NFL Increasing Restrictions on Celebratory Behavior
The NFL’s policies on celebrations, clothes, and ridicule of officiating have been highly criticized recently. Senior Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandino, told the media that there are certain things which are not acceptable for a post-touchdown celebration, such as sexually-suggestive dancing, gestures that portray violence and/or the use of props, spinning the ball at the opponent, or anything which bears resemblance to choreography.
Blandino also gave further explanations regarding sexually suggestive dancing by saying, “If it looks like it, it probably is.”
Many of the players are of the opinion that the league, and Commissioner Roger Goodell, have been given too much power. Some are of the opinion that the role of Goodell as judge, jury, and oftentimes executioner, is a lot of power for just one man to have.
Drew Brees, QB of the New Orleans Saints, while talking to media, was asked about Roger Goodell, about which he said that he has trust neither in the league nor Roger Goodell.
“I think we would all agree that he has too much power,” said Brees. “He is judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to all the discipline. I’m not going to trust any league-led investigation when it comes to anything. It’s not transparent.”
Tony Gonzalez, a former tight-end of the Kansas City Chiefs, says that players are right about Roger Goodell having too much power—but if they want to blame someone for that, they should look in the mirror.
The only reason that the league and Goodell have so much power is because the players let them have it.
A lot of influential people and the players themselves are not satisfied with the current situation, and, if left unchecked, this situation can lead to the further downfall of NFL, which, in recent years, has begun to slip down that ever-slippery slope. The NFL is constantly facing loads of criticism, and, whether rightly or wrongly, many are blaming Roger Goodell for that.
In a memo, Goodell has admitted to the flaws by stating, “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will”.
The league and Roger Goodell certainly have more power and influence than they should have, but the players of NFL are the only one who can be blamed for the current situation, as it was the union of the players which agreed to the deal of giving Goodell all the rights and authority that he has today.
The rules are made to execute discipline, not to control the actions of a team completely. Most of the players are choking because of the strict rules being imposed on them, and its consequences can never be good.