Roddy White’s tweets about Goodell’s salary go viral

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will probably do a flip when he finds out that he won't be fined for his comments about commissioner Roger Goodell's salary.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will probably do a flip when he finds out that he won't be fined for his comments about commissioner Roger Goodell's salary.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White’s tweet about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s salary caused a firestorm nationally.

On Monday, White, who goes by @RoddyWhiteTV on Twitter.com, sent out a tweet with a link to a ProFootballTalk.com note which referenced the Sports Business Journal’s report on Goodell’s pending salary increase.

White’s tweet: “Roger Goodell is getting over never seen anything like it 20 million for looking over the league with tremendous help I guess the NFL is banking. The NFL is not a company it’s a nonprofit organization that makes a lot of profit.”

The commentators on ESPN’s Around the Horn fired some shots at White. Bill Plaschke pointed out that Goodell is the most powerful man in sports. Tim Cowlishaw ripped White and noted that he led the league in drops last season. (He also led the league in receptions in 2010.)

On Pardon the Interruption, Tony Kornheiser stated that the Goodell was worth every penny of his salary.

“I hope he saves his money,” Kornheiser said of White. “He’s probably not going to rise in the hierarchy of the league office at this point. Players come and go. People root for the uniform. That’s the way it works in the NFL.”

Kornheiser’s partner, Michael Wilbon basically described the NFL player as highly-paid help.

“While he makes a lot of money, the people who make the most money in the United States of America, they don’t run, tackle or throw or block,” Wilbon said. “They don’t dribble. They don’t switch hit. . . .they are making decisions [while] sitting in a office in a suit. Roddy White. . . what he doesn’t understand is that all of those guys make a hell of lot more money than he does for a lot longer time. He doesn’t get that.”

White didn’t buy the argument that the decision-makers are worthy of such high salaries after one of his followers made that point.

“Thats the stupidest thing i have ever heard the players make this league dont ever forget that,” White wrote.

White, who was in Chicago on Tuesday celebrating Valentine’s Day with his girlfriend, didn’t want his tweets to go published for fear of being fined. Other players who have been critical of Goodell have not been fined, but Pittsburgh’s James Harrison apologized after calling Goodell “the devil” in a magazine article.

NFL spokeman Greg Aiello, in an e-mail to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wrote that White could not be fined.

White signed a six-year, $50 million extension with the Falcons in 2009.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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171 comments Add your comment

Earl

February 14th, 2012
6:40 pm

Roddy needs to get a grip!!!

Dano

February 14th, 2012
6:42 pm

I find it apalling how Roddy thinks that people who “run, tackle or throw or block” are entitled to that kind of money, yet those of us who “don’t run, tackle or throw or block” are apparently second class citizens. NO ATHLETE, or any one in the business called “sport” is worth that kind of money. Those of us who are not athletes at least are able to contribute some kind of skills to society as a whole, where as those who only know how to “run, tackle or throw or block”, as a rule, don’t contribute at all. Thank you Mr. White for making me see the light! I am seriously dropping all affiliations with professional sports since those people are not appreciative of my skill set!!

Earl

February 14th, 2012
6:44 pm

White is rapidly turning in to one of those “All Mouth” and no substance. He says that the PLAYERS make the league. I say the FANS make the league.

Roddy, since you now can’t understand why Roger makes that kind of money, maybe you should now look at it from a fan’s perspective, and mine is that YOU make wayyyyyyyyyyyy too much. Check the ticket prices and shut up.

Boone

February 14th, 2012
6:44 pm

Hey, here is a great idea: LETS BAN ALL MORONS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA!!!

Earl

February 14th, 2012
6:46 pm

Roddy is a legend in his own mind. Can’t get open deep and is only good for a 5 yard pass and hope to get 5 more. Very very very overrated.

George Stein

February 14th, 2012
6:51 pm

Why does Roddy care what Goodell makes? It’s not taking a dime out of his pocket.

44counter

February 14th, 2012
6:51 pm

See Dano, if you were a conservative, then you would understand that free market also applies to sports.

Thomas

February 14th, 2012
6:56 pm

You don’t see Roger tweeting about Peyton being owed 28m and he didn’t play or make any decisions

Mop man

February 14th, 2012
6:58 pm

I agree, [ point blank ] His salary is too high. ( so is yours).

Matt from MN

February 14th, 2012
7:01 pm

Hey Roddy, I think you better concentrate on your own pay, which you CLEARLY did not earn last season!!

Arthur Blank

February 14th, 2012
7:07 pm

Roddy when you start catching balls then u can possible start tweeting, but that may be a stretch. Until then duck tape your mouth and tweeting hands and get ready for the football season.

Easy

February 14th, 2012
7:07 pm

So Roddy intermittently catches and runs and he makes WHAT?

There's your sign

February 14th, 2012
7:15 pm

It’s time to trade him now.

