Incognito believes Goodell has too much power

Richie Incognito felt that he was treated unfairly in regards to Miami's bullying scandal back in 2013. He also feels that Tom Brady is also dealing with an unfair situation.

Richie Incognito missed the second half of the 2013 season and sat out the entire 2014 season before he was given a second chance in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills’ starting left guard recently spoke with Newsday’s Bob Glauber about his suspension and noted that he felt he was treated unfairly.  

Incognito told Glauber that he felt NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not handle the bullying situation correctly back in 2013 and insinuated that Goodell has too much power.

"I just think it's bogus, the whole system in how it's set up with Roger and the complete, absolute power he has," Incognito said. "He has so much power and he hires independent investigators who come in and are obviously not independent. They come in with an agenda and they come in looking to find facts to back up their argument. All the facts are slanted in their favor.”

The independent investigator that Incognito was referring to was Ted Wells. Incognito believes that Wells came in ‘with a mission.’

"Ted Wells came in with a mission against me," he said. "Ted Wells came in slanted against me and everything in his report was slanted against me. There were some things in there that would have helped my cause that were left out."

Incognito believes that teammate testimony and other information was intentionally left out of Wells’ report and that Wells did the same to Tom Brady.

 "You see that in Brady's case. There's a lot of stuff that got left out. There's a lot of misinformation."

Incognito’s believes that in the future, it may be for the best if Goodell loses a bit of his power.

"I think with Roger, with so much power, just keeps fumbling over independent investigations and making everything public," he said. "I think it just needs to be a more concise system. Roger can't be the judge, jury and executioner on this thing. I understand league discipline. You have to get after guys who are being dumb. But you can't appeal back to the person who handed down your punishment. You have to get a little power out of [Goodell's] hands and get [an independent arbitrator] to take a look at it."

Buffalo’s offensive guard makes a good point about it being unfair to appeal to the person who originally punished you. The entire interview can be read here: Richie Incognito says he's a changed man and grateful to resume NFL career


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