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Toomer apologizes for Gestapo comment

4/22/2011

During an appearance on Wednesday’s Outside The Lines, former Giant Amani Toomer likened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s power and how he wielded it as “kind of a Gestapo-type situation.”

Toomer apologized on Thursday, sending an email out to some reporters for his Gestapo comment. The Gestapo was the name for the secret police of the Nazi.

"I know most of you have seen or heard my comments from yesterday about Commissioner Goodell,” Toomer said in the email according to Newsday. “Some of you have probably already, rightfully, taken me to task for my remarks. I want to offer this apology.”

“Obviously I didn't fully understand the meaning of what I said. I do now. It was a stupid, inappropriate and offensive thing to say. I apologize for my choice of words, and I apologize to Commissioner Goodell for the offensive characterization. Sincerely, Amani Toomer.”

The Giants all-time leading receiver said on a panel discussion on Wednesday that some players were upset with Goodell over the way he wields his power.

“I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this, the way he’s kind of using his power, is like the kind of a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work,” Toomer said. “It rubs a lot of players the wrong way, and that’s why you see a lot of players now lashing out at Mr. Goodell because they don’t feel that it’s fair. We have a legal system in this country. We should let it play itself out before you arbitrarily lay down these laws. It is just way too much power for one person to have.”