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MEEKS SLAMS MORAN FOR TRYING TO INFLUENCE NFLPA PROCESS

The increasingly ugly battle regarding the NFLPA Executive Director search process continues.
On Friday, U.S. Representative Jim Moran said that former NFLPA president Troy Vincent had spoken with at least some of the four Congresspersons who wrote a letter last month to former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao expressing concerns regarding the procedure that the union has utilized to search for a successor to Gene Upshaw.
Suspicions immediately arose that Moran was attempting to help preserve the employment of his daughter, Mary Moran, who has a high-paying position as the union’s Director of Human Resources.
On Monday, one of the four Congresspersons who signed the letter accused Moran of doing just that.
Per the Associated Press, Gregory Meeks made the allegation during a Monday conference call with reporters.
“It seems clear to me that [Moran’s] intent is to do whatever he can to make sure that Mr. Vincent is not the executive director and that he has another candidate that he wants,” Meeks said. “It seems clear . . . that he decided to make this public specifically because he was biased.”
Meeks also said that Vincent did not instigate the Congressional inquiry.
Moran has claimed that he spoke publicly on the matter not to hurt Vincent’s candidacy, but to protect the legacy of Upshaw. That said, we still can’t quite figure out how outing Vincent as the person who potentially got Congress involved in ensuring that the union conducts a fair and appropriate search process has any connection to Upshaw’s legacy.
Moran again denied any nefarious intent on Monday, but apparently without mentioning the goal of protecting Upshaw’s legacy.
“My daughter was doing what her boss asked her to do, and I was doing what my daughter had asked me to do,” Moran said. “I wasn’t trying to manipulate what was being said or whatever. And I’m sorry that it has blown up as it has.
“My daughter can work any place she wants,” Moran added. “She’s incredibly talented.”
Sorry, Mr. Moran. But in this economy, H.R. jobs paying in the vicinity of $200,000 per year (according to the May 2008 LM-2 filed by the NFLPA) aren’t readily available. Such jobs are even harder to find if the candidate doesn’t have a college degree. (In making that observation, we’re not stating that Ms. Moran doesn’t have a college degree.)
Regardless, Meeks is now concerned that something is up, and he said that he plans to revisit the matter with the other three U.S. Representatives who signed the letter with him.
“It may cause me to talk to Mr. Towns, Mr. Rush and Mr. Butterfield to say that we need to re-engage, because maybe something is going on that I don’t know about,” Meeks said. “It seems to me at this point that there are internal people who have concerns about who is elected and who’s not elected to be the head of the players association.”
While this soap opera makes for great content, we think that it’s in the best interests of the union (and thus the players they represent) to get this mess under control. Now.

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15 Responses to “MEEKS SLAMS MORAN FOR TRYING TO INFLUENCE NFLPA PROCESS”
  1. digitaldean says: Feb 2, 2009 11:17 PM

    $200K for a freakin HR job?! That’s my wife’s major. Hell, I’ll go to NY if she can make 200K!
    Nice way to pull strings Ms. Moran. Have old daddy-kins throw his weight around.
    Troy Vincent would be a great NFLPA chief.

  2. DwaredominatesAgain says: Feb 2, 2009 11:42 PM

    A greedy A-hole bending the rules with a high ranking position what else is new.

  3. MattR says: Feb 3, 2009 12:04 AM

    Isn’t this an equally big piece of news from that report?
    “Meeks said the letter sent to the Department of Labor was prompted by Willie Green, who retired in 1999 after winning back-to-back Super Bowl championships with Denver. Meeks said he and Towns have worked with Green on NFL-related issues for about two years.
    Meeks said he met with Vincent only at Green’s invitation. After initially not recalling whether the meeting took place before or after the letter was sent to Chao on Jan. 8, a Meeks’ aide checked the congressman’s calendar and said the meeting took place afterward.”

  4. LiveNBreath Football says: Feb 3, 2009 12:07 AM

    The most interesting line is “she was doing what her boss asked her to do?” In other words, interim head who wants to keep his job as counsel asked Ms. Moran to ask Daddykins who the nasty man saying bad things about the NFLPA to Congress was.

