Roger Goodell has faced plenty of criticism over the past few years, most notably over his handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson sagas.
Furthermore, some ex-players have criticized Goodell for suspending former Carolina Panthers star and now Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for ten games.
Hardy was suspended for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. The defensive end was charged before the case against him was dropped. But despite this, Goodell saw fit to suspend him for ten games, pending an appeal on the ban.
Hating on Goodell
It is this decision amongst other things that has led former NFL receiver Joe Horn to come out with some brutal criticisms of the NFL commissioner. In an interview with TheFootballGirl.com, Horn explained his reservations about Goodell.
“I don’t like what Roger Goodell is doing. He has so much power that he can almost shut people down. I just don’t like him. And I don’t like that on draft day these kids don’t know that they’re hugging the devil," ProFootballTalk reported on Tuesday.
"They really don’t know that the man they’re hugging will rip their throat apart. If he has an opportunity to take money from them, or there’s a situation where they’re guilty before they go to court, he’ll rip them apart. And there’s nothing no one can do about it. If the owners are happy with Roger Goodell, the fans, the media, no one can take his job from him. I hate it.”
Goodell is certainly portrayed differently on draft day to his persona day to day as the NFL's ultimate boss who doesn't take any prisoners. But these comments from Horn could still arguably be classed as unfair.
It is not like Goodell unfairly selects these players. The players that come before him are rightly brought before him. And when it comes to accountability, Goodell is accountable to the most important people in the NFL - the owners.
As long as enough owners are happy with Goodell, it doesn’t matter what Joe Horn or anybody else thinks.