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DeAngelo Hall: Meeting Goodell was a “total waste of time”

Roger Goodell’s camp tour with John Madden isn’t all about good times and rest stops. The NFL Commissioner is also meeting with NFL players to answer their questions, and some of those players aren’t happy with the answers. Or non-answers, to be precise.

“He’s walking around kissing babies, you know, shaking hands, and he just wants to say that the owners are over here, the players are over here and I’m in the middle, I’m for the game,” Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said via the Washington Post. “But to ask him a question about anything, he couldn’t answer.

“He couldn’t answer this, go check with this, go ask these people, I don’t really know. It was a waste of time. We sat there and shot questions at him for 45 minutes, and pushed meetings back and had to be here longer for nothing. A total waste of time,” Hall said.

Hall has often sounded like a knucklehead over the years, but 2009 NFL Man of the Year candidate London Fletcher also sounded frustrated, if more respectful. His words as a union rep carries far more weight.

“We had [Goodell] here. And he opened up the ability for us to ask him questions,” Fletcher said. “If you open up that ability then you have to be prepared to answer our questions. Certain things, he said, were part of the negotiations. But again, he was the one who opened up the possibility for us to ask him questions. When he did that, and guys had some real questions that we wanted hard answers to, not the typical questions, he didn’t really answer. He didn’t give us sound answers on a lot of the issues.”

One goal during Goodell’s tour is surely to foster better relationships between the league office and its players, especially with contentious months on the horizon.

His trip to Washington seems to have failed in this regard, only stoking the passion of players that seem to be gearing up for a fight.