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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 "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: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 4:09 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Well Done!

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 4:07 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

For all of you working class guys like myself, go try telling the owner of your company that you want 50 cents of every dollar that comes in, you know what the answer will be, no need for me to say it.  I am pro players on a few issues I feel are important, like extending healtcare benefits for a longer period once out of the league if tenured.   Also the pensions for tenured players needs to be adressed.  I am pro owners on the rest of the issues.  No matter how you try to cut it up the bottom line is players are EMPLOYEES.  You don't tell the boss what to do and you dont get to look at the books, I am willing to say that 95 percent (or maybe even higher, im being nice) don't know what the hell they are looking at.  The owner drafts you..signs you to a contract and pays you accordingly.  THE OWNERS take all the risks in this buisness.  Once you are long gone as a player the owner still has to field a competitive team, pay for marketing ( even if you just finished 2-14) facilities, office payroll of many employees behind the scenes and so forth.  This is getting absolutely disgusting at this point, and I can honestly I am close to not even caring about the NFL season this year.  Usually myself and loyal fans are getting pyched up for the draft, watching the mocks, see who didnt get arrested on your know parts of what make this leauge special until September....a big, fun and exciting build up to  when toe meets leather.  That part has already been damaged with the fans, and as we get closer to the rest of it, I just don't know anymore.  I am hopeful for a season still though, I just don't think it will have the same zest it has in the past. 

Some damage has already been done.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:33 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

This whole thing is ridiculous - the players are employees.  If they don't like the pay being offered, go find another employer, the way anyone else in the world would.  The fact that no other league would offer them even 1/10th of what they make now has no importance.

They dont have the right to see their employer's financial records, and they already get paid a ton of money - most make more in one season than any of us make in an entire lifetime, so them pleading poverty is nonsense.

The owners are rich because of their business investments - if the players want to be more involved in the business of the NFL and they want more of a share of the benefits, then they should be willing to take a share of the risks and costs of the business as well: 

When the team loses money, all of the players can contribute to making up the shortfall. 
When the team builds a new stadium, all of the players can chip in towards the cost, and eliminate city funding for the stadiums.
When someone sues the team because they slipped and fell in a puddle of beer, the players can all pay for part of the settlement.

Of course, that would also include self-policing themselves, and not whining incessantly when someone gets suspended because they shot a stripper or ran over someone while drunk.

What?  No fair?  Tough cookies - you get it one way or the other.  If you're a partner, you're a partner, with all of the risks and benefits therein.  If you're an employee, you negotiate your salary, you either accept the job and do the job, or you go find another employer.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 2:23 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth


 That was funny as hell, spur21champs. I do the same thing! Except Cowboys, GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 2:22 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

if SJ39 says its true, we should believe em!

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:16 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

it would not only change everything in the NFL, but everything in all professional sports in the USA. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:44 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

It would help if whomever posted this message was a) more clear about the facts, and b) understood the specifics themselves, because what Goodell stated is fact, not fiction, and not a lie.

The suit being brought forth is a direct challenge to free agency, the salary cap, AND the draft, among other things and if the players win, everything in the NFL would change.

The real problem arises when players, such as Jackson, are not even aware of what the lawsuits being brought against the NFL are, or include. This is actually a lawsuit brought against the NFL by former players, which was lumped into the Brady case is the actual suit that challenges the NFL, and is designed to challenge it's antitrust exemption. If the players were to win this suit, we would all lose as it would then create 32 seperate businesses vying for players with no rules governing it at all. for a more detailed explanation of this, here's a link.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:32 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

It's pretty simple.  The players want change, but are willing to play football, don't want the season stopped, and aren't going to strike.  The owners want change, and if they don't get it, they'll lock out the players and shut down the season.

The owners are like a middle school kid in the sandlot game who gets upset over a call, and says that if the argument doesn't go his way, he'll just take his football (the only one you guys have) and go home.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:25 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

the billionaire owners will end up paying whatever the union wants and just use that as an excuse for jacking prices of things way up for all the chump fans---that's why they are billionaires and all the chumps will pay whatever they say.  party on---the milloinaires need some new bentleys!!

Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:24 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Great comment.  And I'm sure you, like many other Cowboy fans, have to put the seat down to take a leak.  Go Saints.

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