NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he is “very open” to changing his role in the player discipline process.
“It’s become extremely time consuming“, Goodell said Tuesday morning on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, dancing around accusations of impartiality levied at him as part of the NFL’s “Deflategate” investigation.
Goodell suggested he’s resistant to using a third-party arbitrator, but said a disciplinary officer or panel could represent a better system than the NFL’s current model (in which Goodell himself essentially has the power to be judge, jury, and executioner).
Goodell revealed he began discussions last week with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith about improving the system.
Goodell insisted he’s “not aware of any connection” between the procedures the NFL used in investigating and doling out discipline for the “Spygate” scandal and “Deflategate“.
This assertion lies in stark contrast to an ESPN report published Tuesday about the New England Patriots’ alleged history of cheating and the NFL’s punishment thereof.
Asked why he won’t attend the season-opening game in New England, Goodell reiterated that he doesn’t want to be a distraction and pointed out he attended the Patriots’ previous two home openers.