While Kraft has admitted the scandal damaged his friendship with Goodell, the commissioner said Wednesday things never got personal.
“I have disagreements with probably all 32 of our teams,” Goodell said. “I’m not afraid of disagreement. I don’t think disagreement leads to distrust or hatred. It’s just a disagreement. You take your disagreements, find a common place and move forward. That’s what it is. It’s not all personal in nature, which I know people like to make it. For us, it’s about making sure we do what’s right for the league long-term.”
Tynes held the Bucs responsible for employing trainer Todd Toriscelli, who now works for the Titans. Toriscelli, the director of sports medicine for the Titans, was with the Bucs for 17 years. He had several knee surgeries and had “admitted to close friends” that his own infection is what led to the MRSA infections of Tynes and Nicks because they shared the same hot and cold tubs and other therapy devices and equipment at the Bucs facilities, according to the Times.
Tynes, now 38, was undrafted out of Troy in 2001 and spent his first two NFL seasons on the Chiefs practice squad. After stints with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe and the CFL’s Ottawa Renegades, he rejoined the Chiefs in 2004 and was their full-time kicker for three seasons.
Tynes spent the next six seasons with the Giants, helping them win a pair of Super Bowls before joining the Bucs in the summer of 2013. He never played a game for Tampa Bay after an ingrown toenail in mid-August led to his MRSA infection. He was still paid his $905,000 in base salary for 2013.
Tynes made 81.5 percent of his field goal attempts, with 190 made, and missed six of 363 extra-point attempts over his nine-year career.