Commissioner makes a Newport Beach getaway

After attending the Raiders-Patriots game Sunday in Oakland, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell traveled down the coast to the warmer shores of Southern California. Goodell was a guest at The Pacific Club for the presentation of college football’s Lott Trophy, which honors the top defensive football athlete who excels both on and off the field.

Orange County Register columnist Marcia C. Smith writes that Goodell probably wants more players like Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, this year’s honoree, in the National Football League.

    Since becoming commissioner of America’s top sports league in August of 2006, Goodell has taken a zero-tolerance policy on NFL player misconduct. Goodell had become a stern disciplinarian, calling for hefty fines, lengthy suspensions and possible league expulsion for repeat offenders. MORE
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