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Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:42 pm
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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.



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Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:52 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Amen!  I love the game of football, not any one single player!  With replacements, by the half way mark of the season, we all would have our "new" favorite players.  Kick all the old players out, get some new ones who appreciate being there and let's play some ball.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:51 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

I still cannot fathom how any NFL fan can side with the owners here.  Retirement benefits, an 18-game schedule, and rookie wages have been the main topics constantly discussed openly and in each case it is the owners who are unreasonable.  Players make the game.  Owners pay the players.  Therefore each side has a right to voice its opinion and not be forced into anything it adamently does not want.  But once again, it is the OWNERS who are attempting to force major changes and it is the OWNERS who will not allow players, or coaches and all other NFL staff for that matter, to do their jobs.

GOODELL is Patheitc, just like his LYING fox news wife!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:50 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

I AGREE 100% WITH THIS STATEMENT!!

I still cannot fathom how any NFL fan can side with the owners here.  Retirement benefits, an 18-game schedule, and rookie wages have been the main topics constantly discussed openly and in each case it is the owners who are unreasonable.  Players make the game.  Owners pay the players.  Therefore each side has a right to voice its opinion and not be forced into anything it adamently does not want.  But once again, it is the OWNERS who are attempting to force major changes and it is the OWNERS who will not allow players, or coaches and all other NFL staff for that matter, to do their jobs.





Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:12 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

I still cannot fathom how any NFL fan can side with the owners here.  Retirement benefits, an 18-game schedule, and rookie wages have been the main topics constantly discussed openly and in each case it is the owners who are unreasonable.  Players make the game.  Owners pay the players.  Therefore each side has a right to voice its opinion and not be forced into anything it adamently does not want.  But once again, it is the OWNERS who are attempting to force major changes and it is the OWNERS who will not allow players, or coaches and all other NFL staff for that matter, to do their jobs. 



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:08 am
 

Time to Pay Up!

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!



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:54 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Looking at labor unions negotiating with owners the one glaring item missing is truthfulness, and the one item always used is distortion. Does anyone accept the Players Union disbanded? Is there any truth there? The players want unfettered free agency, medical for life and they really want Goodell gone as he does something that no one has ever done in their lives and thats hold them accountable for their actions. Stealing,drunk driving, drugs and alcohol abuse ,assaults,spousal abuse and the list goes on. We who haven't the ability to play at the level they play at are just supposed to bow under to the athletic greatness and give them the same deferrence that was shown to them in high school and college where whatever they did wasn't judged under the same standards as the rest of society.
Life is changing colleges now are stepping up and trying to get the players attention, and now Goodell is doing the same. How pathetic that they sit and whine like girly men that they have been singled out just because they broke the rules of society, that their place of employment now suspends them taking money outta the hands of them and their entourage.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:53 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

"Nowhere else in America are workers paid anywhere close to professional athletes,but yet, the owners are unfair, BULLS*IT."
hsparock -- Ever heard of two little places called Los Angeles and New York City?   Where hedge fund managers and actors/producers make multiples of the average of nfl salary, not to mention with no risk of physical injury and much longer career spans.   You can hate on the players if you choose, but the economic facts of the negotiation aren't subject to debate.   The players are willing to play this year under the current CBA, the owners are not -- that is indisputable.   



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 7:52 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

i believe both sides are clearly peeing in the pool.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 7:20 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

The league is flat out lying and they have been the whole time. The players don't deserve any sympathy or anything, they are well taken care of to do something they love, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it is the OWNERS who are locking out layers, it is the OWNERS who opted out of the old deal, the deal that had everything that made the league what it is. The players weren't challenging the cap or the draft, they may be challenging the draft while a lockout is in place, but that is something completely different. Keep buying the propaganda the league is shoving down your throat if you want, but I don't buy it.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 6:52 am
 

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

I love Steven Jackson's comment.  So simple and direct.  And then the capper, "How could he miss that?" - LOL   



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