NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith was critical of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on a number of topics Thursday, ranging from punishments to expanded playoffs to HGH testing.
Smith, speaking to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, criticized Goodell and the league for a double standard when it comes to punishments, particularly in the case of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who has yet to be disciplined after he was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor offenses in March.
“The commissioner understands that there is a significant credibility gap that exists in the National Football League,” Smith said. “What troubles our players is the speed and the deliberateness of the punishment that they have seen in the past when it comes to a player. There isn’t the same speed or deliberate action when it comes to an owner, and that’s a problem.”
Players have been critical of Goodell for the delay in judgment against Irsay, who was arrested March 16 for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated and while in the possession of $29,000 and prescription drugs that weren’t in his name, according to police reports.
Smith was equally as pointed about Goodell when it came to the topic of HGH testing and why it’s been held up to this point.
“It’s not being held up on anything that has to do with HGH,” Smith said. “It’s not being held up on anything that has to do with DUIs. It’s not being held up on anything that has to do with the frequency of testing.
“It’s being held up because one man wants to keep the power to be the judge, jury and executioner. That’s not right.”
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