Saints say Roger Goodell lied about speaking to them relating to blown name in NFC championship | NFL


Roger Goodell was lastly compelled to talk publicly concerning the Saints and Rams NFC championship sport throughout his State of the League handle on Wednesday, however the gamers in New Orleans weren’t proud of what he mentioned.

Goodell was requested a number of questions concerning the non-call on Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman who bought away with move interference on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. Throughout one among his responses he mentioned, “We perceive the frustration of the followers. I’ve talked to Coach Payton, the workforce, the gamers. We perceive the frustration that they really feel proper now and we actually need to handle that.”

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Whereas Sean Payton confirmed he had a short chat with Goodell, the gamers are saying in any other case.

A number of Saints stars have stepped up after Goodell’s media convention and mentioned he lied to everybody about speaking with the gamers. Zach Strief, who final performed with the Saints in 2017, mentioned on his radio present that he spoke with gamers on the workforce and none of them heard a phrase from Goodell.

“Roger Goodell would not speak to gamers. There’s one approach to see Roger Goodell, and that is to get suspended. I’ve not seen Roger Goodell in I believe seven years. That is fairly mindblowing now, that he would not ever go to any services. He would not go to any services as a result of not one of the gamers respect him. So he walks into the room and he will get obliterated. He truly walked out in a gathering the final time he got here to New Orleans.”

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Strief mentioned he was making an attempt to consider gamers Goodell would have talked to. He first considered Ben Watson who wrote to Goodell, after which quarterback Drew Brees since he is a well-known face. They each mentioned Goodell did not speak to them.

“The person actually stands up on a podium and lies,” Strief mentioned. “It is mindblowing.” 

And only for readability, Goodell’s reply the place he apparently lied wasn’t even answering the query he was requested. The reporter needed to know why it took the commissioner of the NFL so lengthy to publicly reply to the controversy. Goodell answered by saying he did reply, by speaking to Payton and the workforce.

UPDATE: The NFL launched an announcement on this difficulty claiming Goodell didn’t say he talked to the gamers.

From ESPN’s Mike Triplett:

The NFL clarified that commissioner Roger Goodell has not talked to Saints gamers — and that he was not claiming he talked to gamers throughout his Wednesday press convention. Though it seemed like Goodell mentioned he spoke to Saints coach Sean Payton, the workforce and the gamers after the controversial no-call that helped resolve the NFC Championship Recreation, the NFL defined that Goodell was simply itemizing the entire teams that he is aware of are annoyed.

At difficulty is how Goodell made his remark. Within the NFL’s official transcript, they made the punctuation totally different than what number of media members interpreted it.

“Hear, we perceive the frustration of the followers. I’ve talked to teach Payton. The workforce, the gamers, we perceive the frustration they really feel proper now, and we actually need to handle that,” is how the NFL’s transcript reads.

The distinction is a interval after coach Payton versus a comma.

In any case, Goodell nonetheless did not reply the query offered to him, which was: Why did not he publicly handle this difficulty sooner? He responded by saying he did, however all he did was have a personal name with Payton.

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