On what may be the last day of negotiations between the owners and the players before a work stoppage that leaves fans furious at both sides, one of the highest-profile members of the union is already offering fans an apology.
Drew Brees, who is actively involved in the negotiations, put out a message to fans on Twitter this morning, apologizing in advance.
“I am very sorry that you as fans have to endure this. Football is more than just a game for all of us. We will keep fighting . . . always,” Brees wrote.
Brees also tried his best to explain in 140-character bits why the fans should be on the players’ side.
“To our fans – I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal,” Brees wrote. “The NFL brought this fight to us – they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request. They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players – past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back.”
But failing to reach an agreement would be a huge step back for all involved. And Brees doesn’t sound optimistic that an agreement can be reached today.