Peter King was granted an exclusive interview before the owners’ meeting in Arizona with the NFL’s head commiszhar-in-chief, Roger Goodell. These interviews are few and far between because, well, when you’re the most powerful man in the biggest sport, interviews can’t do much to help your reputation.
Except when they’re conducted by Peter King.
Peter King is the NFL’s ultimate cheer-leader, never creating a stir about the NFL’s most powerful men even though he’s in the position to do as one of the highest-paid writers covering any sport ( a 5 year, $17 million on a multi-platform deal with SI). If you read the MMQB, you get the image that the NFL is run by benevolent businessmen who look out for the well-being of the community and team, instead of rich overlords that care about money first and winning a distant second.
It’s King’s view that caused King to lob Goodell softball question after softball question during their interview, mainly focusing on the future of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy and when the Deflategate inivestigation will come through. Instead of asking “Why’d you backpedal after the video came forward?” or “Do you have any direction in making personal-conduct decisions or do you get drunk and throw darts at a board after watching ESPN?”, he gave a series of easy questions that allowed Goodell to trumpet the changes made to the personal-conduct policy, changes brought on by Goodell’s own incompetence.
It’s a sad day when the hardest question is “Was there any time in 2014 that you considered, even for a moment, resigning?” from the NFL’s foremost journalist to the NFL’s ruler. Goodell answered King’s toughest question with “No. N-O. No.” and King didn’t press him on it, instead asking him how difficult the decision was. Instead of asking him “Well gee, Roger, why didn’t you resign considered you screwed up big-time?”, the NFL’s foremost and preeminent journalist balked.
And that’s why King gets exclusives. He’s going to protect the millionaires and billionaires from nasty questions that might get to the truth.
In an interview with Deadspin, King commented on getting exclusive access to the Ram’s draft room.
“I think the pluses are I get to convince Jeff Fisher and Les Snead and Kevin Demoff at the Rams that I can sit in their draft room and write about the first round of the draft in a way that—never in the conversation before that do I say, I’m not going to screw you. I think they trust me to know that what happens in this room is going to be portrayed fairly.”
There’s a key differance between “fairly” and King’s interpretation of it. Depreciating something “fairly” isn’t the sunshine and rainbows King believes it to be. “Fairly” means accurately and balanced. If nothing negative is being said in the article that would “screw” the Rams and something negative happened, are the readers getting an accurate picture?
Are the readers getting an accountable commissioner from King?
And that’s why King is the NFL’s ultimate cheerleader.
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