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Roger Goodell punts when it comes to discipline

The NFL season opens tonight and the league's boss, Roger Goodell, was out in front today, talking about a range of topics in a Q&A. Keep the post-Labor Day start? Yup. NFL in London? Quite possibly. NFL in L.A.? With $3 billion, yes. That Pesky Rooney family in Pittsburgh? Working on it. And the bad asses off the field? Umm ...

Every team has to have a player development director who provides resources and guidance that can help these young men make better decisions. But there is nothing that can replace veteran leadership. That veteran wraps his arm around you and tells you this is how we do things. That has an impact.

Matt Hennie blogs on Atlanta's gay sports scene at Gaytlsports.com.