San Diego Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett didn’t compare the NFL to slavery, but he did make some pretty big statements.
He appeared on XX Sports Radio in San Diego and was asked about Goodell’s email to season-ticket holders. Here’s what Burnett had to say.
“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.”
Hey Kevin, how about you tell us how you really feel? Burnett didn’t stop there either, he continued to blast Goodell on his drug policies.
“If a guy has a drug problem, give him an alternative, don’t just say, ‘Hey, stop doing drugs. Stamp. Six games.’ … You put them in a drug program,” he said. “OK, anybody can stick somebody in a nuthouse, but what else are you doing? What programs are you putting in place?”
I don’t know if it’s the lockout or what, but players are suddenly very open to speaking their mind. Considering the players are upset about not playing, I’m going to say it’s safe to assume that the lockout is causing the players to say things they probably shouldn’t be saying.
What Burnett doesn’t understand is that by fining and suspending players, Goodell is hoping that players will learn not to do stupid things so that it does improve the game. What’s more effective, taking a player to counseling where he doesn’t pay attention, or taking his paycheck away for four games?
If a player needs counseling, the NFL has multiple drug/alcohol related programs for players to attend. It shouldn’t be up to the commissioner to force a player to take them.