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Jeremy Shockey rips Roger Goodell in Twitter rant about health of NFL players

As the issue of concussions and head injuries in the NFL becomes more prevalent, so too do the discussions about it on Twitter. On Sunday night, Jeremy Shockey decided to get in on the act by preaching about the negative effects playing football has on the health of players.

He is not the first player to do this and won’t be the last, but what was particularly interesting about Shockey’s rant was the way he ripped Roger Goodell and basically accused him of lying to players for the benefit of the game. Here are a few of the tweets.

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Roger Goodell became Wyatt Earp penalizing Saints for their bounty program

Have you ever found yourself sitting around, lamenting about the good old days, when bounties were prevalent and harsh justice was being served? Well, perhaps now would be a good time to get that bowler hat out of storage. If you missed it, last week brought some degree of closure to a story that was the pigskin equivalent of “Unforgiven.” The Duke of Death purportedly was played by a guy who spells the name Greg with an extra ‘g’.

The disclosure of the Saints’ tomfoolery involving paying players bonuses to harm opposing players could have easily been filed under the name “No Country for Old Men” since it was revealed that the system was put into place into 2009 around the time when the Saints were steamrolling veteran quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre in the playoffs, forcing them into premature NFL-AARP status. This policy was in place for at least three seasons. If nothing else, at least I know have a scapegoat for my recent fantasy football failures: The notorious nattering nabobs of negativism Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton, and Gregg Williams should have been fined an extra fifty dollars in a vain attempt for me to recoup my fantasy losses.

The notion of bounties conjures up images of the Old West — the actual West that is, not the one that the NFL conceived of in the 1970s that included New Orleans, Atlanta, and at one point, North Carolina and St. Louis. One week ago, Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped into the role of Wyatt Earp. Nope, there was no OK Corral, but he did play on the Crescent City’s acronym by declaring a hearty “N-O” to the Saints’ shenanigans.

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Ndamukong Suh Tweets a Picture of Roger Goodell’s Coin Collection

Now that the Lions are out of the playoff, it is time to begin preparing for next season. For most, that means staying in shape and sticking to a strict workout routine. For someone like Ndamukong Suh, that can also include buttering up the NFL commissioner in preparation of another season full of illegal stomps and players complaining about the way you play. The only problem Suh ran into this week when he stopped by to pay Roger Goodell a visit is that the commish wasn’t in. Naturally, Suh took the opportunity to look around at some of his things and share them with the world. Check out this picture of Goodell’s coin collection that Suh tweeted out on Tuesday:

There you have it. Goodell is a coin collector.  I’m not sure he wanted everyone to know the kinds of valuables he keeps in his office, but it’s too late for that now.  Better put an extra lock on the door.

Roger Goodell, NFL Reportedly Convinced Michael Vick to Join Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re wondering why Michael Vick chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles out of prison instead of a team where he would have had a chance to start, it’s because the NFL reportedly influenced his decision. In an interview conducted for GQ, Vick tells Will Leitch that he didn’t want to sign with the Eagles as a third-string quarterback.

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth… I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.”

With those comments, Vick will have ticked off at least two fan bases, and his words should incense the fans, 31 other owners, and the NFLPA. FOXSports.com reported the Bengals offered Vick a two-year contract after he was released from prison. Buffalo had just brought in Terrell Owens and wanted Vick too. Clearly Goodell did not want him starting immediately after prison and directed him to the Eagles which is nothing short of fixing the league.

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James Harrison Rips Roger Goodell, Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall

Where do we even begin with this one?  For starters, James Harrison is an idiot — but we already knew that.  This is the same guy who constantly cries about the NFL’s rules and even pretended he was going to retire rather than try to play without illegally hitting someone.

Maybe all that built up frustration is what caused the Steelers linebacker to call Roger Goodell “stupid”, a “dictator,” a “devil,” a “crook,” and a gay slur in a recent interview with Men’s Journal.  Perhaps the rules are why he was so angry he called Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison “clowns” while bashing the Patriots for stealing signals.  And maybe — just maybe — that is why he decided to call Brian Cushing “juiced out of his mind.”

The more likely scenario is that the guy is just a headcase.  However, there is still such a thing as crossing the line.  If the aforementioned trash talk doesn’t constitute crossing the line in your eyes, Harrison ripping on his own current teammates probably will.  Despite having won a Super Bowl and appeared in another with the people he was bashing, Harrison did that as well.

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Roger Goodell Booed by NFL Fans Who Chant ‘We Want Football’

There were only a few certainties entering the first round of the 2011 NFL draft: few running backs would be selected, the Patriots would trade their pick, and Roger Goodell would get booed. No surprise, all three happened. It’s only unfortunate that the Commissioner opted not to address the labor issue. This was a great chance to connect with the fans and give us some positive sentiment but instead all Goodell said was “I hear you” and “I agree with you.” Come on Rog, can’t you do better than that? At least a brief statement would have been in order, right?

Amani Toomer Compares Roger Goodell to a Nazi Gestapo

The potential of an NFL lockout has brought out the worst in all of us. As fans, we’re cranky. The owners want more money and have done a terrific job of making themselves look greedy. The players are annoyed with the owners’ unreasonable negotiating tactics. Since he happens to run the entire show, it should come as no surprise that Roger Goodell has been taking a lot of shots over the past few months.  Does that mean the commissioner should be compared to an officer in Nazi Germany?  I guess that depends on your viewpoint.

Former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer appeared on ESPN Radio Thursday morning, as Pro Football Talk pointed out, and had some interesting things to say about Goodell.

“I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way he’s kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work,” Toomer said Wednesday. “It rubs a lot of players the wrong way, and that’s why you see a lot of players now lashing out at Mr. Goodell.”

What is he talking about?  Goodell offered to reduce his salary to $1 a year if there is a player strike!  No but seriously, I can see both sides of this.  Goodell has a reputation for being a stern ruler, but the NFL needs someone like that.  When he’s cutting down on concussions and levying larger fines for head shots, it’s tough to argue he isn’t making the NFL safer.  That being said, he tends to lean toward the owners over the players so it’s easy to understand why that pisses the players off in a labor dispute.  But is he a Gestapo?  I don’t think I’d go that far.