'Boo this man': NFL stars blast Commissioner Roger Goodell for 'pointless' press conference
By RYAN GORMAN
Roger Goodell's vows to make changes and hold people accountable appear to have fallen on deaf ears as his own players took to Twitter to bash the NFL Commissioner.
Goodell's refusal to tell reporters specifically what former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice told him about the night he knocked out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator led star players to speak out against him in an unprecedented mutiny.
Boo this man... 👻- Sidney Rice (@sidneyrice) September 19, 2014
Goodell repeatedly emphasized that he "got it wrong" and vowed to "get it right," Sydney Rice pounced again.
I know some people that got it wrong and don't have a job anymore. Does this mean it's ok to get it wrong? You gain 0 yards on an inc pass!- Sidney Rice (@sidneyrice) September 19, 2014
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith also chimed in.
What Roger just said is the exact same thing that players say when they make a mistake and plead their case- Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 19, 2014
Goodell rehashed a number of points from a Friday morning memo leaked to the media the detailed the league's funding and promotion of two domestic and sexual violence outreach organizations, and also a new player education program, but said little else of substance.
He danced his way around a question from CNN's Rachel Nichols about the possible conflict of interest having former FBI Director Robert Mueller leading an investigation into what the league knew about Ray Rice's infamous night out.
This press conference is pointless- Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) September 19, 2014
Goodell, at one point, even came across as condescending in explaining due process to Nichols, a veteran NFL reporter.
The press conference was then mercifully ended when a media advisor yanked the flailing commissioner off stage.