Roger Goodell may be the commissioner of the National Football League, but he is still an employee.
He works for the 32 owners, so no matter how much power he has, he is still in their pockets. The NFL players are already pissed off, so there was no need to insult their intelligence with this weak attempt of a divide and conquer letter.
Goodell is trying to plant seeds of doubt in the players— but it will only make them fight harder. There is a perception that NFL players are dumb and while I am sure some are, the majority of them are very bright.
Kindergarten methods like this only serve to make the divide between the players and owners wider—and it sure isn’t bringing them closer to the negotiating table.