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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Wednesday strongly criticized the way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handled the investigation into the bounty case, saying the league was all about an outcome and not a fair process, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Brees said he wants the league to be held accountable and that Goodell has has "little to no credibility" with NFL players right now.
Brees said he hates to sound like "conspiracy theorist" but said since former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has been involved the process has been very "staged," like, 'how do we get out of this mess?'"
Brees said he thinks punishments against coaches, organization were still too much.
Brees referred to the league's primary two witnesses, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and defensive assistant Mike Cerullo as "two guys who were fired from here because they didn't fit the mold" and he questioned where the two are "mentally" at this point.
Brees said he doesn't feel it's just to base entire case on the two assistants' claims.
When asked if he thought the season was stolen, Brees said: "Many might say that, but I'm not one to make excuses." Source: The Redzone Attached Thumbnails
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the team is considering expanding the NFL playoffs from 12 teams to possibly more.
Roger Goodell's truly a mastermind when it comes to controlling the public conversation around his league and sculpting the media's headlines. Barely 24 hours after some scribes in the NFL working press started to question the motivation behind the since-overturned Bountygate suspensions he delivered in the spring, the commissioner floated the prospect of a 14- or 16-team...
During his press conference at the NFL owner’s meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell told the media that they’re going to look into possibly expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to possibly 14 or 16.
Goodell just said at his presser that the league will look at expanding the playoffs to 14 or 16 teams.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 12, 2012
This is certainly one of...
During his press conference today, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t hold back from ripping former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as well as the NFL league office for how they handled the bounty scandal.
Drew Brees slams Gregg Williams and Mike Cerullo, calling both of them “disgruntled” former employees and questions their mental state.
— Jeff Darlington...
LONG NIGHTMARE IS OVER
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has vacated the suspensions and fines imposed upon Saints players as a result of the NFL's Bountygate investigation.
Jon Vilma urged a federal judge Friday to reject NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Saints linebacker.
Vilma's request to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan argues Goodell acted with ''reckless disregard for the truth'' when basing initial allegations about Vilma upon one fired Saints assistant...
With the New Orleans Saints' player suspensions overturned Tuesday on appeal, the case moved into the blame phase Wednesday. Saints quarterback Drew Brees lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell for issuing the initial player punishments that wound up being lifted by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Meanwhile, according to numerous reports that cite the Associated Press...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist ''Round up the usual suspects.''
Funny how that line near the end of ''Casablanca'' provides a fitting epitaph for Bountygate, too. Like Capt. Renault in the film classic, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was presented with a crime and empowered as both judge and jury. He considered the...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Paul Tagliabue has become one of those guys we come to appreciate much more out of office than we did when he was in it. Part of that is because history has been kind, so far, in assessing his 17-year run as commissioner.
Some of it may have to do with his successor.
Tagliabue lacked charisma, but never smarts. Low-key and...
As the criticism of Roger Goodell’s handling of Bountygate started to heat up, the NFL commissioner threw out another “talker,” expanding the playoffs, and Bountygate went to the backburner.
After the December Special League Meeting on Wednesday, Roger Goodell had some remarks that were certain to get the attention of every NFL fan everywhere. Following the meeting to determine issues to present to the Competition Committee, Goodell spoke about possibly expanding the playoff field. According to Goodell, this topic has come before the Competition [...]
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma contends in a request filed Friday with a federal judge that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell disregarded the truth while putting credibility in allegations by former Saints assistant coach Mike Cerullo. Vilma urged U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to proceed with the defamation lawsuit he filed against Goodell, which the commissioner...
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has issued a ruling regarding the the player suspension appeals in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case. After current commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the situation, Tagliabue maintained that the League’s findings against Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma were factual but rescinded the suspensions set fourth upon [...]
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With Megatron drawing closer and closer to breaking Jerry Rice single season receiving record and with the Lions out of the playoff picture, everyone and his mother knows that Stafford will be looking to feed the beast with countless targets in order to help him write his name in the NFL record books. Despite the uncharacteristic low touchdown count Calvin Johnson...