LBS- Brees told CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Wednesday that a multitude of factors have combined to bring about the erosion of trust.
“I certainly don’t feel like things should be as contentious as they are,” Brees said. “Having been on the NFLPA Executive Committee for eight years and being a part of those negotiations back in 2011, I feel like I’ve got some interesting perspective, and then obviously going through the Bountygate debacle here and then seeing how that carried over to the way things were conducted with Deflategate and then the Ray Rice issue. It’s unfortunate because I feel like the league has lost so much trust from players and just the public in the way that they’ve handled these investigations, the lack of transparency. They’re certainly in a position where nobody believes anything that comes out of the league office right now as it pertains to really much of anything. You always feel like there’s an agenda at play and nobody’s ever telling you the truth. So, I think that’s the real issue here, the lack of trust.”
It's actually incredible what the NFL, and mainly Roger Goodell, has done. They have done such a horrific job fulfilling their job that the notion that NONE of their employees (sans the owners) trust them is no longer news. I didn't even want to write about this quote today. Not just because I have written about a similar one from the same person before, but because it's so blatantly obvious at this point. Think about that for a second. Drew Brees - a top 5 quarterback in the National Football League - just publicly questioned the integrity of it's Commissioner and it's hardly even worthy of a front page. One of the most well respected players in football just criticized the morals of the most profitable football league on the planet and it's nothing more than a title you skim past and say to yourself "yeah, no shit". Who would have ever that it would get to a point where society would feel oversaturated with factual critiques of a multi-billion dollar corporation that's clearly acting unethical (albeit within their contractual rights) directly in the face of the general public?
The only thing crazier than that is taking aim at someone that has shown that he doesn't need anything more than a suspicion to drag someone's entire reputation, career, and livelihood through the mud. Hopefully Roger Goodell already unloaded all the unjust punishments he planned to send the Saints way with DeflateGate, because I'm sure he could concoct a reason that Drew Brees deserves to sit out a quarter of the season if he was feeling sensitive enough. Something tells me his skin has been hardened by endless backlash, but you never know with someone whose one wakeup on the wrong side of the bed away from an 18 month circus over a couple of squirts of air pressure.