More details emerge on Jerry Richardson’s interaction with Peyton Manning

Cardinals kicker Jay Feely explained last week in an interview on ESPN 1050’s The Michael Kay Show that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson spoke to Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a condescending manner during the bargaining session that occurred the day before the Super Bowl.  Feely, who didn’t attend the meeting, had his account of Richardson’s condescension corroborated Sunday night by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, via three unnamed sources.

“[Richardson] was extremely condescending to them, especially toward Peyton,” an unnamed source told Cole. “[Richardson] was the only person on either side who was contentious.  Everybody else was respectful.  They might have said, ‘I disagree with your point,’ but at least they were respectful.  [Richardson] was not.”

For example, when Manning was talking about player safety, Richardson reportedly said, “What do you know about player safety?”

A management source denied that Richardson disrespected Manning.  “Mr. Richardson is a former player and made clear his respect and affection for the players during the meeting,” the source told Cole.

The truth perhaps lies somewhere in the middle, and it would be helpful if Manning or Richardson would go on the record and share their versions of the events.  Richardson wasn’t available to be interviewed by Cole; there’s no indication that Cole attempted to talk to Manning.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Manning’s Colts face Richardson’s Panthers during the 2011 season, if that or any of the other 255 games are even played.

Richardson widely is believed to be intent on driving a hard bargain with the players.  He reportedly said during the March 2010 ownership meetings that it’s time to “take back our league.”

“We signed a [expletive] deal last time and we’re going to stick together and take back our league and [expletive] do something about it,” Richardson said, per Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, via Cole.

In other words (possibly, and we need to be clear Richardson didn’t say this but we’re surmising as to what he’s truly feeling), “When I was a player we got the short end of the stick and I’ll be damned if I continue to get the short end of the stick as an owner.”

The easy solution would be to drop Richardson from the negotiating team, if indeed he treated Manning, Brees, or anyone poorly.  Given that Richardson co-chaired the committee that selected Roger Goodell as Commissioner in August 2006, that could be a lot easier said than done.

The fact that the situation has gone public will make it even harder for the NFL to yank Richardson away from the table, for the same reasons that the union has been reluctant to ditch divisive attorney Jeffrey Kessler.  Neither side wants to capitulate to the other side on anything, which means that the tip of the knife will continue to pierce the flesh of the neck of the golden goose until the grown-ups in the room take over.

If there are any.

54 responses to “More details emerge on Jerry Richardson’s interaction with Peyton Manning

  1. For example, when Manning was talking about player safety, Richardson reportedly said, “What do you know about player safety?”

    If this is true, than the man is a complete moron.

  2. I’ll tell you what’s at the root of Richardson’s behavior. He HATES Bill Polian and this is his way of tweaking Bill’s pasty beak. Polian almost single handedly bankrupted the Panthers by buying up every free agent in the league when they first came into existance. He built an expansion team soley to win for one year, with horrible contracts, but artificially pumped up his own reputation and it paid off when Richardson was only too happy to kick him out the door and take advantage of a stoned owner in Indy to give up draft choices for him.

  3. I wonder if Manning or Breese were condescending to him initially and that is what triggered the whole thing.

  4. Dear Mr. Richardson: I quote Benjamin Franklin. “It is better to keep your mouth closed and look like a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

  5. I can’t quite get a handle on why the Panthers are in the shape they are in. I just can’t put my finger on it. I wonder….hhhhhmmmm???

  6. Richardson is use to talking to the likes of Jake Delhome, guys who are just happy to be there. He should show more respect to the guys who hold up the NFL shield on and off the field.

  7. i think peyton should punch him square in the mouth. the owners are greedy, and by adding games just proves it. in my opinion, i think the extra games are just plain dumb.

  8. What do you expect from this miserable old man, this is a man who fired his two sons from the Panther organization….Oh wait, they both resigned….On the same day…Uh Huh

  9. For example, when Manning was talking about player safety, Richardson reportedly said, “What do you know about player safety?”
    =======================
    Peyton should have told him, “More than you know how to run a football team.”

  10. Richardson sort of has a point. Have you ever seen the way Manning crumples to the ground into the fetal position everytime a defensive lineman gets within the same zipcode as him? No wonder Manning has such a long consecutive game streak. Now, if Richardson had said it to someone like Brian Westbrook….

  11. thank tagliabue for this. this guy should have never been in the league in the first place. tagliabue gave him the franchise to not give it to baltimore because he (tagliabue) was a redskins fan. this guy had the weakest package out of 5 cities but got the franchise anyway. oh and owning the bank that the league used for loans didn’t hurt either. he was unqualified then and apparently is worse now! thanks paul. you stuck us with a nut!

  12. I think the real question is, what the hell does Jerry Richardson know about player safety? Half of his team has been injured or on the IR list for the past 2 years.

  13. Smear campaign by the NFLPA, Jerry Richardson would never bite someone’s head off in this way unless they really goaded him into doing it, it would be totally out of character for him.

  14. Jerry Richardson is used to making his money the old fashioned way… by exploiting the poor for miniumum wage.

    It must really burn him up seeing the serfs talking to him like an equal.