KG

February 14th, 2012
7:28 pm

Roddy needs to be less concerned about what Goodell(or any other NFL executive) makes and more concerned with how he can help his team win a playoff game. Memo to Roddy…..you need to play better, to include catching passes that hit you in the hands. Goodell will still be the commish long after your average career is over. Stop worrying about things that you can’t control and concern yourself with things that you can control – like catching the ball that is thrown to you…

Rhino

February 14th, 2012
7:29 pm

Their both overpaid. Goodell makes the game less fun to watch because all his rules try and take the pain out of the game, Roddy makes it less fun to watch because all his drops make it just painful to watch.

LMAO

February 14th, 2012
7:29 pm

What you idiots don’t understand is the NFL is a socialist organization. The large city teams have to share profits with the small city teams. I think you call that socialism but of course you don’t tax the rich a-holes think its the greatest organization in the world.

jim

February 14th, 2012
7:33 pm

Hello RODDDDDDY….you are one ugly pass droppin boy

Joe Tess Fish House

February 14th, 2012
7:34 pm

Anoter fist round draft bust.

KG

February 14th, 2012
7:38 pm

Forgot to mention….my fondest memory of Roddy was a few years ago when we were playing Denver in the Dome. We were down by a few points late in the 4th quarter and Ryan threw the ball deep to Roddy. The ball bounced off of Roddy’s facemask in the endzone and we lost the game. Kinda reminded me of when I play catch with my 5 year old and he loses sight of the ball. The only difference is my 5 year old attends kindergarden for a living and Roddy makes millions. Second memo to Roddy – shut up and concentrate on your game.

SawThat1nce

February 14th, 2012
7:40 pm

I like Roddy White, and he has a right to his opinion, and to say almost anything that he wants to say.
He did drop a game winning pass in the 1st saints game, and what would have been a game winning pass in the Texans game, and a pass in the 1st Tampa game, that probably would have been a game winner.

SawThat1nce

February 14th, 2012
7:42 pm

I also agree with one of these guys here, that said Roddy needs to remember, that if it were not for the fans, there would not be a NFL.

zorro

February 14th, 2012
7:43 pm

So what , if Roddy can get someone to get him the BALLLLLL you will see the difference that would make. We should all ask Arthur to get rid of Roddy and J.J. then all will be well with the falcon fan base . This is America and we do have our right to speak. Ask Newt, you the one that’s running in the gop, that can’t keep his foot out of his @@& yeah! That Newt.

falCANS

February 14th, 2012
7:50 pm

yea Roddy is Talking more than his play should allow

cwltank

February 14th, 2012
7:50 pm

I think every man is entitled to his own opinion. In addition a top leader in receptions every year, deserves to be heard. Quit hateing, 20 Million is far too much to run the NFL. With that being said, the president does not make a million and he runs the country. Most of you really need to stop……Either you are with the Falcons or you are against them..

ugafan13

February 14th, 2012
7:56 pm

Engage pea brain before opening mouth! Kind of reminds one of T.O. and some of the others that spout mindless dribble!

fansince74

February 14th, 2012
7:58 pm

I really like you Roddy but please keep your mouth shut. The reason people like you make the money you do is because of people like RG know how to run an organization. He has skills you know nothing about.

Supes

February 14th, 2012
8:05 pm

Hey RODDY, just STFU and catch the DAYM BALL next time, will you?

Sincerely,

All Falcons Fans who are HUNGRY for a championship!

BigTimeTECHFan

February 14th, 2012
8:10 pm

White is right, I could walk in a do Goodell’s job today, and do a better job then he does. I’ll do it for a lot less then Goodell get paid

Dozer

February 14th, 2012
8:12 pm

I’m surprised Roddy can hang on to his PDA long enough to get a tweet out – I would have thought he would have dropped that too…….

techduck

February 14th, 2012
8:26 pm

Hey cwltank,we are talking about roddy not the falcons, you dummy.You failed to mention he also holds the record for drop passes too.Time to let him go now before he turns into a viris (T.O.) that is.Harry douglas is the better player anyway,way faster and knows how to block.

Roger

February 14th, 2012
8:27 pm

Time for White to go…never thought he was worth what he made!

E

February 14th, 2012
8:34 pm

Roddy has obviously never run a business before. Ignorance is the operative word here for Roddy. If Goodell was not so sucessful at keeping the NFL as the most popular sporting event in the US, than Roddy wouldn’t have his 6 year $50 million dollar deal. It’s simple economics. Obviously, Roddy didn’t pay attention in his economics class. He comes accross as highly uneducated. The players, the commissioner, the oweners and most importantly the customers aka the fans are what makes this business so succesfull. He just needs to read a book or two.

Sam

February 14th, 2012
8:42 pm

Roddy is one of the best blocking wide receivers in the league. That being said he also missed on some critical plays. But none of that really matters cause 6 months ago all of you were on the greatest show on turf band wagon. So quit being hypocrites and let roddy be roddy. It’s nice to have an attitude from this relatively bland falcons team.

Arthur B.

