NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks about his tough “conduct policy” requiring all players to behave accordingly both on and off the field.
Goodell has made his stance very clear:
“We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct because of what it means to be part of the National Football League.”
When Goodell was less than two weeks into the “investigating” stage of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s behavior, he had a lot to say.
When asked by ESPN’s Dan Patrick on his radio show whether or not Roethlisberger had violated the NFL’s Conduct Policy, Goodell’s answer was the following:
“Yes, there has been a violation of that.The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments,” Goodell said. “You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you’ve violated a personal conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league and everyone associated with the NFL. And that is what my concern is, and I have expressed that directly to Ben, obviously, and I will be making a decision as soon as I possibly can.”
Roethlisberger’s behavior did not get a grace period, as the incident happened in March 9, 2010. So, even with no formal police charges, Goodell initially suspended Roethlisberger for the first six games of the season, with an official announcement made on April 21, 2010.
Reliever Pedro Feliciano is staying put in New York, but he will be sporting a different uniform.
The life-long Met is leaving Queens to bring his talents to the Yankees.
Feliciano is a 34-year-old lefty who inked an $8 million, two-year contract with an option for a third, to come over to the Bronx. Fans get the reassurance that GM Brian Cashman is doing his job, as this is a huge boost to counterpart Boone Logan in the bullpen.
Other than having a rubber arm (meaning it never tires), Feliciano satisfies a big hole in the Yankee bullpen against lefty hitters, an area the Red Sox loaded up on this offseason.
Over his eight years in the majors, Feliciano has a career ERA of 3.31. He set the Mets franchise record and led the NL for most relief appearances in a season, with 86 games in 2008, 88 games in 2009 and 92 games in 2010.
Last season, Feliciano pitched for 62.2 innings, allowing just one home run and striking out 56 of the 280 batters he faced. He kept lefties hitting just .211, which will make him a difference-maker in the seventh and eighth innings.
Nicknamed “Everyday Pedro,” as in 2010 he pitched back-to-back days 43 times without rest.