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Players react with disdain to Roger Goodell's news conference

Jay Busbee
Shutdown Corner

On Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended more than a week of silence by holding a tense, slightly contentious news conference. Topics included the NFL's missteps in handling the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, the league's new domestic violence and personal conduct policies, Goodell's own status as commissioner, and future oversight of the NFL and its players.

Initial consensus was that Goodell's performance was rehearsed more than sincere, empty more than meaningful. And the NFL's players delighted in Goodell's visible struggles.

Many players, past and present, zeroed in on the double standard between Goodell's "I made a mistake" excusing of his own actions and his zero-tolerance "ignorance is no excuse" approach to disciplining others:

The verdict? Unimpressed.

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Facebook or on Twitter.


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