Roddy White: Goodell has 'dictatorship'

July, 21, 2011
7/21/11
3:44
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Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White can be outspoken, but it usually comes in a playful sort of way.

Not this time, though. This time, White comes off sounding a bit like Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison, who called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook’’ and a “devil."

"It's like a dictatorship," White said on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning." "[Goodell] just comes off as a different kind of guy. ... Just talk to the players a little bit more, and I think people can see eye to eye with him. But he doesn't do that. He doesn't interact with us, so we kinda stay as far away from him as possible."

White wasn’t talking only about the league’s labor situation. He was talking about Goodell’s tenure in general, and he’s not the only player unhappy with the way the commissioner hands out fines for on-field infractions and for his strict personal-conduct penalty.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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