The only real story of the NFL draft was Laremy Tunsil’s fall, after someone hacked his Twitter account to post a video of him apparently smoking pot via a gas-mask bong. It was bizarre and unprecedented and confusing as all hell, but to the NFL Commissioner, it’s just part of the show.
“I think it’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting. Clubs make decisions. Sometimes they take risks. Sometimes they do the right things. Sometimes they don’t, and we’ll see. Hopefully he is going to turn out to be a great young player.”
So, to put this out there: Goodell isn’t wrong. The Tunsil drama was the only interesting part of a draft without any other surprises.
But it’s a pretty fucking tone-deaf thing to say about a 21-year-old kid—now Goodell’s employee—who just went through someone trying to ruin his life on national TV. With all the accompanying noise, don’t forget that Tunsil is a genuine victim here: Aside from any shame and embarrassment he may have felt, even if he needn’t have, Tunsil just lost out on $7 million. And the successful sabotage revealed some serious fucked-up happenings in his personal life.
Imagine the shit-eating grin Goodell had on his face when he made that statement. Just imagine it.