Legally, I'm pretty sure the answer is no. Tommy Urbanski's the guy who was shot in the Vegas strip club incident involving Pacman Jones just over a year ago, and he and his wife are mad at the NFL.
But the NFL commissioner can't be held financially responsible every time an NFL player breaks the law, can he? The NFL won't even pay their own retirees, let alone people who had to retire because they had the misfortune to be around idiot cornerbacks with strip club addictions.
Tommy Urbanski's wife sees it differently, though, and she wants the NFL to cough up some scratch. From the NY Daily News:
Goodell offered to provide Tommy Urbanski with desperately needed money as he recovers from a near-fatal shooting allegedly sparked last February by Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones, his wife said. But Goodell never came through.
"Roger Goodell told me, 'You don't have to call us. We'll get in touch with you,'" Kathy Urbanski recalled angrily. "Now I realize he meant, 'Don't call us, we'll call you.'"
Again, I don't think Goodell owes the family anything, legally or even morally. It might be a nice thing to do, but Goodell wasn't there that night. He didn't pull the trigger. He wasn't making it rain and trying to get his money back.
However, if Goodell said he'd help them, and then didn't, that's another story entirely. You can't tell a family that's suffering through a life-altering catastrophe that you'll help them out, and then not do it. That's just not nice.
The Urbanskis did sue the NFL as a result of the incident, but I don't know if they sued because Goodell went back on his word, or if Goodell went back on his word because they sued. That's an important distinction.
Still, though, it seems like it would be in the best interests of Goodell to help out, lawsuit or not. People need help, he's in a position to offer it, the league could use a little good publicity, and if things continue like this, we're going to have to rename this spot "The Roger Goodell is a Doo-Doo Head Blog."
• Wife in Pacman Jones shooting says Roger Goodell lied / New York Daily News