  15. The the over when the Colts play the hapless Panthers next year. Manning’s going to hang 50 on them…..

  16. chapnastier says: “I wonder if Manning or Breese were condescending to him initially and that is what triggered the whole thing.”

    Yeah, because both of those guys are infamous for crapping all over people. The union could have gone “high end” and rolled out Cromatie and Merriman, but deliberately antagonized the owners by putting forward the two rudest, nastiest, and most uneducated players in the League. It’s all the union’s fault!! Typical Texas ditch digger defending the indefensible. Chappy, you just get more and more delusional by the day. Clearly, the Cowboys season traumatized you permanently.

  17. What does Manning know about play safety? If he gets touched a flag is thrown! He has never been hurt so he really has no idea about player safety! Ask a RB, WR or DB about it, not some QB who throws his teammates under the bus after a loss!

  18. Well I expected nothing less than what we have been hearing. A bunch of rich people complaining about money while most American’s are living paycheck – paycheck . I understand those players can loose their careers in the blink of an eye… but that should be incentive to A: stay in college and get your degree and B do not spend your money like it grows on a tree, be smart! Most kids coming out of the draft now days make a MINIMUM of $310k dollars ( that was the 2010 minimum rookie wage ) and of those rookies that make a team most will be making that while warming a bench! That is not the players that will make a impact year 1. Most of those players will make a few mil….. Just makes me shake my head when i think about the money that is being made, especially by some of these players and they still complain about more! Not just about the lock out but even during a season when they want to cry about new contracts when they are in the 2nd or 3rd year of a 7 year contract and the only reason they are crying about it is because a player on another team that plays the same position just got a bigger deal.

  19. Actually Richardson has a very good point. What does Manning know about player safety?? Any sense of pressure coming from the D and PeyPey folds like a cheap suit and falls to the ground.

  20. While I’m not going to argue that “fair” has anything to do with the arguement between the owners and the players, to me this is a first-rate illustration of the authoritarian CEO mentality that is running this country into the ground; assuming it’s true.

    No one should get unaccountable power.

  21. The NFL is on the verge of a meltdown, and we’re talking about an idiot owner who got liquored up and ran his mouth off.

  22. The owners need to lock Richardson and Jones in their mansions and let the reasonable owners negotiate a deal.

  23. When you consider that as a wealthy man, he got bumped to the top of the UNOS list and got a new liver, that he might feel some gratitude about his new lease on life, but I guess he’s the same jerk he always was.

  24. 1st of all, good lord Jrich is a moron. Whatever money the NFL makes, as owners, Pmann is a major reason it’s being made. And whatever advantage Jrich thinks he gains by saying something like that…un, nope. X. Wrong. Backfire. Dumb. Make’s the league-side look bad in the public eye to be involved in this story. And the “perception” of this situation my the masses is of paramount importance, since every friggin’ cent the league makes comes from us being willing to pump our money into it. I don’t want JRich to make a dime after seeing this, if I’m the layman fan.

    And 2nd:

    Stairwayto7 writes: “What does Manning know about play safety? If he gets touched a flag is thrown! He has never been hurt so he really has no idea about player safety! Ask a RB, WR or DB about it, not some QB who throws his teammates under the bus after a loss!”
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    Not sure this makes much sense. There’s no logical connection between how many times you’ve been hurt and what you know about saftey. And if there was, wouldn’t a guy who has “never been hurt” be the oracle of knowledge about player saftey? (again, assuming there WAS any connection between the two). WOuldn’t Bwest be a guy who knows “less” about player saftey since he has been hurt more? Again, none of this is true- there is no connection. But that’s what it would be if there was one.

  25. Bottom line is players, and owners, know that more games = less saftey. Owners/the league are just two-faced about it. They say “Player saftey in paramount.” Then they fine guys huge amounts of money for basic parts of playing the game, before/ratherthan MANDATING the READILY AVAILABLE new helment technology be used by all players without exception. AND they want to add more games. AND they wanna stop playing football if they don’t get their way. Sounds to me, call me crazy, like $$$ is paramount, and player saftey is far, far, far down the line of importance to the owners. And why not? Players die? There are others. As long as the owners get their money.

    Seriously, is it not RIDICULOUS that through ALL this concussion stuff he NFL hasn’t even attempted to make it madatory that ALL players wear the more advanced protective headgear? One-eyed Jacks, man.

  26. Excuse me, correction: sounds to me like $$$ and POWER are paramount, and player saftey is far down the line. What a surprise. 50/50 is MORE than fair to the owners, especially considering the amount of annual revenue that 50 is.

  27. Did anyone give Manning a chance to answer? Let’s hear what he knows about player safety. Let the man speak.

  28. If I were Manning I’d have written “2-14″ and #1 Overall Draft Pick” on a piece of paper and held it up towards Jerry Richardson and asked him what he knows about running a football team.

    Then I’d lay 60 on his team and try for as many single game NFL Records as I could when they play next season.

    I’m on the owners side of this issue but there is no room for the type of behavior Jerry Richardson allegedly exhibited within these negotiations.

