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Giants will close weight room pending clarification from court

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As it turns out, the New York Giants won’t be keeping their weight room open to players in the wake of the ruling lifting the lockout.

Despite the fact that defensive lineman Chris Canty was permitted to work out on his own Tuesday, team spokesman Pat Hanlon said (via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger) that no lifting will be permitted on Wednesday.

“We have decided that our workout and training rooms will be closed until we get clarification from the pending challenges to the court’s decision,” Hanlon said in an e-mail to reporters.

Players will be allowed to enter the team’s facility.  It remains to be seen whether any players try to do so.

Clarification regarding the order lifting the lockout, including whether the ruling will be stayed pending appeal, could come as soon as Wednesday.

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26 Responses to “Giants will close weight room pending clarification from court”
  1. Deb says: Apr 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    What do they need clarified? As of now, the lockout is over and they’re open for business until told otherwise.

    Mike, these reports make it seem as though the owners are throwing tantrums because they can’t accept not getting their way … or that they and their attorneys never once considered this possibility despite most legal analysts saying this outcome was likely. Isn’t it Goodell’s job to help the teams coordinate and act in a rational and cohesive manner during this period of uncertainty?

  2. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 26, 2011 10:30 PM

    But I thought the Giants were so “classy”?

    What happened?

  3. commoncents says: Apr 26, 2011 10:35 PM

    The NFLPA should be negotiating with some urgancy and some honor. I want to cheer for the player but I can’t respect their representation.

  4. forthelove says: Apr 26, 2011 10:39 PM

    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says:
    Apr 26, 2011 10:30 PM
    But I thought the Giants were so “classy”?

    What happened?
    ————————————————-

    They received some strong words from the other owners, that’s what happened.

  5. alanschech says: Apr 26, 2011 10:49 PM

    Big mistake by the Giants……..lockout has been lifted, let the players in, why are the Mara’s almost having a temper tantrum. Wellington is turning over.

  6. dk56 says: Apr 26, 2011 10:58 PM

    The e-mail from the league office was in John Mara’s secretary’s spam folder. Since she called in sick today, the team did not know it had violated the current league policy that know one will admit exists.

  7. crosbyhasgonorrhea says: Apr 26, 2011 11:12 PM

    Sounds like the other owners weren’t too pleased and rang up John Mara (is he still on jury duty?)

  8. grandsonofcoach says: Apr 26, 2011 11:26 PM

    @Deb,

    “Isn’t it Goodell’s job to help the teams coordinate and act in a rational and cohesive manner during this period of uncertainty?”

    Actually, any effort by the league to “coordinate” and “act in a cohesive manner” is potential grounds for collusion and subject to more antitrust litigation. The players lawyers and NFLPA* want the lockout lifted so that the NFL has to apply rules to govern the chaos so that the NFLPA* can then attack those collectively applied NFL rules as antitrust violations. This is the strategy of the player’s side…like it or not. Attack the fabric of the game as we know it so that they can gain leverage when they return to the bargaining table.

  9. jazzytrav says: Apr 26, 2011 11:42 PM

    So they’ve enacted a stay pending a stay. Makes perfect sense.

  10. smackingfools says: Apr 27, 2011 12:35 AM

    I can’t wait until they miss even 1 scheduled game or do away with kickoffs. I’ll be finished with this stupid league forever. No more Sunday ticket for me.

  11. melonnhead says: Apr 27, 2011 12:38 AM

    “But I thought the Giants were so “classy”? What happened?”

    ——————————————————

    Somebody told them that if a player gets hurt while working out that they could be held liable, and without a CBA in place that could potentially be really big bucks that some of their “classy” players could sue them for.

  12. valman61 says: Apr 27, 2011 12:57 AM

    I’d have to agree with the above posters, the league intervened. As a giants season ticket holder n avid follower of the team, i honestly believe the ownership opposes the lockout n wants business to resume as usual. As a large market team, they consistently sell out n even got away with large psl fees (which I paid). They are doing outstanding financially which is why they advocate for revenue sharing, competitive balance, and a fair collectively bargained agreement with players. Unfortunately for every giants, patriots, steelers owners there is also a bengals, panthers, jaguars owners who will fight tooth and nail for wider margins in the form of more off the top, lower wages, or revenue sharing.

  13. sdboltaction says: Apr 27, 2011 1:21 AM

    Thats gotta be the gnarliest face mask I’ve ever seen, looks like Sub Zero from Mortal Combat, crap!

