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January 30, 2015 at 11:37 AM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman’s criticisms

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held his traditional Friday-before-the-Super-Bowl press conference, and among  the topics were three related to the Seahawks. Here’s what he said:

  • Goodell was asked about how Marshawn Lynch dealt with the media here and if he would be fined for wearing a hat promoting his clothing line and not one affiliated with the NFL. Goodell said there had been no decision made on a possible fine but that it would be reviewed after the Super Bowl. As for Lynch and the media, Goodell said it has “been made very clear” to players that dealing with the media is an obligation to the fans and part of the privilege of playing in the Super Bowl. He noted that everybody has things about their jobs they may not like that they do. But he offered no specific opinion on what Lynch did here.
  • Goodell was asked about Richard Sherman’s statement during the week that if players have to be available to the media once a week that he should also be available once a week. Goodell responded that while he may not do a press conference every week that “I am available to the media almost every day of my job, professionally.”
  • Goodell was also asked about Sherman’s statement that his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft represents a conflict of interest, particularly in attempting to rule on Deflate-gate. Sherman specifically cited a picture of the two at a party earlier this month. Goodell said the party was the night before the AFC Championship and included sponsors and media partners and fans, and that attending was “part of what we do.” He said “it’s not unusual” to work closely with owners and noted that Kraft has been on some committees, such as the broadcast committee, so that he does have a relationship with Kraft and admires and respects him.But he said Kraft knows that “I am not going to compromise the integrity of the league. I think there is no doubt I will do the right thing for the NFL.”

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