  29. jimr10 says: Feb 14, 2011 8:02 AM

    Dear Mr. Richardson: I quote Benjamin Franklin. “It is better to keep your mouth closed and look like a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

    ——–

    That was actually Mark Twain, hoss. The message remains though.

  30. Wow we’ve got neither ones side to the story and there is already bashing going on. People hating on Richardson and Manning. Richardson is the most respected owner in the league and Manning is the most respected (well talented quarterback) in the league. I think the Richardson bashers on this board are the same ones keeping the National Enquirer in business. Can you guys believe Michael Jackson’s corpse got up out of the grave and started walking around?? Hey lets get him to do the negotiations since you want to get people in there who don’t know sh*t!

  31. I don’t believe this story for a second. Just based on the picture of him above Jerry Richardson looks like a very warm, playful, and reasonable old fella.

  32. Let’s see owners have to pay:
    stadium costs
    union dues
    property tax
    staff payroll
    lawyer dues
    etc…

    Players have to pay:
    union dues
    lawyer dues (for the occasional hit and run, possession of a narcotic, DUI, DWI, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, dog fighting rings, rape, etc..)
    child support
    But they also get bonuses, product sponsorship, free clothes, free food, etc…

    So yeah, a 50/50 split is perfect for these two intelligent groups of people. ; D

  33. No offense to the Players and Owners, but I want to know what is going to be done to make games more affordable for us as fans !!! There will obviously be costs to us, but $5 for a 32oz soda ? $3.50 for a hot dog ($5.00 if you want fries ) i mean come on man! I go to a game and feel like i just got mugged! I cannot imagine how fans of teams like the Panthers, Browns Cincy and so on feel. Not only do they get mugged most of the time the team does not win to make the pain a little less…

  34. danwhitmer says: Feb 14, 2011 11:54 AM

    No offense to the Players and Owners, but I want to know what is going to be done to make games more affordable for us as fans !!! There will obviously be costs to us, but $5 for a 32oz soda ? $3.50 for a hot dog ($5.00 if you want fries ) i mean come on man! I go to a game and feel like i just got mugged! I cannot imagine how fans of teams like the Panthers, Browns Cincy and so on feel. Not only do they get mugged most of the time the team does not win to make the pain a little less…
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    It’s true…SO $$$ to go to a game it isn’t funny. And we seldom ate there…we ate first or afterwards and we never bought drinks we would bring our own water until they decided we couldn’t do that either. OSTENSIBLY because after 911 containers were considered a potential bomb/object that could injure but that was just some excuse they used so we had to fork over $4 for water. There was no parking lot AT the stadium either.

    I’ve been a rabid NFL fan for decades and the experience of going to a game just sucks now because a lot of fans are “see and be seen ” types now due to the high cost. They don’t want to WATCH THE GAME…just talk to each other and eat and be on their cell phones. It sucks…regardless of stadium.

    Unfortunately I don’t see a way this changes. Those days are just gone due to the salaries of the players and stadium costs (I remember the days that stadia were used for baseball AND football, now they each have to have their own except a couple holdouts like Mia). That’s why I buy Sunday Ticket and sit at home and love every minute of it.

  35. what a double standard piece of sh$t this guy is!
    no wonder goodell (a.k.a.) pinnochio always sides with the owners!!
    ____________________

    ROGER GOODELL IS EMPLOYED BY THE OWNERS, THAT IS WHY HE SIDES WITH THEM. WHY IS THIS SO HARD FOR YOU PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND?

    Goodell does not represent the players, the fans, politicians, alumni… he is the representative of the owners of the 32 NFL franchises. He is the figurehead elected to promote the interests of the owners. That is why he has a job and that is what he is paid to do.

    I do not understand why this is so complicated.

  36. Ok, so maybe Manning hasn’t been put out but he sure as hell has several teammates that HAVE, so yes, he does know about safety.

  37. At least now we know why the owners don’t have to pass the wunderlich test as a condition of ownership ! Some, like Richardson probably could’nt score double digits. I hope his teams fans boycott his product, and hit him in the pocketbook !!!!!!!!!

  38. Stairwayto7 writes: “What does Manning know about play safety? If he gets touched a flag is thrown! He has never been hurt so he really has no idea about player safety! Ask a RB, WR or DB about it, not some QB who throws his teammates under the bus after a loss!”

    ***

    Fractured jaw…missed one play. Sprained knee…missed most of preseason. Surgery to clean up ruptured bursa sac in knee turned into a serious infection & led to several more surgeries…returned in time for regular season though he was far from 100%. Neck surgery last off-season.

    So yeah, Peyton Manning has been hurt before. And yeah, Peyton Manning takes some nasty hits out there right before he gets rid of the ball. But he’s also smart enough to avoid a killshot if no one is open & he’s about to get drilled.

    And what makes Richardson’s comment even more idiotic is that Peyton’s own brother, Cooper, had to quit football at Ole Miss due to severe nerve problems in his neck & arm. So yes, Peyton does know a little something about player safety.

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