Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Kevin Burnett calls Roger Goodell a 'liar'
By Bill Williamson
San Diego Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett delivered some of the strongest words of the lockout so far.
Burnett, a prospective free agent who has never been known for being outlandish with his comments, blasted commissioner Roger Goodell in an interview with a San Diego radio station.
Here is a taste of what Burnett had to say:
“Goodell’s full of it. He’s a liar,” Burnett said “You’re a blatant liar. ‘It’s our league, it’s we, we love the players, we want the league,’ but what have you done for the players? What have you done, in all honesty, to improve the game, besides fine guys, besides take money away from guys, besides change a game that you’ve never played? … He’s done nothing to improve the game.”
Burnett’s words will likely not play well in the NFL's offices and perhaps even at the Chargers’ headquarters. No team wants its players lambasting management. His comments could affect the Chargers’ interest in bringing back Burnett.
However, I think Burnett could ultimately get a pass for his emotions. But this deal is far from over. I think the insults are just starting.
Meanwhile, in other AFC West developments this afternoon:
The Denver Post puts Penn State guard Stefan Wisniewski on the radar of the Broncos, who may be looking for a guard in the second round. The idea of Wisniewski playing in Denver would create rancor in Oakland. He is the nephew of former Raiders great Steve Wisniewski, who is currently Oakland's assistant offensive line coach. Raiders coach Hue Jackson was complimentary of Wisniewski at last month’s NFL combine. Wisniewski would be a good fit in Oakland and he could be a target of the team at No. 48 if he is available.
There is a report out of San Diego that said if the lockout extends in the season, the Chargers have a way out of paying rent at Qualcomm Stadium.
There will not be any playoff re-seeding in the NFL this year.