February 14th, 2012
9:16 pm

Sam, you ignorant slut. You, sir are an idiot. the NFL, like every other corporation in America where there is a hierarchy. At the top of that hierarchy is the boss. Roger Goodell is the boss. Roddy White is an underachieving and overpaid employee. He, and you, need to shut your mouths. P.S. If you read the article in SI about how Joe Horn turned around White’s career he was even more of an underachiever. Sam, we need less of Roddy White with his t-shirt supporting Mike Dick and this disrespect of his “boss”. What a loser.

E-Roll

February 14th, 2012
9:34 pm

For all of you that are giving Goodell credit for the success of the NFL please remember that the decisions on merchandising and TV contracts which bring in the vast majority of the revenue that the NFL enjoys is decided on by the owners themselves and not the commissioner. Goodell’s job is to handle the day to day operation of the league such as stadium operations and give advise to owners on what he thinks the contracts are worth so I think that $20 million is too much for a commissioner but if he was the one solely negotiating these deals then I would say he was worth the money but for his current role $10 million should be the going rate and before any of you accuse me of being a player lover I think that DeMaurice Smith makes too much as the union leader also.

say what?

February 14th, 2012
9:36 pm

If roddy could read perhaps someone could read $40M dollar slave. Still applies nearly twenty years later. The people in business suits will still have their money when Roddy’s career is over, and baby daddy payments, I mean child support, will be more than he is bringing in.
stop making it rain in the club, cut the entourage, curb the label spending, and invest your millions so that you can become a true high stakes player in the NFL.

E-Roll

February 14th, 2012
9:38 pm

Arthur B. – Actually Goodell is an employee of the league and he has to answer to all 32 owners who are his boss so the true head is the group of 32 that run all of the teams. Also please do not let Roddy’s views cloud your judgement on his on field accomplishments because he is at the top of his profession in the position that he plays and that is with the drops and all. :-)

I'M Shocked

February 14th, 2012
9:48 pm

This is just the reason the NFL,NBA,Baseball all the rest will never -ever get a penny from me. Hey Roddy, go and empty garbage cans for a living, when u drop them nobody cares.

cedric

February 14th, 2012
9:59 pm

Sure is a lot of keyboard courage on this blog. Guys type so tough it is funny…

Blackie

February 14th, 2012
9:59 pm

Stone hands receivers. That didn’t work for New England either did it? Likely the same result if we get lucky enough to get to the Superbowl next year. You can’t drop the ball or you will loose in the NFL.

IceColdATLien

February 14th, 2012
10:09 pm

Hey, “I’m Shocked”, if you aren’t a fan of the Falcons or apparently pro sports in general, why in Hades would you even be reading this column and, more importantly, why would you bother to comment?

Blackie, you gotta be white cuz no brother I’ve ever met would call themselves “Blackie.” In addition, it’s impossible to lead the league in receptions and attempts if you got “stone hands.” What a moron…

P. Bull Terrier

February 14th, 2012
10:10 pm

Ten years from now Roddy White will be the feature of one of those “How Did He Blow $50+ Million And End Up Living In A Cardboard Box” articles.

IceColdATLien

February 14th, 2012
10:16 pm

You ain’t lyin’ Cedric! A lot of these fools are just pissed cuz a young black jock called out Mr. Corporate America White Guy… and it’s the same fools who think Obama is an elitist treasonist Kenyan-born communist/socialist closeted Muslim who frequented a radical black Christian church, has no real birth certificate, has a fake social security number, and wants to kill your grandparents with death panels… in other words, these fools are just that, fools!!!

IceColdATLien

February 14th, 2012
10:17 pm

By the way, I’m a relatively wealthy white guy from Augusta. So, you idots can keep the racist comments amongst yourselves.

Trey Atlanta

February 14th, 2012
10:19 pm

Roddy has now leadership or punctuation. Please cut him before we are even more embarrassed by his tweets! Give a fool a dollar and they go crazy…give a fool $50 million and you get Roddy White.

robertussen

February 14th, 2012
10:20 pm

roddys so funny some times. i kind of agree with him.

IceColdATLien

February 14th, 2012
10:22 pm

Hey Trey, instead of castigating people for lack of punctuation on tweets, which is basically every tweet ever sent, maybe you should check your own spelling or syntax, because “Roddy has now leadership or punctuation” sounds like my two-year old learning to talk.

B

February 14th, 2012
10:29 pm

Roddy should come to understand that his team owner, Arthur Blank, chairs the NFL Compensation Committee and just approved Goodell’s contract. Apparently he did think of how he would be insulting his owner before making his comments.
OOPS! DA.

falconsrus

February 14th, 2012
10:33 pm

Yes RG is grossly overpaid Roddy is a baller peace

Edlver

February 14th, 2012
10:33 pm

5 Yardy Roddy no YAC mouthing off. How many drops the last 2 years? Falcons should trade him now while he has value

Goodall is overpaid but he is running a billion+ dollar industry. He is gonna get a big piece of the pie.

Please trade Roddy for a 2nd rd pick now – and I AM A RODDY FAN