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Report: Chiefs file tampering charges against Lions

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They only play each other once every four years.  In the interim, the Chiefs and Lions will be doing battle before the league office.

Alex Marvez and Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com report that the Chiefs have filed tampering charges against the Lions.  Though the specific basis for the complaint isn’t know, the FOX article points to comments from former Chiefs coach and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who now serves as defensive coordinator of the Lions.

“[Kansas City] keeps wanting to dump their players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them because I know a couple of those guys,” Cunningham said earlier this year.

It’s possible that the charges involve former Chiefs safety Jarrad Page, who was embroiled in a contentious holdout with the team earlier this year.  The Lions reportedly were interested in Page.

Tampering charges rarely stick, in large part because the league prefers (in our opinion) not to declare to the world that its franchises are trying to cheat each other.  Only in the most obvious and blatant circumstances will the league conclude that tampering occurred.

The charges also may have been filed as a defensive move by the Chiefs, to get the Lions to refrain from trying to make a play for Chiefs players in the future.

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18 Responses to “Report: Chiefs file tampering charges against Lions”
  1. easyeddie says: Dec 2, 2010 5:07 PM

    Who cares?

  2. jpmelon says: Dec 2, 2010 5:07 PM

    seems frivolous……If you are going to make an accusation like that in this league, the reason for it should be public.

  3. mean13 says: Dec 2, 2010 5:13 PM

    Is there anything the Chiefs won’t cry about. They are challenging the Steelers for the title of biggest whiners in the NFL.

  4. mvp43 says: Dec 2, 2010 5:13 PM

    Stop the presses!!!!!!!!!

  5. dilberry says: Dec 2, 2010 5:14 PM

    So since Gunther said he would like to pickup players that the Chiefs cut, because he previously coached them, it is tampering? If this is the case, Miami tampers everytime they pick up an ex-cowboy.

  6. iamalwayscorrect says: Dec 2, 2010 5:17 PM

    “Tampering charges rarely stick, in large part because the league prefers (in our opinion) not to declare to the world that it’s franchises are trying to cheat each other”.

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    That’s exactly why Goodell swept Spygate I under the rug, destroyed tapes, and lied.
    It’s also why Spygate II is bigger than what is being fed to the public because Goodell is sweeping more under the rug.

    It’s becoming clearer and clearer to those that pay attention to every play, every Ref call, and point spreads that the NFL is becoming the WWE with predetermined outcomes, and as crooked as the NBA.
    NBA wants and makes sure certain teams and certain series go 6 or 7 games. The NFL is making sure certain teams win to help their struggling franchise sell tickets and keep races close.

  7. dejectedfan says: Dec 2, 2010 5:42 PM

    Are you serious Florio??? It the Lions man! Of course the charges will stick!!!!!!! Just like another bad call………..

  8. pjacob300 says: Dec 2, 2010 5:56 PM

    This utter nonsense. Unfortunately for Lions fans the NFL will make an example out of the lions because we have an owner who has does not care how his team is perceived.

  9. jdmp86 says: Dec 2, 2010 5:58 PM

    What a joke! Don’t the Chiefs have anything better to do than pick on the Lions, well besides blow their division lead?

    Page is a Pat get over it!

  10. montanavike2 says: Dec 2, 2010 6:11 PM

    I can’t wait for Matt Millens comments. That’ll be a press stopper!

  11. frostymugobeer says: Dec 2, 2010 6:31 PM

    both teams suck……let them swap coaches and players….maybe it will help the product

  12. dthomas58 says: Dec 2, 2010 6:50 PM

    Mean13, we arent the biggest whiners! Youre stupid and clueless!!
    Frosty, we suck?? 7-4? Thats not suck!!!

  13. dwilkes023 says: Dec 2, 2010 7:00 PM

    If this is all about Jarrad Page, then its pretty sad for the Lions.

    Break tampering rules and STILL not land the player you want? Sad.

  14. arrowhead816 says: Dec 2, 2010 8:45 PM

    frostymugobeer you have to be a straight nutcase , Chiefs have the best running game in the business and are 7-4 leading the AFC west with limited talent. The reason why this is an issue, is that “any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissably induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.” Which Gunther violated….

  15. commandercornpone says: Dec 2, 2010 10:24 PM

    by that standard, the perennial doormat lions are constantly tampering with every other team in the league. except maybe not the bills, panthers, cards and raiders.

    they need better players and they know it. nice to see reality setting in, in public.

    it’s the kind of thing real good teams dont really worry about. cause good players dont want to go to daytwa.

    if they do, they better be made to take a pee test.

  16. Dr. Kronner says: Dec 2, 2010 10:28 PM

    easyeddie: I care. This could cost the Lions a draft pick, which we obviously can’t afford. Odds are we’ll waste it, but I’d still the chance to throw the dart at the board…

  17. awestcave says: Dec 3, 2010 9:59 AM

    mean13 says: Dec 2, 2010 5:13 PM

    Is there anything the Chiefs won’t cry about. They are challenging the Steelers for the title of biggest whiners in the NFL.
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    yeah, todd haley should quit “whining” and just let Denver cheat over everyone if they want to.

  18. deweyaxewound says: Dec 3, 2010 1:02 PM

    Where is the Lions story on Burleson guaranteeing a win over the Bears?

    Seems like the perfect sort of gossip-fodder sensationalistic claptrap tripe that makes this whole site go…

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