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Lockout rules keep Leslie Frazier from dealing with recent player issues

Leslie Frazier

Here’s a tangible example of the problems presented by the lockout.  Two Vikings players had a rough week, with cornerback Chris Cook getting arrested for brandishing a gun and running back Adrian Peterson facing widespread criticism for comparing the plight of players to “modern-day slavery.”

Coach Leslie Frazier, widely regarded as a man who knows how to communicate effectively and productively with his players (unlike his predecessor), can’t talk to either Cook or Peterson.

“Adrian is a great kid, as you guys know,” Frazier told reporters Sunday while arriving at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for league meetings.  “This is a time where not being able to communicate with the players — it’s hard to form an opinion. . . .  So, you kind of reserve judgment on everything that you see right now . . . all the information that you’re getting is through the media.”

The league has strictly prohibited contact with players during the lockout.  It’s reportedly an offense for which coaches could be fired with cause, meaning they’d leave without further pay.

Though no coach has complained publicly about the situation, we’ve got a feeling that some paint has been peeling off the walls of team facilities without any tools or thinner.

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8 Responses to “Lockout rules keep Leslie Frazier from dealing with recent player issues”
  1. Kave Krew says: Mar 21, 2011 7:46 AM

    The good news is that it’s not boating season yet………

    Kudos to Frazier for pulling off a smooth tactic…..it sure looks to me that Frazier just did talk to his players in question thru the media – mission accomplished. That’s why he’s going to be a good HC

  2. eagleswin says: Mar 21, 2011 7:52 AM

    It is a frustrating time for everyone. Unfortunately the Union* chose litigation over negotiation and the coaches are caught in the middle. I do feel for the coaches as they are powerless in this battle between the two sides. Then again maybe “slave” Peterson doesn’t want to talk to his “slave overseer”, you never know.

  3. Patriot42 says: Mar 21, 2011 8:00 AM

    Why do you high light Frazier? Does he have a special issue?

  4. vahawker says: Mar 21, 2011 8:25 AM

    Holy cow…I tongue in cheek call for eliminating the kickoff all together thinking nobody could even consider something like that and what do you know…they have considered it.

  5. JimmySmith says: Mar 21, 2011 8:53 AM

    Frazier might be a step up from Col Klink but in all fairness, that’s not setting the bar very high.

    Considering the collective criminal rap sheet of their current roster, Frazier woud be lucky to deal only with the slavery comments. But what could he say to Peterson that hasn’t already been said to most Viking fans, stop being a dumbass? If that is even possible?

  6. thetobygrizwold says: Mar 21, 2011 8:58 AM

    All you can do is laugh at this.

  7. curlypacker says: Mar 21, 2011 10:55 AM

    The saga continues. At this point I could care less about the owners, players and coaches. They are reaping what the sow. I wonder how much of an impact this whole follie will have on the fans.

  8. brewdogg says: Mar 22, 2011 2:26 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    Mar 21, 2011 8:53 AM
    Frazier might be a step up from Col Klink but in all fairness, that’s not setting the bar very high.

    Considering the collective criminal rap sheet of their current roster, Frazier woud be lucky to deal only with the slavery comments. But what could he say to Peterson that hasn’t already been said to most Viking fans, stop being a dumbass? If that is even possible?
    ——————————————-

    Johnny Jolly.
    Brandon Underwood.
    Spencer Havner.
    Charles Woodson.
    Ahman Green.
    Najeh Davenport.
    Nick Barnett.
    Mark Chmura.

    Hey little jimmy, stop being a dumbass.

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