NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that he will respect Jameis Winston‘s decision if he chooses to stay at home with his family for the NFL Draft rather than attend the event next month in Chicago.
Goodell recently commented on the matter in an interview with The MMQB.com and said that when he met with Winston recently, the Florida State quarterback “was clear that he wanted to spend time with his family.”
Goodell also said while that he is not part of the invitation process for the draft, but he’s “not concerned” if Winston is selected No. 1 but was not available to walk across the stage on draft day.
“I think that it’s something we respect when a player says, ‘I’d like to be with my family on that day.’ It’s an important day for them also,” he told the website.
The commissioner also discussed his meeting with Winston in New York City.
“We certainly welcomed the opportunity to sit with Jameis and his representatives. We had several people affiliated with our office that met with him,”
“It was a good opportunity for us to make sure that he understood the expectations that we have of him as a player in the NFL for him to ask questions of us, and to make sure that there is clarity about the importance of the personal conduct policy and the expectations we have of everyone — whether you’re a player, whether you’re a first-round draft choice, or whether you’re the commissioner. We have a responsibility to live up to them.”
The NFL draft will be held from April 30 to May 2.