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Burnett blasts Goodell as 'blatant liar'

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08:00 AM ET 03.17 | Kevin Burnett pointed a finger directly at Roger Goodell as the man most responsible for NFL labor strife. Burnett excoriated Goodell in comments this week to XX Sports Radio in San Diego (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). Said Burnett: "Goodell's full of it. He's a liar. You're a blatant liar. 'It's our league, it's we, we love the players, we want the league,' but what have you done for the players? What have you done, in all honesty, to improve the game, besides fine guys, besides take money away from guys, besides change a game that you've never played? ... He's done nothing to improve the game." The NFL imposed a lockout on players last week after negotiations with the NFLPA for a new collective bargaining agreement broke off. The sides are due in court on April 6.

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March 17, 2011  08:08 AM ET

At least these comments are more on point than what Adrian Peterson spouted off about the other day.

March 17, 2011  08:14 AM ET

That's pretty bold talk about the boss from someone treated like a slave.

March 17, 2011  08:15 AM ET

This is getting uglier by the day.

March 17, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Goodell is a tool of the owners, plain and simple. The most telling thing he said was the other day when he kept talking about "I sincerely want them to understand what we propose", although he has NEVER indicated any interest in sincerely understanding what the other side's concerns are. If he ever once said "I hear the players concerns that ...", then I would consider him to be an actual commissioner, not a management lackey. You have two ears and only one mouth for a reason ... Goodell should try listening to the players on occasion rather than always trying to talk them into submission.

March 17, 2011  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Goodell is a tool of the owners, plain and simple. The most telling thing he said was the other day when he kept talking about "I sincerely want them to understand what we propose", although he has NEVER indicated any interest in sincerely understanding what the other side's concerns are. If he ever once said "I hear the players concerns that ...", then I would consider him to be an actual commissioner, not a management lackey. You have two ears and only one mouth for a reason ... Goodell should try listening to the players on occasion rather than always trying to talk them into submission.

Actually, the first four words of your post were really all that was needed.

March 17, 2011  08:37 AM ET

But....but....but....didn't he bring American football to England? Doesn't that carry more weight than anything else this side of Albert Haynesworth?

March 17, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Goodell has to be the worse commissioner of all time (Yes, I know out of 3 in the NFL). Pete Rozelle is turning over in his grave. Bring back Tagliabue!

March 17, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Give this man an F.

March 17, 2011  08:55 AM ET

I never trusted that dbagg!

March 17, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I never trusted that dbagg!

I didn't know you were Irish McCount.

March 17, 2011  08:57 AM ET

One of the problems is that Neither Goodell or DeMaurice (go to war!) Smith have ever played the game.

March 17, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Goodell is paid by the owners, and not the NFLPA.

What have the players done to improve the game?

March 17, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What have the players done to improve the game?

They've gotten bigger and faster. They've risked their entire educational career playing football instead of getting an education. Making it in the NFL is a crapshoot, and a lot of guys end up without the education they paid for just for a chance of playing. Every game, and even every practice, they risk an injury that could end their career on the spot, or turn them into a crippled vegetable by the time they're 50. Look at Dave Duerson.

And some of them date and even marry hot chicks whose pictures would be much nicer than the one they've got up for this thread.

March 17, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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Yeah, give this man an F, too. Maybe an F***.

March 17, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I didn't know you were Irish McCount.

On my mothers side. the rest is Norwegian.

March 17, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Yeah it's just like modern day slavery. No personal conduct policy? No drug testing? Stupid.

March 17, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Who cares what some overpaid jock has to say? Geez like it's relevant or something.

March 17, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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They've risked their entire educational career playing football instead of getting an education.

This is a load of crap. Without 'playing football', 75 percent of these guys would be smoking rock and capping rivals, not getting an education. Most of them attend college for 3 or 4 years without even absorbing anything by osmosis, let alone *learning* anything besides how to get a salary without the NCAA finding out.

Support the players, but leave out the hyperbole.

March 17, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

They've gotten bigger and faster. They've risked their entire educational career playing football instead of getting an education. Making it in the NFL is a crapshoot, and a lot of guys end up without the education they paid for just for a chance of playing. Every game, and even every practice, they risk an injury that could end their career on the spot, or turn them into a crippled vegetable by the time they're 50. Look at Dave Duerson.And some of them date and even marry hot chicks whose pictures would be much nicer than the one they've got up for this thread.

That description also fits bikers.

 
March 17, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I never trusted that dbagg!

which dbagg?

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