A little over a year ago, the New York Post broke the news that the NFL was investigating whether its commissioner, Roger Goodell, was aware of an inappropriate relationship between the San Diego Chargers and the NFLPA when he served as an NFL commissioner in 2004-05.
Goodell, then the NFL commissioner, was later fired by President Donald Trump for allegedly obstructing an investigation into his handling of the Chargers.
The Chargers were forced to fire their team chairman and former coach Tom Telesco, who had been the team’s general manager from 2005 to 2008, and the team was fined $550,000 for violating the collective bargaining agreement.
In a statement on its website, the NFL said that it has been working with the NFL to ensure that there is no recurrence of any wrongdoing.
In March, the Chargers hired former NFL executive Jim Irsay as their new general manager, replacing Tom Telisco.
The Chargers also hired former San Diego State head coach Steve Spagnuolo to replace TelesCo.
In the aftermath of the scandal, the media have been quick to focus on the alleged connections between Goodell and the Chargers and Goodell’s alleged role in keeping the San Francisco 49ers out of the postseason in 2018.
But it was the media’s initial reaction to the San Antonio Express-News article, which included a tweet by former NFL commissioner Roger Goodell saying that he would never have allowed the San Diegans to get into the playoffs, that ultimately led to the public perception of the NFL being hypocritical.
The media has been quick at times to highlight the connections between the NFL and the SanDiegans, but other media outlets, including the New Yorker, have also been quick in their condemnation of the SanSanDiegans.
While the media has focused on the fact that the 49ers lost to the Chargers, other media have criticized the way the SanFrancisco Chronicle wrote about the scandal.
The Chronicle ran a headline, “NFL players: The San Diego media should have been more fair.”
It was an opinion piece by the newspaper’s columnist, Chris Cillizza, who wrote, “I am not a fan of the notion that the league has any business interfering in the politics of the city of San Diego.
The NFL has the right to decide which teams it will play, but the San Franciscans have a right to know if they are being screwed by a bad, biased, overpaid commissioner.”
In a response to the outcry from the media, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the NFL’s reaction to his city’s protests a “disgrace.”
The SanDiego Times has also been critical of the media in its coverage of the situation.
In an article, editor-in-chief Steve Tocci wrote, “…we’ve been the targets of vicious and personal attacks from some of the world’s most powerful journalists, including New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, who said we ‘need to have our heads examined for corruption.’
And, yes, we did get hacked in the midst of the Super Bowl.”
The article went on to say that it was not fair for the paper to criticize the NFL in the same way it had criticized the SanFans during the Superbowl.
Tocci also wrote that he hoped to have the paper’s ownership team in discussions with the league regarding the issue.TOCCI said in the article that he hopes the league would make a decision soon.