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Chester Pitts takes issue with report of planned decertification

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Recently, reports emerged that NFLPA executive director De Smith told players via conference call that the current plan is to decertify the union and launch Litigeddon.

Adam Schefter of ESPN posted the news on Twitter, Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated re-tweeted it, and Seahawks union rep Chester Pitts responded sharply.

“False!” Pitts said on Twitter.  “Some people have ZERO integrity!”

Interesting stuff.  At least he didn’t call Schefter a “false rumor monger.”

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18 Responses to “Chester Pitts takes issue with report of planned decertification”
  1. johnjosephyossarian says: Mar 11, 2011 3:26 PM

    Maybe you could write a piece about the PR firms the parties have hired.

  2. johnjosephyossarian says: Mar 11, 2011 3:27 PM

    They are working overtime.

  3. tjp2033 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:27 PM

    just the players trying to save face once again

  4. siggy00 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:29 PM

    What? Schefter being accused AGAIN of making up stories? Oh go on.

  5. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Mar 11, 2011 3:31 PM

    Ain’t that the truth.

  6. tjp2033 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:31 PM

    MikeSilver Michael Silver
    A good source just told me that management’s offer “split the difference.” The union hasn’t countered

    MikeSilver Michael Silver
    Same source: Union made no counter, heading to court

    So the union didn’t even want to counter? And people want to say the players are getting screwed. Looks like the players are trying to save face with the fans, when it is really them trying to get the lockout.

  7. 2011to2020lions says: Mar 11, 2011 3:31 PM

    Well good maybe the gag order is working, maybe not, but maybe!!! I just wish we could all get along, and play nice. Most of us just want football, and if you ask Roger the whole world wants it, and he want a paycheck, so just agree and lets move on to free agency please.

  8. benh999 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:33 PM

    In other words, it makes the PA look bad unless decertification happens after the expiration of the extension and a lockout is imposed. To be planning to decertify before that happens makes the PA look like it is not negotiating in good faith.

  9. drslipdadic2me says: Mar 11, 2011 3:34 PM

    Stuff it Pitts, we aren’t stupid buddy!

  10. Marv says: Mar 11, 2011 3:36 PM

    I can’t remember any information Shefter shared to be “wrong”!

    He is a great guy – players losing more of my respect and sympathy with every single information that comes out!

  11. cappa662 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    The report probably came from PFT.

  12. firethorn1001 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:39 PM

    This entire court of public opinion is stupid. They each want you to be against the other and both make up essentially the same thing the NFL.

    I’m with the player’s, I’ll show those owners.. I’ll boycott going to games.

    Oh.. I’m with the owners so I’ll show those players by not watching them.

  13. volfan64 says: Mar 11, 2011 3:44 PM

    We, as fans need a union. And we need to strike!!!

  14. tiredofthestupid says: Mar 11, 2011 3:51 PM

    How about “we don’t really know what’s going on because each side’s sources have ulterior motives to make the other side look bad/their side look good” ?

    To say the owners don’t want the best deal they can get verses the best deal the player’s can get is unrealistic. BOTH sides want the “best” deal they can get. Who knows what that “best” is for either side…

  15. eaglebobby says: Mar 11, 2011 3:54 PM

    They can’t cry lockout if they decertify. They’ll be independent contractors without a union.

  16. fastrichie says: Mar 11, 2011 4:00 PM

    Hey Chester … You might want to give De Smith a ring and see what his master plan is because it sounds like you don’t have a clue!

  17. txchief says: Mar 11, 2011 4:16 PM

    The player vote to decertify many months ago is proof itself that the union never had any legitimate plan to fairly negotiate. That fact will hurt the player greatly when this goes to court.

  18. richm2256 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:19 PM

    How’s YOUR “integrity” NOW, Chester?????

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