NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league is strongly considering a league-wide player code of conduct in light of Miami Dolphins’ still-unfolding bullying scandal.
Appearing in his annual Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said he has spoken with many around the league about what improvements are needed within NFL locker rooms.
“We all have to get back to respect,” Goodell said. “Respect for each other, for the game, the organization, the opponents, game officials.”
Goodell didn’t specifically address the three-month-old scandal in Miami, which has returned to the forefront this week with new allegations from both Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
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Incognito broke his silence Thursday through his attorney Mark Schamel, who alleged that Martin gave as good as he got when it came to salty, threatening text messages. Among the most egregious, Schamel said, was Martin (playfully) pledging to kill Incognito’s family and have someone rape him.
Furthermore, CBS Miami received some 40 pages of text messages between the two men, in which Martin openly discussed apparent drug use. In September 2013, Martin was asked by Incognito if he was “alive.”
Martin’s response? “Haha, yeah. That was fun. ... No drugs for me rest of season.”
Martin also at one point made a reference to popping Molly, which is slang for use of the drug widely known as “ecstasy”.
The Dolphins have consistently declined comment on the matter until Ted Wells releases his independent review of the team, which could come as soon as Tuesday.
Goodell also touched on other matters of importance to the Dolphins on Friday — their game in London and the Super Bowl bid process.
Goodell said that all three games in England this fall are sold out, and hinted that a team could someday play there full-time. The Dolphins face the Raiders at Wembley Stadium on Sept. 28.
As for the Dolphins’ stadium issue, there’s no guarantee that South Florida would regularly host Super Bowls, even if major renovations are made to Sun Life.
Goodell said it helps the NFL to reach out to other cities other than those in the traditional, warm-weather rotation. Even Minnesota is a finalist for the 2018 game.
South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010, and won’t again until 2019, at the earliest.