Goodell Tells Lauer: “Every player, every team is subject to the same rules”

Portions of the Interview Aired on “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and More Will Air During “Sunday Night Football”

Interview Airs Wednesday, September 14 on NBC News’ TODAY

NEW YORK – September 11, 2016 – In a TODAY exclusive, Matt Lauer sat down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Portions of the interview aired this morning on “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” (embeddable link below), and more will air tonight during “SundayNight Football.”

When asked about Tom Brady’s suspension, Goodell told Lauer:  “Every player, every team is subject to the same rules. We don’t have rules for marquee players and we don’t have rules for marquee teams. Everybody plays under the same rules.”

In addition to Deflategate, Goodell discussed Colin Kaepernick and recent player protests as well as concussions. The interview will air Wednesday, September 14 on TODAY.

The portions of the interview that aired this morning are available athttp://on.today.com/2cNvnKb. If used, please credit NBC News’ TODAY with interview airdate of Wednesday, September 14. The interview will be available on TODAY.com after it airs Wednesday.


NBC’s TODAY is the news program that informs, entertains, inspires and sets the agenda each morning for Americans. Airing live from 7 am to 11 am ET, TODAY reaches more than 5 million people every day through its broadcast, and millions more through TODAY.com, the TODAY app, and social media platforms. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Carson Daly, Billy Bush, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford are the anchors and hosts, Noah Oppenheim is the SVP and Executive in Charge, and Don Nash is the executive producer.

For more information contact:

Megan Kopf Stackhouse
NBC News
e: megan.kopf@nbcuni.com

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