Dear Mr. Goodell, Your Hypocrisy Is Showing Again

Dear Mr. Roger Goodell,

Last season I brought to your attention that the NFL photo store was selling pictures of a concussed Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy sitting on the ground following the hit made by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison in the fourth quarter of the week 14 game. You do remember that play, don\’t you? It was the one that resulted in you suspending Mr. Harrison for one game as repeat offender of illegal hits, if you need your memory jogged.

Shortly after making you aware of this situation, the photos were quickly pulled and your league spokesman, Greg Aiello, conveniently blamed it on an automatic feed of AP photos into the system. In no way would you ever want to glorify illegal hits moving forward, and you especially would not want to use the video of illegal hits as a method of entertainment either, correct?

I think you should know now that tonight on The Top 100 Players of 2012, that is shown on the NFL Network, which just so happens to be owned and operated by your league, that Mr. Harrison ranked 29th overall. I also think that you should know that during the vignette that celebrated the ranking of Mr. Harrison, a clip was shown of his illegal hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick back in week 12 of the 2010 season. Do you remember that play? It was the play that the referee was noticed pulling out his flag before Fitzpatrick even hit the ground. To further refresh your memory, it was the play that resulted in you fining Mr. Harrison $25,000.

Now surely this had to be some sort of automatic feed error that can be blamed on the AP, correct? Surely YOUR network would not intentionally include an illegal hit replay in a video vignette as means of entertainment. That would be hypocrisy if you did. I thought that the league frowned on promotion of pictures or videos of illegal hits and their aftermath. I thought you took player safety more serious than that, especially in light of the whole New Orleans Saints Bountygate fiasco and the recent suicide of Junior Seau.

If you ask me, I think you and your league has a double standard when it comes to these types of hits. You say that you don\’t want them, but once you get them, you are not afraid to use them as a promotional tool for the league.

I am pretty sure that this little hypocritical mistake will be corrected soon, and that fans will no longer be able to watch the video that is currently available for viewing on, the official website of your league. I am enclosing a screenshot below so you can see the hypocrisy that I am referring to in this letter.


A Confused Fan

PS – Please tell Matt Light that Mr. Harrison is an outside linebacker and not a defensive end. He sounds silly.

PPS – I think Lindsay Rhodes does a great job on your network and needs a raise.

James Harrison Illegal Hit Replay On NFL Website

  • Bubba Bing

    The truth hurts. Harrison is being used as an escapegoat for when the NFL gets taken to court by ex players.

  • Jakob

    Matt Light is an idiot and proof that players should have to get a degree in journalism like everybody else who has a job at Fox, ESPN, CBS, etc. Great article/note to Lord Goodel 🙂 keep up the great work!

  • Woodleykills56

    Not that I watch this silly bogus list but I did happen to catch this clip from a Facebook link. I thought they same exact thing you just wrote. Nice article.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Dont like Goodell as our commish…wont like Goodell as our commish…wished he would step down before the NFL stands for Not For Long because he is destroying the game!

  • Jcdodson0129

    As much as I can’t stand Roger Goodell, it’s people like you that are HELPING ruin this sport. I do get your sarcasm but your points are also real. Say someone actually used your advise… We would never see those highlights of Jack Lambert or Joe Green. Never see Ray Lewis smashing some poor running back. Or the other countless great players that are smash mouth (exciting) players. Football (American) is a CONTACT sport! People get hit!! That’s the point!! Pretty soon there’s going to be size limits. “He’s too big to play in our league”… “He might (hurt) someone”…. Injuries happen. Make better equipment. Don’t take away from the damn game

  • SteelersDepot

    It is a tip that at THAT time, those hits were not illegal. Hope that helps.

  • Reader783

    He was being sarcastic the whole way through. He was simply calling Goodell a hypocrite, which he is, and told him to pick a side

  • RG sucks. He is a terrible commish. The reason he looks good to the owners is he happened to preside over the true birth of 24/7 media access, the internet, and the explosion of fan interest from online fantasy football.

  • Jabsosteel

    Excellent article…you expressed exactly what I have been feeling about “The Stuffed Suit.” Keep up the great work!

  • Jabsosteel

    True. The boob should send a portion of every paycheck he received to the blood, sweat, and tear of his predecessors that made the league into the greatness that it was when he took over as the leader of the easiest and most executable business plan on the planet. He’s done nothing to improve it and everything to ruin it from the day he took office.

  • Chris92021

    Goodell makes me wish for Tagliabue. At least Tags had the guts to stand up to the owners and oversee the NFL’s growth at an exponential rate. Goodell is a spineless spoiled rich boy who has no clue as to what the fans really want.

  • SteelSpine

    Just regarding James Harrison: He made himself known for being a player who couldnt learn the rule even tho other players did learn the rule. I would not forget James Harrison somehow couldnt learn the rule about using crown of helmet even though other pass rushers in NFL had learned the rule, & that Harrison still pretends he has no idea that so many ex-players are suing the NFL right now for claimed brain-injuries. The rule about not allowed to spear with crown of helmet had therefore been in-place & emphasized in training camps & regular seasons starting a couple years ago, so most (not all) other players learned it but Harrison kept doing it, so Harrison had to get punished, then Harrison said he needed to go visit commish to learn what the rule is. Even tho the rule was clear. That’s what is troublesome about Harrison, tho of-course he is an amazing overachiever. I don’t want a Harvard mensa-society member to be a linebacker for us, but here’s hoping Harrison stopped being a slow learner about not-being-allowed-to-spear, because Harrison’s lucky he wasnt suspended, I want offenses to have to prepare for Harrison, not JasonWorlds.

    But I know, the article is about hypocracy of showing pictures of QBs hit after illegal hits. I would like to hear RGoodell’s response to an article like this. I would love for someone to pont out to Goodell that promoting such photos is hypocracy & ask Goodell why isnt that hyprocracy. He’ll probly say what Aiello replied with, that the pictures were fed before they were caught by the NFL, but I wanna hear Goodell’s response to the hypocracy.

  • SteelSpine

    sorry to add to my own post but I meant to say lucky Harrison wasnt suspended for FOUR games or more.

  • Except, the rule is not clear, it is a judgement call. And it is nowhere near evenly applied. I have seen many, many FAR more egregious examples than Harrison’s go unflagged/unfined.

  • Georgerust

    give the comish a break. it is hard being stuck up 32 buts at one time