The NFL players' union characterized the NFL as "bullies" after a congressional report found that they had been trying to interfere with the NIH's concussion research. Is there anything the league won't do to protect its image? Also, Matt Harvey hasn't really shown up on the pitcher's mound this season. Should he still be required to show up for interviews? And Draymond Green (mostly) got away with a certain cringe-worthy "flail" against OKC. Should the man and the moment have factored into the NBA's ruling?
1. NFL's Meddling
Roger Goodell and the NFL are (again) in the headlines for the wrong reasons. This time, the league apparently reneged on its promise to fund a concussion study because the doctors in charge have been critical of the league. A congressional report released this week detailed the league's actions, and members of the Players' Union say the league can't be trusted. David Steele chimes in on the NFL's most recently revealed wrongdoing.
"The league is doing an absolutely reprehensible job of taking responsibility and being fully accountable for the part they play in all this. And if it doesn't get better, then something a lot worse than a congressional committee is going to be holding their feet to the fire from now on."
2. Matt Harvey Avoids the Press
The Mets' ace, or former ace, has not gotten off to a good start this season, to say the least. Harvey was heavily criticized for not talking to the media after his latest poor performance. The press played up his lack of "accountability." Craig Calcaterra says the scandal has been overblown.
"It used to be a situation where the press would say, 'How dare he not answer to us?' They realized that's not a very good look. So now it's, 'How dare he not be accountable to his fellow teammates who now have to answer questions about him when he should be answering them?' Never mind that they're still going to ask those questions of his teammates anyway. It's kind of ridiculous."
3. Draymond's Special Treatment
If you haven't seen the footage from Game 3, here it is. Green was fined, but not suspended, by the NBA. Some say the punishment was fair, given the incident's heightened stakes. Bill Littlefield questions whether the league's decision was unduly influenced by circumstance.
"Lots of writers have congratulated the NBA for its levelheadedness. He's an important player, and the argument was that it was an important game. And that sort of importance shouldn't be the point. You cannot kick your opponent in the groin, or the head, or the stomach, or anywhere else for that matter, and stay on the floor."
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This segment aired on May 28, 2016.