Roger Goodell claims he cares about players' safety and the integrity of the game.
If he cared about player safety, he wouldn't have tried to extend the season to 18 games, nor would the league have fought the NFLPA's efforts to get more money to treat veterans' lingering injuries.
If he cared about the integrity of the game, he'd level appropriate penalties all the time, not just when he wants to grandstand.
I'm not saying the Saints didn't deserve penalties, but this judgment was at least partially motivated by the desire to make a statement. Make no mistake.
And make no mistake — the statement won't work, because Goodell is the Vince McMahon of pro sports. Teams know what they can and can't get away with depending on who they are.
"Well then, I guess there's only one thing left to do ... win the whole fuckin' thing." — Jake Taylor, Major League