  5. Eddie Drycleaner says: Feb 3, 2009 12:34 AM

    This is the goofiest little soap opera on tv. I wish I was an unemployed fat father of four children living on welfare so I would enjoy this.
    Seriously though, I miss Paully Taggz’s NFL. At least they pretended to not be currupt. This isn’t directly Goodell’s fault, obviously, but this guy’s administration is slowly letting this league fall apart.. Wow, that sounds familiar…

  6. jcinstpete says: Feb 3, 2009 12:52 AM

    Protecting Upshaw’s legacy , maybe as a player. Upshaw could stand along side the mooks of the big unions any day ! Dictator, overpaid, Bully has all the qualifications. He may of helped a few, but he took very good care of his bank account. Didn’t think too much of retired players.

  7. waltkowalski says: Feb 3, 2009 7:39 AM

    Flowerio, when will you stop trying to manipulate the search process yourself with all the pimping you are doing for vincent. it is obvious that you are attempting to insinuate that this search is not on the up and up. do yourself a favor, before you forever link yourself to a purely selfish candidate who only cares about himself, not the players, or the union. best guy for the job? seriously? you must be kidding. just look at these clowns in congress he has brought into this. PLEASE look up their bio’s. they are a joke, especially an obviously confused butterfield. one of these dudes has a taxpayer paid car deal, 900$ a month, even though he represents the one of the poorest districts in new york, which also has a vast public transit system which he COULD be using. its all online, look for yourselves. it is a joke these 4 idiots have been brought into this. if i was a player, i would think twice before i supported a candidate who would have anything to do with these guys. Flowerio, for now on, how about some fair and balanced coverage please.

  8. cjpck44 says: Feb 3, 2009 8:32 AM

    It seems to me the the right person for the job is Troy Vincent.
    Backstabbers in the business world usually mean something is up, and that something cannot be good for the NFLPA and the NFL in general.
    The fact that the NFLPA (Berthelson and company) is ready to embrace an uncapped year for the players tells you that as of right now they don’t have ALL of the players best interests in heart.
    Come on Troy, get in and get this right.

  9. savvy says: Feb 3, 2009 9:20 AM

    I agree with waltkowalski. It’s time for some new blood
    that hasn’t necesirily been so involved that their too close
    to the situation or these slimeballs. I ask again did Vincent
    do this partly as a race issue? When he was left off there were
    only white candidates (for whatever reason) and all the congressmen
    invloved were black. Did he feel this was his only chance? I’ve heard nothing but negative things about him.
    Why does this site constantly endorse him? Never mentions the
    other candidates. Whats in it for you Florio?

  10. Former Army Person says: Feb 3, 2009 12:23 PM

    I live in Moran’s district and he is a corrupt scumbag. In my opinion. He keeps his seat because the district is uncompetitive in the general election and he has too much money from the donors who’ve bought his vote.
    His daughter can clearly get another job for 200k because she obviously will provide access to her father at her boss’ request, and her dad will respond to her boss’ request. This quid pro quo arrangement differs not at all from the arrangement Moran has with his campaign donors.

  11. Mr Shush says: Feb 3, 2009 12:25 PM

    My problem with the current union leadership, and with Upshaw, is that they appear to be far too cozy with the super-agents. These agents have interests which co-incide very well with those of the stars they represent, but far less well with those of the rank and file, the bench scrubs, the special teamers, the blocking tight ends and nickel backs who make up the majority of the membership. I have no idea whether Vincent will be any better in this regard, but I suspect that for the influence of the Condons and their ilk will not be checked unless the upper echelons of the union receive a thorough clear-out, which it seems likely Vincent would effect.

  12. empty13 says: Feb 3, 2009 12:55 PM

    capo gino put condon on the retirees compensation board.
    that doesnt merely look unethical. it is flat out crooked.

