44 Lies Roger Goodell Told In His Press Conference Today

  1. "It has been a season of amazing competition, challenges and real progress."
  2. "The NFL is made up of good and caring people."
  3. "We are doing more to protect our players from unnecessary risks."
  4. "Concussions were down 25%."
  5. "The quality of the game continues to improve."
  6. "Last year, technology improved…
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Brent Grimes's Wife To NFL: "Havent U Guys Shit On Him Enough?"

Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes just went to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season and made its biggest highlight (if such a thing exists) with this pretty interception. What should've been a good weekend for Brent and his wife Miko was not, as Miko explained in a long Twitter rant this evening. » 1/26/15 7:39pm Monday 7:39pm

GQ: Goodell Berates NFL Employees for Being Overpaid

Over at my other day job, GQ just posted this big fat schlongread from Gabriel Sherman about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. You should head over there and read the whole thing now, because the piece does wonders for anyone who (like me) is looking to hate Goodell even more than they already do. In light of the events… » 1/26/15 9:44am Monday 9:44am

Richard Sherman: NFL Won't Punish Patriots Due To "Conflict Of Interest"

The Seahawks have arrived in Arizona, and while many players have declared that it's time to start focusing on football(big game next Sunday, you know) instead of the deflation scandal, Richard Sherman didn't hesitate to fire the first shots and predict the Patriots will get off scot-free because owner Robert Kraft is… » 1/26/15 9:10am Monday 9:10am

NBC Carries NFL's Water With Pre-Written Statement On Mueller Report

Here is Al Michaels reading a script about Roger Goodell and the recently released Mueller Report—we have included the feed from Michaels's microphone for the minute before he reads, so you can hear him consulting with his producer and shuffling the papers of the prepared statement—and the conversation he had with… » 1/10/15 6:00pm 1/10/15 6:00pm

Meet The Dunce Ex-Cop Who Fucked Up The NFL's Ray Rice Investigation

Throughout the coverage of the NFL's handling of Ray Rice, talk of the league's investigatory arm has for the most part presumed a certain level of competence. The NFL employs a number of former law enforcement agents, and has billions of dollars besides—it's got to be capable of getting any information it so desires,… » 1/09/15 1:22pm 1/09/15 1:22pm

Roger Goodell Failed, So Now He's More Powerful Than Ever

Unsurprisingly, former FBI director Robert Mueller's report has absolved Roger Goodell and the NFL of any major wrongdoing or misdirection in their handling of the Ray Rice case. We always knew that was going to happen. What's really disturbing about the report is how perfectly its conclusions align with and serve… » 1/08/15 3:19pm 1/08/15 3:19pm

NFL-Backed Investigation: NFL Didn't Lie About Seeing Ray Rice Tape

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case has been released. We're still reading through it, but the report's big conclusion so far is that despite an Associated Press report claiming that the NFL had received a tape showing Ray Rice knocking out Janay Palmer… » 1/08/15 2:06pm 1/08/15 2:06pm

2014 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Roger Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell showed his ass to everyone this year. The leak of surveillance footage showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in an elevator led to Goodell, who'd spent years carefully cultivating a reputation for square-jawed competence, standing revealed for all… » 1/07/15 12:01pm 1/07/15 12:01pm

NFL Claims ESPN Is Lying About Damning Email

The NFL has fired back at ESPN and Don Van Natta Jr., who this week published quotes from what is reportedly an internal NFL email that all but confirms what everyone already assumed: that the NFL was lying when Roger Goodell assured owners that his office had done everything in its power to obtain the second Ray… » 12/12/14 3:17pm 12/12/14 3:17pm

Transcript: Roger Goodell Doesn't Know What's Going On

ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. published a nice scoop yesterday, having gotten his hands on the transcript from Ray Rice's suspension appeal hearing. He highlights one particular exchange which shows that if you take him at his word, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has absolutely no idea what's going on in his own operation… » 12/11/14 11:41am 12/11/14 11:41am

Peter King Is A Goddamn Embarrassment

SI.com's Peter King, the most powerful NFL writer in the business, sees his job as flattering other powerful people so that they'll allow him to uncritically pass on whatever they'd like to have passed on. He's very good at it, as the incredible correction buried a couple of thousand words into his latest column shows. » 12/01/14 3:45pm 12/01/14 3:45pm

What Happened When Janay Rice Met With The NFL In June?

The NFL has consistently shown throughout the Ray Rice saga it has no idea how to deal with domestic assault, perhaps not more obviously than when the league interviewed Janay and Ray Rice at the same time during a June 16th hearing. Questioning the victim of domestic assault in the presence of her attacker, let alone… » 11/28/14 5:07pm 11/28/14 5:07pm