Joe Horn sounds off on Roger Goodell with Vladimir Putin comparison

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
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Former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn compared Commissioner Roger Goodell to Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

Last week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was fined by the NFL for his end-zone gesture and for violating uniform protocol in his team's season-opening victory over the Washington Redskins.


Brown was wearing baby blue cleats, which is against the league's uniform protocol.

Brown was penalized 15 yards for his celebratory "twerking" gesture in the end zone following a 26-yard touchdown.

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"Roger Goodell wants to control," Horn said. "Referees think you're overly celebrating and they throw flags. It's either going to count against your team or it's going to count out of your pocket. It's control, man. They want to control. He controls the players.

"Roger Goodell is like the Vladimir (expletive) Putin of the NFL. You quote me on that. ... Roger Goodell is the Vladimir Putin of the NFL when it comes to players. Putin punks every country when he gets ready to. And there's no rules when it comes to Putin, and Goodell is the same (expletive) way when it comes to players. He sets all the standards. ... As far as dictatorship, as far as making moves to do what he wants, that's what Putin does."


Horn was fined $30,000 for pulling a hidden cell phone out of goal post as part of a touchdown celebration while playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2003.

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Horn had 603 receptions for 8,744 yards with 58 touchdowns in his NFL career.

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