NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously stated that John Jerry would not face a league suspension for his involvement in the Miami Dolphins BullyGate scandal. But while speaking to the media on Friday night prior to the Pro Football Hall of Fame dinner, Goodell flip-flopped on his previous stance and would not rule out a possible suspension for the New York Giants offensive lineman.
"There are different issues with different individuals," Goodell said on Friday in Canton, Ohio. "The bottom line is that everything is proceeding. They're doing what they've been asked to do. We will make individual decisions, if necessary, with any one of those individuals.
"It's a broad issue. I would say that the one person who has been very responsive in going through the program has been Richie Incognito. We're working with his people and monitoring his progress on that front."
Meanwhile, Jerry has refused to discuss his involvement in the BullyGate scandal, saying he's moved on and only cares about the Giants and the 2014 season.
"I'm not worried about that. I'm focused on nothing but the Giants, and this season coming up. I've moved on from that. That's in the past," Jerry said.
When pressed about the situation, which included questions about the league-mandated psychological program, Jerry said that he had no idea what was going on with that despite Incognito's obvious compliance with the league, indicating that Jerry, too, should be heavily involved in the post-BullyGate program(s).
"I'm not gonna comment on that," he said. "I still don't know what is going on with that, so I have nothing to say with that."
At this point, it seems like no one is on the same page. Goodell is vague regarding a possible suspension after previously stating Jerry would not be suspended, while Jerry seems indifferent to the entire situation and truly appears as if he has no idea what's going on.
Either way, the Giants undoubtedly did all the necessary investigation prior to signing Jerry earlier this year in free agency, and felt comfortable with both his mental and league status, as well as the health of his now-surgically repaired knee.
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