-quarters of the lawyers, 90% of the lobbyists in bread lines.  Then FDR II can come in and strike a few blows for the little people.  
What's that you say?  He's already here?  Naw, BHO will be lucky to finish one term, much less start on a fourth.  




Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:43 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

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!


ONLY $10,000 PER MONTH!!!...............I'LL TAKE IT



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:41 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Nice knowin' ya, NFL.
I don't give 2 squirts of you-know-what if there's ever another game.  I have better things to do than listen to a bunch of babies whine about their 'sacrifices'  - while average Joesare scrambling to keep a job, their house, gas in their tank, etc.
For my sports fix: Tennis and golf.  You win - you make all the money you deserve.  You lose, you don't.  Fair is fair.
When is the next Major?



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:41 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

ONLY $10,000 PER MONTH!!!  .........i'LL TAKE IT.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:34 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

"The simple truth is the players have all the physical risk of football; the owners only have financial risk.  The nature of the game requires that players trade their long term health to play the game and get paid well.  While I believe some players are idiots and blow their huge salaries there is truth to the claims that once the NFL is done with a player that player is discarded and most NFL journeymen, not stars, have a diminished capacity to work and live after football due to permanent football related injuries and trauma."



Green Fingers, the last time I checked, playing football was a voluntary choice.  Nobody is required to "trade their long term health" to play the game and get paid.  Perhaps these journeymen you mention should choose not to play professional football and enter the world outside of professional athletics.  These guys know the risk they take everytime they don the pads and helmet.  It is the risk they take.  The owners, in a capitalistic market, have every right to make demands on their employees.  They should never be required to open their financial books for their employees.  If the employees don't like it they can find new jobs.



By the way, the NFL has a pension system in place.  It is not like the players are going to be left without any retirement.  Maybe the players should not buy 6-7 cars when they are making money.  Maybe they should actually save some of their paychecks for life after football.  I hope the players don't cave either.  Because I know the owners won't.  Lets get some scab football going.



Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:16 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

I love how the players and the owners says they care about the fans. That is so much from the truth
it is laughable. They only care about themselves and how much money they can make. It seems to
me that both sides are missing the point and have no idea what is going on in the real world. Energy
prices are out of control, school systems can't afford to pay teachers and municipality's have to lay off law enfore
ment and Tom Brady is calling foul because the world is against him..

You have to be kidding me. One of these days somebody will realize that nobody cares and what will happen then.
In the big scheme of life Football really does not matter that much and when somebody from the union and the owners
realize that they are lucky to be in business that makes money. Who really goes to football games anyway. Can
you really afford these prices. Why should a 3.00 dollar bear cost 17.00 or parking 25.00. Remember its all about
the fans 




Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 11:16 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Healthcare is a tricky issue - but certainly, no player (or his advisors) can say they didn't knowabout the potential health risk of playing football.  
Healthcare first and foremost is the responsibility of the individual.  The league has some responsibility for helping players after they retire, but where are their financial adivsors' (e.g WHERE ARE THEIR AGENTS) responsibilities for these players after they retire?Where is the Mother whom the player bought a $200,000 House?Where is the Posse?
The line of repsonsible parties should not begin and end with the LEAGUE for these players.But, since the league continues and the owners have made money and wisely invested,There is a pot of GOLD that Players wrongly believe must be re-apportioned.
All of these guys (with the rare exception of an australian rules punter) played football for an NCAAprogram.  WHERE is the wrath against the college or NCAA?What about the injuries these guys sustain BEFORE they reach the NFL?What about the self inflicted wounds?
IS the NFL responsible for those things?
Can the employer contribute more than what we currently see for retirees, sure,  but what about the rest of the responsible parties?  starting with the player.
Hey - be like Robert Smith (Viking RB)  and Walk Away (to become a doctor) When you can Walk away.





Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 10:12 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

The simple truth is the players have all the physical risk of football; the owners only have financial risk.  The nature of the game requires that players trade their long term health to play the game and get paid well.  While I believe some players are idiots and blow their huge salaries there is truth to the claims that once the NFL is done with a player that player is discarded and most NFL journeymen, not stars, have a diminished capacity to work and live after football due to permanent football related injuries and trauma. The NFL makes tons of money, but doesn't take care of its own, the players who make the league thrive.  NFL players should have medical coverage for life because, let's face it, most have a diminished life span.  I don't think the players should cave to the owners without major concessions.  If the owners are going to save money by implementing a wage scale for drafted players then the owners need to have a retirement and injury fund for the players to access.  It needs to be easy to access and favor assisting the players rather than focusing on denying claims to save the league, or its insurance company, money.  i think this labor dispute will drag on because their is genuine mistrust on each side of the other.  Personally, I wouldn't mind a season without the NFL for players and owners to learn that life will go on without them and help them understand that they only are in demand and make money because of the fans.   



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:53 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Perfectly said!  Finally, someone on this site that actually gets it.



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