Monday, March 18, 2013
Goodell: Combine questions not right
PHOENIX -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell calls it "unacceptable" to ask a college player at the scouting combine any questions about his sexual orientation.
Several players indicated they were asked such questions, and the New York attorney general has urged the NFL to investigate. Goodell says the league will make clear to the team at this week's owners meetings "what they can ask and what they can't."
By doing so, Goodell says Monday, "I hope that'll solve the problem."
Michigan quarterback-turned-receiver Denard Robinson, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa and Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell indicated they were asked about their sexual orientation at the combine in Indianapolis.
• Said NFL will not be adding teams to the playoffs this season, but still is discussing an expanded postseason.
• Said New Orleans "deserves" to host another Super Bowl despite the in-game blackout that stopped play for 32 minutes.
• Said there will be no change to the $36 million salary cap reduction the Washington Redskins were hit with in 2012; $18 million last year and $18 million this year. Redskins general manager Bruce Allen recently called the penalty "a travesty of fairness."
• Admitted there was improved effort in the players' performance at the Pro Bowl and there will be further discussions here on its future.
• Reiterated the league's desire to place a franchise in Los Angeles. He even thought Philip Anschutz's decision not to sell AEG, which has interest in building a stadium downtown, is "very positive."
"We want to get back to Los Angeles, but we are going to look at every alternative we have to do that successfully," he said.
• Said the league is expanding a relationship with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.