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Former NFL Player Rightfully Calls Out Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Zach Wilson being drafted second by the New York Jets during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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NFL owners yield much power over the league.

They have the authority to control the narrative to their favor, just like what’s happening with Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder.

If they are implicated in a controversy, they can find a fall guy unless they cannot deny their involvement.

Finally, Commissioner Roger Goodell works for them, not the other way around.

That’s why former NFL player Domonique Foxworth cannot understand what’s happening regarding the sanctions for Miami Dolphins team owner Stephen M. Ross.

Foxworth tweeted, “NFL owners’ punishments should be decided by an unbiased party, not Goodell, their employee.”

For the record, Ross was proven not guilty on the tanking charges filed by former head coach Brian Flores.

Flores claimed that he was offered $100,000 for every loss he gets to improve their draft position.

However, Ross was proven guilty of tampering with quarterback Tom Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

As a result, the Dolphins forfeited their 2023 first-round and 2024 third-round picks.

Ross is also suspended indefinitely from the NFL committees he is a part of.

He is also suspended as team owner until October 17 and fined $1.5 million.

 

Ross’ Punishment Means Nothing

Even though the Dolphins were not able to sign either Brady or Payton, the league would still like to reiterate tampering as a serious violation.

However, Ross’ punishment doesn’t affect him and the Dolphins at all.

The draft picks they forfeited could be worthless, especially with their talent-laden roster that could last for several seasons.

Likewise, the $1.5 million fine is a loose change for a billionaire like Ross.

Finally, how can the league guarantee that he isn’t doing his duties as an owner?

Foxworth has a point regarding Goodell suspending Ross.

It doesn’t seem right and the sanctions don’t have a stinging bite.




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