Josh Norman blasts ‘horrible’ Roger Goodell, takes shot at NFLPA
Josh Norman didn’t mince his words in any way during a recent interview with ESPN The Magazine, upping the ante with his feud with Odell Beckham Jr. while also taking potshots at the NFL, the NFLPA and even commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Washington Redskins, showing no shortage of confidence, also proclaimed himself the “best cornerback on Earth.”
Regarding his ongoing feud with Odell Beckham Jr., Norman says the New York Giants wide receiver, while acknowledging he’s “skilled and talented,” should nevertheless “grow up.” What’s most interesting about Norman’s most recent comments is how both he and Beckham have expressed growing fatigue with the feud. And still, both parties keep on taking shots at the other.
He also had words for another player on an NFC East rival: Sam Bradford, whom he criticized for his so-called “holdout” earlier this offseason.
“Have you ever once been one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league? Not that I remember — and you want more money? I can’t wait to play him twice a year,” Norman said of the Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller.
Norman, pointing out his Native American heritage, also took time to defend his new team’s nickname.
“Redskins is not offensive to me. I’m part Native American on both my mom’s and my dad’s side,” Norman said. “It’s kind of a funny thing, though. A redskin playing for the Redskins.”
Norman, however, arguably saved his most controversial comments for Goodell.
“He’s so cold,” Norman said of Goodell. “There is no emotion or nothing. … Horrible. He’s straight horrible.”
Further illustrating his apparently scorched-earth strategy for the interview, Norman then made some startling allegations about the NFL and NFLPA.
“[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys,” he said.
The case can be made that Norman wanted to demonstrate in the interview that he has no interest in muzzling himself, nor is he inclined to soften his strong opinions. Although it warrants mentioning he isn’t the first NFL player to blast Goodell.
The comments about DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA, should be viewed as at least somewhat troubling and disconcerting.