Thursday, November 5, 2009

Riggins Criticizes Goodell Over His Treatment of Rush

John Riggins, the Washington Redskins legendary running back during the late 1970s and early 1980s, doesn't like the way the Redskins are going right now.

With a 2-5 record this season who would be?

Riggins places the blame squarely on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder whom he called "a bad guy" on Showtime's Inside the NFL last night. Now, there's bad blood between Riggins and Snyder so one can take Riggins' comments as one may wish.

But what I found interesting was Riggins' criticism of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

This is a bad guy that owns this team. I'll just tell you that upfront. Bad guy. And if the commissioner is worried about potential new owners and saying some of these guys shouldn't apply, he might want to police his own inside guys.

Riggins didn't mention Rush Limbaugh by name but it is clear who he was speaking about. Goodell had criticized Limbaugh for his "divisive comments" about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2003.

Yes, I have been equally critical of Rush's comments on McNabb. But as I have also noted Rush should have been allowed to make his case and then Goodell could confront him directly with his concerns.

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