October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is introduced prior to kickoff of a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chargers 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Drew Brees Continues To Openly Criticize League Office

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is very unhappy with the league office and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and he is not afraid to publicly criticize the man in charge. Brees is worried about the abuse of power in the league office and he sounded off on the issue during an interview with TIME.com.

“Just the fact that, these unilateral decisions can be made without any kind of oversight, just seems like there’s — and I’m not talking about the decisions that are made when a guy gets a DUI, or when a guy gets a weapons charge, or gets caught making bad decision in that regard,” Brees told TIME’s Sean Gregory.

“You know, it seems like there’s just this abuse of power in a lot of ways when it comes to things like certainly the bounty allegations and accusations.”

Goodell does have the power to do as he pleases but it is only because the players agreed to hand him over the power in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. While Goodell does have power thanks to the players, it is easy to see why the players feel like Goodell is holding that power over them and abusing it.

Brees is also unhappy with the way Goodell has used his power — specifically, the way that Goodell handled the situation with the replacement referees.

“Disappointed with the way that the replacement referee situation went down,” Brees said.  “Really a lack of accountability from the top down.  Also, I feel like, in large part, this bounty scandal, so to speak, is a big facade, and a way to cover up the shortcomings of the league, and the commissioner, with regards to player health and safety over the last three years.”

The belief is growing that Goodell is abusing his power and it is an issue that he has to become more worried about. If the perception that Goodell is abusing his power continues to grow, the commish could have an ugly situation on his hands.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

    I applaud Drew Brees for putting his professional reputation on the line to try and help his teammates. I really do. I wish he’d stop and think before doing so though. All this talk isn’t going to stop Goodell – it hasn’t before and nothing’s changed. If Drew Brees wants to point the finger at who is responsible for Goodell’s actions, how about blaming those who gave him the power in the first place? Drew Brees was a principle member of the group of players who negotiated the current CBA. In essence, Brees helped Goodell attain his position of power. The “shortcomings of the league” he speaks of are a direct result of the lockout he and his associates created, endorsed and drew out. Now I am a big fan of Drew Brees but I’m beginning to question that fandom based on his constant abuse of the officials and the process in the press and also the way that he acted when negotiating his contract. Brees is a great player but his combative politics are becoming just a little hard to swallow.