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  • Published: Aug 2nd, 2014
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Roger Goodell is lying again.

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First of all, the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell doesn’t have the guts to answer questions in a real press conference. He had to hide behind the noise of the wind and others talking around him to answer questions about the Ray Rice suspension. What was he trying to hide? The answer is that the NFL does not care about women as fans or give a rats hind end for their safety.

Here is what he said and my comments on those responses.

Our policy is clear.

The NFL policy on abuse of women is anything but clear. In 2010 Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual battery in Georgia. Although it was the second accusation of sexual abuse against him no charges were filed in either case. Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for 6 games. Under appeal it was ultimately reduced to 4 games. Until now that was the standard. Now that standard has been reduced to a gentle tap on the back of the hand.

In this case not only did Rice admit guilt (it is hard to deny when there is video evidence of the crime) but he was sentenced. Admittedly the penalty of a diversionary program is not sever. But it was a conviction and sentencing anyway.

The NFL has a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable.

Rog, you had a fairly firm policy but that was thrown out with the Rice decision. Now the NFL has told women they are own against NFL players. Before even an accusation was enough to generate a suspension. Now anything goes and the penalty will be just a couple of games.

You run through the process of evaluating the issue and if there will be discipline

There could not have been a lot of evaluating on the Rice issue. There was video inside as well as outside the elevator where the assault took place. I am sure that the NFL got video of the assault. Even so, they still let Rice off lightly.

You have an opportunity to sit down with that individual to determine how that individual is reacting to it.

Frankly, I don’t care how he reacted to his attack on his lady. Of course he is sorry that he was caught on video. He is sorry he had to talk with Goodell. But that does not diminish what he did.

Criminal justice system put him in a diversionary program with no discipline

By accepting entry to the diversionary program, Rice admitted he was guilty. The fact that he got off with next to no punishment should not have affected his discipline by the league. Could it be that Atlantic City likes having NFL players come to town. With a number of casinos shutting down, it looks like they can use all the visitors they can get.

We thought it was appropriate to have discipline.

Then Rog, why did you tap Rice on the back of the hand rather than making a point with a substantial suspension?

Ray has said he wants to make a powerful difference in this area.

Rog, he has made a powerful difference in the area of spouse abuse. Every future abuser will appeal the suspension claiming that the “Rice Principle” should be applied. You made sure that we will hear about the light suspension for years to come.

We have to remain consistent. We can’t just make up discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases.

I explained how consistent the Rice decision was in my article “Roger Goodell’s NFL Wheel of Misfortune!” which appears below this post. Rog, you seem to pulling the suspensions for abuse of females out of your …. You have been making up discipline as you go based on very little. This has to stop.

I heard from Ray and Janay.

Confronted with you, your staff, the management of the Ravens, and her new husband, Janay had no choice but to comply with the company line of what happened. She indicated she provoked him prior to the attack in their joint press conference earlier. But with all that impressive and imposing testosterone in the room, what choice did she have but to beg you for a reduced suspension for Ray?

The NFL has turned it back on retired players by doing everything they could to prevent having to pay for decent retirement or health care. The NFLPA does not even claim to represent the interests of retired players. Now the NFL has turned its back on women. I would not be surprised if a woman’s rights group would picket the Ravens home games this year. It is a sad day when a league that pretends to care so much about breast cancer allows players to knock their women out cold. The Rice Principle indicates the NFL refuses to punish the players involved.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: Jul 30th, 2014
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I have a critical question for WR Josh Gordon

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NFC South & AFC East previews on NNR tonight 6 PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Josh Gordon’s camp is now claiming that the failed test was due to 2nd hand smoke. My question is this: Are you really so needy to be around your peeps that smoke pot that you are willing to throw away your NFL career to stay with them?

I have said before that Gordon may be too stupid to be a Brown. But that was when we all assumed that the failed test was due to him smoking weed. If (and excuse me if I don’t believe a repeat drug abuser) the 2nd hand claim is true, he looks even dumber! If that is the case, not only is he giving up millions of dollars, he is letting down a city that has had very little to celebrate over the last 50 years.

If he is suspended indefinitely I doubt we will ever see him back in the league. Nothing in his background gives me any hope he can stay clean for 12 months and be re-admitted to the NFL. I expect that he will fade away in a cloud of blue-gray smoke.

It would not surprise me to see him more dedicated to weed and his buds than he is to the NFL. He has already given up his college career at 2 schools for it. Now we will see if he is man enough to step up and change his life before he loses his career.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Jul 7th, 2014
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It is time for the NFLPA to help suspended players.

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Tonight Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I will discuss this issue and others at 6PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

The players pay the NFLPA a lot of money. Now is the time for the association to step up to do something for the suspended players like Josh Gordon.

The current NFL rules allow absolutely no contact at all between a suspended player and his team. Suspended players need more support than those on the active roster. A player like Gordon, who was already expected to be suspended for a substantial part of the 2014 season, has gotten into trouble when he is away from the structure of football. He was arrested for a DWI while he was waiting for his appeal of a suspension for a failed test. The chances are slim for him getting any relief on the drug test failure given his DWI.

Players tend to hang around with their old friends. When they have issues with failed drug tests, it often is in part due to the people around. The proof of this is the friend with weed found by police when Gordon was stopped over the Memorial Day weekend. Without the ability to get help from the team, the NFLPA needs to step in and fill the hole.

As for Gordon, rehab is the only way for him to save his career and his life. I doubt he is ready to admit he has a problem that requires rehab. But unless he gets the help he needs, he won’t survive. At this point the most important issue is Gordon’s health not his career. I tweeted that I doubt he will ever play again for the Browns. The chances of him staying clean for a year or more without a strong support system are very slim. He will likely drift back to his old friends and his old ways.

The issue is simple. Gordon cares more about his weed and liquor than he does about football. That is too bad. But it looks like he cares more about his vices than he does his life. That is a crisis.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: May 18th, 2014
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The NFL needs to change the player suspension rules.

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What part of the year do NFL coaches and general managers worry about the most? The down time of the league when players are left to their own devises. The combination of money and idle time is dangerous.

The NFL rules insures that the player has no contact with the team. The separation between team and player is supposed to be a penalty for both. But the structure and discipline of the team is exactly what players that have been suspended need most. The league keeps talking about how much it cares about the players’ health and safety. And when the player needs the team the most, the league prohibits even phone calls to team management. The league denies the type of support that can help a player get his life back on track. So what should the league do?

The league needs to change the rules to require the suspended player to continue attend meetings, training room and meals with the team but prohibit him from any field practices or games. The league could require testing on a daily basis and the team can better monitor the progress of cleansing. The structure that change would provide will help the player get clean and encourage him to stay clean in the future.

All players require structure. Players that have violated league rules need it more than most. It is counter productive for the NFL to deny that structure that suspended players need. If the league is really interested in the long term well being of the players, they would change the rules for suspended players to allow the support that they need.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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