  14. nyjalleffingday says: Apr 27, 2011 2:12 AM

    I bet the Jets are real stung by Cantys words now, HA.

  15. ursushorribilis says: Apr 27, 2011 2:27 AM

    Simpleminded cretins….because your left-leaning judge ruled as expected you think you won the war?

    I would not be surprised if this somehow winds up in the Supreme Court…..and you KNOW how they will rule….

    I would not be surprised if some of the vocal union cretins somehow get CUT and are replaced by drafted rookies…..

    Billionaires can hire BETTER lawyers and can always win the war of attrition!

  16. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 27, 2011 7:18 AM

    Let’s see, one minute you are “classy” for not doing what all the others are doing.

    Next minute you ARE doing what others are doing, after some urging from those others.

    Doesn’t sound “classy” to me, sounds weak and hypocritical. Typical New Yawkers

  17. quirtevans says: Apr 27, 2011 8:04 AM

    <<>>

    They are 32 separate businesses, according to the Supreme Court. They aren’t allowed to act collectively, without violating the anti-trust laws. So, unless you view his job as helping the owners violate the anti-trust laws, no, he can’t help them coordinate, and he can’t help them act cohesively.

    One can only assume the amount of pressure that was put on the Giants to conform. If there is ever a full-blown trial, words like “collusion” will be thrown around, and there will be lots of ugly evidence about this situation.

    As an aside, I think there is one way for the owners to act in concert. They can become a single business by selling their interests in their teams to the league, and then each taking a 1/32 interest in the league. They can then manage each team as a distinct division of the overall enterprise. To do that, they’d have to move to complete profit-sharing, though. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

  18. eagleswin says: Apr 27, 2011 8:26 AM

    Deb says:Apr 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    What do they need clarified? As of now, the lockout is over and they’re open for business until told otherwise.
    —————————–
    They need clarified what they can and can’t do because business as usual (ie . 2010 rules) would potentially be used against them in the antitrust suite. The judge can not order them to do something illegal.

  19. lennydpocketqb says: Apr 27, 2011 8:39 AM

    Jerry Jones put out a nice buffet for the Cowboys.

  20. east96st says: Apr 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    “I would not be surprised if this somehow winds up in the Supreme Court…..and you KNOW how they will rule….”

    Yeah. They ruled AGAINST the owners 9-0 in the Needle case. Try to follow along.

  21. east96st says: Apr 27, 2011 9:22 AM

    “Doesn’t sound “classy” to me, sounds weak and hypocritical. Typical New Yawkers”

    Funny coming from a moron who wouldn’t last one day here. Not because it’s “tough” (safest large city in America for over a decade now) but because you lack the education and intelligence to make enough money to live here. Here’s the deal – NYC has been paying FAR more in taxes than it EVER gets back in Federal dollars. Basically, we have supporting upstate NY and the red states for well over three decades now. Give us back our money and let us leave the union and we’ll be happy to never bother you again. If we don’t have send all our money to Washington to support dirtbag trailer home states like Mississippi ($1.84 of Fed money for every dollar of taxes) and Alaska ($1.82 of Fed money for every dollar of taxes), we’ll do just fine on our own. We will even throw in upstate NY, which is another burden we have to support. We’ll be happy to let you have Albany and everything north, east, and west of it. Absolutely no charge.

  22. bigdan7885 says: Apr 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    Do you know where the weight room is?….I’ll check it out…

  23. Deb says: Apr 27, 2011 1:04 PM

    @grandsonofcoach and eagleswin …

    You guys are absolutely right, of course. “Duh” and :roll: to me this time. I was just too anxious for a way to smart off at Goodell. Really can’t stand that guy. But thanks for the intelligent responses!

  24. granadafan says: Apr 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    “ursushorribilis says:
    Apr 27, 2011 2:27 AM
    Simpleminded cretins….because your left-leaning judge ruled as expected you think you won the war?”
    ————————————————————————

    Left-leaning judge????? Oh dear, what a typical ignorant comment from the Teabaggers. Newsflash, this isn’t about the left or the right. Let.It.Go.

  25. nyjalleffingday says: Apr 27, 2011 5:18 PM

    @east96th

    That was the greatest thing ever said about NY, ever.

  26. Deb says: Apr 27, 2011 8:48 PM

    @east96th …

    That was well-said, which is a tremendous compliment from a Southerner ;)

    But you are not allowed to leave unless you promise to continue piping Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (particularly Stewart … yum!) to the rest of us. My sanity depends on it.

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