…because he destroyed the New England Patriot cheating tapes, an act worthy of Richard Nixon and an act apparently worth a lot of money in my opinion.
Goodell disgraced himself and acted like Nixon in order to protect the NFL, and perhaps the owners are stepping up and acknowledging it.
To understand this, imagine for a moment that you are an NFL owner back in 2007 and you are made aware of possible New England’s cheating in three Superbowls. Cheating of such an extreme and obvious nature — as shown on Bill Bellichick’s extensive collection of video tapes of opponent’s play schemes — that the outcomes of those Superbowls would no longer be considered legitimate, a conclusion that might even have ramifications in Las Vegas, where millions and millions of dollars are gambled on the outcome of such games.
What would you do? You would pray to the gods that the Commissioner finds a way to “disappear” the evidence.
And sure enough, Roger Goodell did just that.
The tapes arrived sometime between Sept. 16, when Goodell said he had yet to receive them, and Sept. 20, when the N.F.L. announced all material from the investigation had been destroyed… <source>
So when a guy disgraces himself and pulls a Dick Nixon just four days later, you pay him and you pay him handsomely.
So many questions remain unanswered in a direct manner. From the New York Times:
Questions remain: How many tapes showed evidence of cheating? In what games? In the playoffs? In the Super Bowl? By other teams? <source>
We will never know for sure because Goodell destroyed the evidence. However, in doing so he answered such questions very clearly in an indirect manner, and proved beyond all doubt that they were extremely incriminating regarding the lack of integrity in the NFL from 2000 – 2007 (the years of the Bellichick / Patriots now-known-to-be-fake dynasty).
Here is one testament to the cheating advantage inherent in the video tapes:
In addition several other teams including the Steelers and Packers also accused the Patriots of signal stealing with former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward stating that when the offense would audible to another play the New England defenders would move to the new alignment before the offensive players arrived leaving no question that they in fact already knew what play had been called in the audible. <source>
And here’s a final word on this unsavory linkage and the sad truth that destroying evidence apparently pays — BIG TIME. This from Al Tortorella, the managing director of crisis management for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Roger Goodell learned what Richard Nixon did not. If the tapes are destroyed, you keep your job.