It’s never good to get on the bad side of the guy that runs the league you play in, but for new Redskins corner back Josh Norman, he doesn’t seem to concerned about taking a rather harsh shot at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell, who has been looked at times like a power-hunger commish, took serious heat from Norman in a ESPN The Magazine cover story with Kevin Van Valkenburg.
Here’s a quick part of the story in which Norman, who is a very interesting player with a very outspoken opinion, says that Goodell is flat out ‘horrible.’
“Spend any time around Norman and it’s easy to understand how he became one of the NFL’s most interesting, and polarizing, players. Riding in an Uber past the Eiffel Tower and during hours of idle conversation over the next two days, he offers thoughts on everything and everyone, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (“Horrible. He’s straight horrible.”), the league’s crackdown on big hits (“What happened to us? Society is so soft.”) and Washington’s nickname (“Redskins is not offensive to me. I’m part Native American on both my mom’s and my dad’s side. It’s kind of a funny thing, though. A redskin playing for the Redskins.”).
“I get that scrutiny everywhere I go,” he said. “All eyes [are] magnified times 10 now. So everything I do, everything I say, pretty much everything when I line up on the field, everything is always scrutinized. … [I can’t] really worry about what other people say because they’re always going to have their opinions. The only thing that matters is mine.”
Norman is going to be a big part of the Redskins this season, as he was basically a gift on the free agent market from the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers, when they didn’t make him happy and eventually took the franchise tag off of him, making him free to ink wherever he wanted.
He did just that, bringing his talents as well as outspoken attitude to the Nation’s Capital this season. Do yourself a favor and find some cheap redskins tickets this season and get out and see Norman. You won’t regret it.