President Obama stated,
"I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year."
President Obama sat down with HBO's Bill Simmons for a GQ interview and was asked the question - Baseball, football, basketball, all the commissioner jobs open up next year. Which one would you want?
President Obama responded,
Well, I'm best suited for basketball. But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year.
As you can see from this graph, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell's salary has skyrocketed during his tenure.
Then Simmons went on to ask - When you said, "I cannot believe …" I didn't know where you were going with that. Have you thought about calling Roger Goodell and being like, "What are you doing? Can I help you? Can I give you some advice? Want to have dinner?"
President Obama replied,
"They're making a profit, and I think that's what the owners are most concerned with."
Commissioner Goodell has been under a lot of scrutiny due to his insanely high paycheck and several scandals surrounding the NFL (New England Patriot's Deflategate, etc). Many have questioned the safety of the commissioner's job.
Well, Simmons tried one more time to get the President to criticize the commissioner.
Simmons: So you think the owners like having him there?
Obama wasn't going to fall for it.
"You're not going to drag me into your fights, man. Come on — I've got enough fights of my own. [laughs] This is between you and Roger."
So sports fans, do you think the commissioner's salary is too high?
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