Drew Brees: Comments on Roger Goodell were “honest,” but “blown out of proportion”
Drew Brees resolved to clarify his "nobody trusts" Roger Goodell remark, which created an online media frenzy on Monday. Drew Brees tried to define his position as a verified representative of players at league-level, who went forth with the so-called critical comments on Roger Goodell based on extensive contact with the players, which allowed him a better understanding of their situation.
“I've talked to many, many players, obviously, I'm on the executive committee of the Player Association, said Drew Brees. “So I talk to a lot of the guys who are involved in the union, and certainly my teammates and others. And I think that there is a general feeling that the players don't trust the commissioner.”
Drew Brees contested that the nature of the question exclusively demanded his true opinions regarding the trust-level between the players and Roger Goodell.
“I was asked a direct question and I answered it directly and honestly,” stated Drew Brees. “By no means was I trying to be disrespectful, I was just being honest.”
While it is true that not many players can take up a head-on confrontation with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell without ending up in court like linebacker Jonathan Vilma, still Drew Brees’ Monday comments sounded more than just mild criticism.
Monday’s interview hit a soft spot on the New Orleans Saints’ offseason progress when Drew Brees was questioned about the affects of Sean Payton’s year-long suspension on the team. Drew Brees is not a big fan of Roger Goodell’s policy to suspend Sean Payton and called it “completely ridiculous.” Drew Brees argued that Roger Goodell had already made up his mind on the bounty probe before calling in current and former suspended New Orleans Saints players for an interview that was “just a facade.”
“I think it was blown out of proportion a little bit when the headlines say I was blasting the commissioner,” Drew Brees sill argued. “No, that wasn’t the case. That was really all I said and I really have nothing else to say about it.”
Upon further discussion, Drew Brees said that the tense relationship between the New Orleans Saints and Roger Goodell resulting from the bounty probe may have provoked a greater interest in comments from the sports circle.
"Unfortunately, my team, my organization, has been directly affected in a very negative way by those (bounty) allegations, said Drew Brees. "I would say that we felt the process from the very beginning has not been fair. But I think if you really want to look at where we're at right now, it's not over. I think that we believe the commissioner has a great opportunity to come to a positive resolution."
Drew Brees said that from now on he will only respond to a personal request by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for further clarification on his comments.