New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he does not trust any investigation led by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL, he told SI Now’s Maggie Gray.
On Monday, a United States appeals court ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension had been reinstated. Brees was among those that believed the Brady and Deflategate situation was a “dead issue” before Monday's ruling. Brees was a member of the Saints teams that were investigated in the Bountygate scandal, in which the Saints allegedly paid out bonuses for injuring opposing teams’ players.
“I think we would all agree that he definitely has too much power,” Brees said of Goodell. “He is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to all the discipline. I’m not going to trust any league-led investigation, when it comes to anything. It’s not transparent.
“At times, I feel like there is a desired conclusion or agenda that they have in mind and that may prevent the absolute truth from being told or the absolute facts from being presented. At the end of the day, we as the public. We as players don’t ever get to really see that. We don’t get to see those facts, those truths and those things. That’s the unfortunate part of this whole thing.”
Brees believes there should be more involvement by a third party when it comes to handling NFL issues.
Watch the full interview with Brees here.