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Player rips 'hypocrisy' of NFL, Goodell

Redskins safety Ryan Clark criticized commissioner Roger Goodell on ESPN on Wednesday, saying the fact that he has yet to punish Colts owner Jim Irsay "shows the hypocrisy of the NFL."

"Right now, if Jim Irsay is going to represent this league, represent the Indianapolis Colts, going to be on TV at the owners meetings, trying to bring a Super Bowl to Indianapolis after what he's done? It shows the hypocrisy of the NFL and also Roger Goodell in the way that he deals with players and the way he deals for the people he works for," Clark said during an appearance as a guest analyst on First Take.

"He's always said, 'Well, I don't work for the owners.' That's not true. Because in the CBA negotiations, you were sitting with the owners."

Irsay was arrested March 16 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. He had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle.

Irsay appeared at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta on Monday but declined to speak about the arrest or his stay at a rehabilitation facility.

BUCS MOVES: Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, the only passer in Bucs rookie minicamp last week as an undrafted rookie, was among three players waived. As reported Tuesday, the Bucs added former Cowboys and Browns quarterback Alex Tanney, along with three undrafted rookies: Harvard tight end Cameron Brate (6-foot-5), Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ian Thompson (6-4) and N.C. State receiver Quintin Payton (6-4). To make room, the team also waived defensive tackle David Hunter and punter Jacob Schum, both signed as free agents in the spring.

MATHIS SORRY: Colts linebacker Robert Mathis apologized to his teammates for the four-game suspension he received. Speaking publicly for the first time since the NFL announced he had violated its performance-enhancing substance policy, Mathis said he should have checked with league officials before using the substance. "It's been a long process," he said. "It kind of ran its course, and all I could do is accept it."

NO OFFENSE: Vikings star Adrian Peterson did not appear bothered by LeSean McCoy's recent assertion that he is the best running back in the league Peterson laughed off McCoy's comments, saying in a radio interview that the Eagles star "didn't really mean it" when he told ESPN he is the league's top back. "He didn't really mean it," Peterson said.

MURRAY SIGNS: The Chiefs signed former Plant High and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, their fifth-round pick.

FALCONS: The team reached agreements with its first two draft picks, first-round offensive tackle Jake Matthews and second-round defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman.

49ERS: Linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges and one misdemeanor driving under the influence charge. He'll be sentenced July 25.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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