  13. TrainingDay21 says: Feb 3, 2009 1:50 PM

    Question: In the words of Bryant Gumble, are the Reporters at the Sports Business Journal the Lap Dogs of Richard Berthelsen and Company? It seems to me that Berthelsen utilized undue influence on Ms. Moran to engage in activities above and beyond the job description.
    Liz Mullen should find a new career and start with learning how to report the truth or perhaps seeing if she can get an interview with a current player or a retiree who is suffering because of the choices HER NFLPA leak has caused. I believe the leak has not only neglected the retireed player in the EA Sports Deal, but is also costing the current player $28 million. The leak should attend a refresher CLE course and remember that in a legal discovery process all things come to light when the opposing counsel in dilligent and honorable. Liz, spend some time investigating why the retirees were so utterly disrespected, disregarded by the leak and co., yet a federal judge found that they were on the right side of the issue. But then again, that’s why you’re not a reporter at ESPN, LA Times, Dallas Morning News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, NY Times, etc…. You get the picture… Cream rises to the top and the waste is thrown out.
    To the Men Who Play the Game: This is YOUR UNION, Seize the Time, the Time is NOW! Stay Strong, Stay Unified, Stay Tuned…

  14. keepin_it_real says: Feb 3, 2009 2:03 PM

    I wonder what are the salaries of NBA, MLB & NHL union HR directors. I don’t think it’s anywhere close to $200K. Mary Moran (who by her father’s account is so “talented” and “could get a job anywhere”) started out as Doug Allen’s secretary, with no college degree!!.. Ummm Hmmm… Maybe she finished her course work at an accredited night program while she was “climbing” up the corporate ladder… Oh wait; this is still a union, right?? No need for mention of the word corporate.
    For Troy Vincent’s sake, he went from the bad guy to everyone now yelling, “Spaniard!! Spaniard!!” (reference movie, ‘Gladiator’). But what’s really sad that the idiots PA: (MAWAE, CLARK GAINES, MARY MORAN, JASON BELSER, BERTHLESON) have tried everything they can to screw this process…
    I wonder how these guys sell the players about this “process” that is supposed to be unselfish, unbiased & 100% committed to the welfare of the players in the locker room– meanwhile blaming everything on Gene Upshaw being the bad guy when he was alive?? It seems like they are becoming the “Pigs” from the story, “Animal Farm” — we know how they ended up! Can’t hide behind Upshaw this time—these people have DESTROYED what the PA represents. And amidst the backlash from the retired players, and current players alike, why are they trying to pit Armstrong against Vincent?? When are we going to talk about the issues!!
    It’s all about the players interests, period!! Some of those folks in D.C. need to cherish their last few months of work, because they aren’t making a good case for the next Executive Director to keep them on board, no matter who he is..

  15. keepin_it_real says: Feb 3, 2009 2:07 PM

    I wonder what are the salaries of NBA, MLB & NHL union HR directors. I don’t think it’s anywhere close to $200K. I’ve done some homework and found out that Mary Moran (who by her father’s account is so “talented” and “could get a job anywhere”) started out as Doug Allen’s secretary, with no college degree!!.. Ummm Hmmm… Maybe she finished her course work at an accredited night program while she was “climbing” up the corporate ladder… Oh wait; this is still a union, right?? No need for mention of the word corporate.
    For Troy Vincent’s sake, he went from the bad guy to everyone now yelling, “Spaniard!! Spaniard” (reference from movie, Gladiator). But what’s really sad that the “Powers that be” at the PA: (MAWAE, CLARK GAINES, MARY MORAN, JASON BELSER, BERTHLESON) have tried everything they can to screw this process…
    I wonder how these guys sell the players about this “process” that is supposed to be unselfish, unbiased & 100% committed to the welfare of the players in the locker room– meanwhile blaming everything on Gene Upshaw being the bad guy?? It seems like they are becoming the “Pigs” from the story, “Animal Farm”—we know how they ended up! Can’t hide behind Upshaw this time—these people have DESTROYED what the PA represents. And amidst the backlash from the retired players, and current players alike, why are they trying to pit Armstrong against Vincent?? When are we going to talk about the issues!!

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