In a recent meeting with a group of NFL player representatives, NFLPA executive director De Smith declared, “We are at war!”
On Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah addressed the situation, and he said that the union has no regrets regarding the words chosen by Smith.
“Metaphors get used all the time,” Atallah said. “I’m not going to apologize for what De said. . . . It’s a strange world we live in where the players are being threatened with their own economic demise on one had, and people pick apart a comment or a quote . . . on the other hand. Frankly, I’d much rather spend more time talking about the steps and the threats and the realities facing our players heading into a possible lockout than I am worried about one line that our executive director said to a group of players.”
He added that fans should be far more troubled not by the words used by the union but by the work stoppage currently being threatened by the owners.
“That’s what people should be outraged about,” Atallah said. “They shouldn’t be outraged about a metaphor. They should be outraged about threatening games being canceled next year without providing any justification for it.”