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Brees Causes Waves, Says NFL Players Don't Trust Goodell

If anyone on the New Orleans Saints roster can speak his mind and garner both attention and respect, it is quarterback Drew Brees (Photo: Parker Waters).If anyone on the New Orleans Saints roster can speak his mind and garner both attention and respect, it is quarterback Drew Brees (Photo: Parker Waters).

When Drew Brees speaks, many people listen. And not just in New Orleans.

After a training camp practice this past weekend in Metairie, the Saints quarterback fired the latest salvo at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"Nobody trusts him. Nobody trusts him," Brees said when asked about players' attitudes toward Goodell. "I'm not talking about a DUI, or using a gun in a strip club, which are pretty clear violations. I think there're too many times where the league has come to its decision in a case before calling a guy in, and the interview is just a façade. I think now if a guy has to come in to talk to Roger, he'll be very hesitant because he'll think the conclusion has already been reached."

While two current and two other former Brees teammates with the Saints await word from a New Orleans federal court whether their injunction to block suspensions by the NFL from the 'bounty' scheme claims against the team, the court of public opinion to be stirred by more questions about whether Goodell has used his power fairly in this case.

Ironically, the Saints will take center stage on the field this weekend when they take on Arizona at Canton, Ohio in the annual Hall of Fame preseason opener. The contest will be shown on the league's own channel, the NFL Network.

 

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