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Chester Pitts says lockout will “end soon,” once one side gets leverage


At the tail end of a Monday appearance on ESPN2’s First Take during which Seahawks guard Chester Pitts and Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock discussed their recent Commish crank-call video, Pitts offered the most important observation of the entire segment.

“It ends soon,” Pitts said regarding when the lockout.  “Basically, one side is going to get leverage in the courts.  And whichever side has leverage is going to force the hand of the other.”

Assuming that Pitts is as plugged in as he seems to be with the players’ thinking, it means that the players are going for the victory — a lifting of the lockout in court — and that if the players lose they’ll do whatever deal the loss of leverage dictates.

We hope he’s right.  Our concern regarding a negotiated compromise post-leverage arises from the lack of trust between the players and the owners.  Unless the currently poisonous atmosphere between the two sides has been exaggerated, it won’t be easy to work out a multi-billion-dollar contract.

As to the video in which Pitts calls Goodell “Fraudger” and asks him in Barack Obama’s voice to stop being a “douche,” Pitts said there was no “malice intent,” even though Pitts said that the video was intended to poke fun at some of the untruthful things (in the players’ assessment) the league and Goodell have said.

“I was thinking during the season I’ll probably get a lot of fines after he sees this,” Brock joked.

Pitts said he expected more people to be upset about the video, but that only five percent of the folks who reacted to it via social media had negative things to say.  Pitts also shared his frustrations regarding the events that resulted in the current dispute.

“Just come out and be honest, and just say you want more money,” Pitts said.  “Like, I can deal with that.  I can live with that.  That’s business.  That’s the way the world goes.  But what really bothers me and upsets me is just the untruthful and the insincerity that’s brought to a lot of the press conferences, these teleconferencing calls with fans, just the interviews, that’s what kind of irks me and gets me upset.  That’s what I’m responding to.”

For starters, the league has never said that it doesn’t want more money.  From the get-go, the league asked for another $1 billion off the top before the money is shared by the players and the teams.

As to allegations of untruthfulness and insincerity, some may wonder whether Pitts is referring to Goodell, NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith, or both.

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39 Responses to “Chester Pitts says lockout will “end soon,” once one side gets leverage”
  1. trbowman says: May 16, 2011 5:16 PM

    Correction – the lockout will end once one side gets leverage, and the other side concedes they can’t get any of that leverage back.

  2. waka1waka says: May 16, 2011 5:18 PM

    Mike-I know you like to get cute with words, but its very clear who he was referring to regarding untruthfulness and insincerity. If you think that of De Smith- just say so pal.

  3. clayjayhawk says: May 16, 2011 5:18 PM

    One side won’t get leverage till we get to the Peoples court and Bull Shanon forces everyone to be nice.

  4. 2mannings1cup says: May 16, 2011 5:26 PM

    Please, tell us what else Chester has to say.

  5. mymorningstory says: May 16, 2011 5:28 PM

    The fact is the players CAN’T WIN! Otherwise there wouldn’t be a lock out. The fact is the owners are going to come out of this w/ what they want no matter what.

    If the courts rule in the players favor it will just mean the lock out is going to last even longer! The owners are clearly willing to make the players hurt financially. I think we’re all beginning to realize this lockout isn’t going to end before week one of the nfl season.

  6. keramidas21 says: May 16, 2011 5:29 PM

    Isn’t this what they have been telling us for months now?

  7. Southpaw says: May 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    I already said this in the “Shutdown option confirmed” article comments… this isn’t a battle over the deal, which is exactly why negotiating is worthless right now – it’s a battle over leverage. Whoever wins this court hearing will have the leverage to get the better end of the deal.

    I’m rooting for the league purely because the league is closer to winning more absolute leverage than the players, not to mention the fact that the players got the sweetheart deal last time, and their inability to make concessions this time around is obnoxious.


  8. bobwhitequail says: May 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    Pitts is nothing more than a mouthpiece and tool for his agent.

    His agent is the son of Jeffrey Kessler, the lead council for the NFPLA. Kessler wants to blow everything up, the draft, salary cap, and any of the other rules that have made the NFL so successful. And the longer it takes the more money he makes. And if he is successful, his whole family will be unbelievably rich.

    I wonder if players such as Pitts have any concept at how they are being manipulated. This is all about power politics and Kessler is the power player here. I feel bad for the players who are being used by this guy.

  9. mystictate says: May 16, 2011 5:32 PM

    I dont think the loser in the court system is going to tuck their tail and take the deal of the loser!!! Chester is a FOOL!!

  10. bobwhitequail says: May 16, 2011 5:33 PM

    Kessler’s son represents 28 former first round picks BTW.

  11. bunjy96 says: May 16, 2011 5:33 PM

    WOW! An unbiased thread.

    Just finished cleaning my keyboard after reading it and spitting Pepsi all over it.

  12. skoobyfl says: May 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    Chester’s Law degree is from a Bazooka pack, so I’d weight that into this story pretty heavily.

  13. djrando7 says: May 16, 2011 5:38 PM


  14. warchild132 says: May 16, 2011 5:39 PM


    Plain and simple they are both lying like its an election year

  15. surshot says: May 16, 2011 5:39 PM

    I guess every one else is pissed and not making a comment on anything. I am too sorry Mike

  16. seahawkhuskyfan says: May 16, 2011 5:40 PM

    The players are not smart enough to see the owners already have the upper hand. If they lose in the courts, they simply go to shutdown mode. Hello guys wake up!! You are not going to be making 7 digits anywhere else. And I am a huge Seahawks fan but Chester Pitts is not the smartest bear in the woods.

  17. stull60060 says: May 16, 2011 5:46 PM

    There will be a winner and that will be the OWNERS. THEY ARE THE EMPLOYERS AND THE PLAYERS ARE THE EMPLOYEES. If the players don’t like that then they are free to find some other job that will pay them what they make playing football. If the Marxist judges decide that the owners must lift the lock out or worse pay damages to these employees then if I were the owners I would shut the whole thing down completely until further notice. I don’t care about some stupid fans either. I am a football fan, but this is more important than a football game. It’s about what’s right and wrong. Imagine taking all the risk of starting a business and having your employees telling you what you must pay them and how many hours a week they will work. You’d be out of business real fast. The players need to return to planet earth.

  18. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: May 16, 2011 5:48 PM

    Here’s an idea. The NFL should allow the players to come back to work if they agree to opt out of the class action lawsuit. Once players start crossing the line the “union” will fold and we will have NFL peace at last..!

  19. 2011to2020lions says: May 16, 2011 5:48 PM

    Pitts, as an actor once said, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!
    Please just put the pride in the pocket and get a deal done. Just pretend you both lost and start working out a deal. Geeeez it is not that hard!!

  20. hawkeye6 says: May 16, 2011 5:49 PM

    Sooooo, you’re saying it should be over now.

  21. geemoney713 says: May 16, 2011 5:50 PM

    No way the owners will let court leverage themselves away from calling the shots on something they OWN.

    If players lose, players lose. If owners lose, they still have grounds to fight on.

  22. vahawker says: May 16, 2011 5:52 PM

    Obvious neither side wants a “fair” settlement. They simply want to be able to hold the other party’s feet to the fire and maximize short term gains regardless of potential long term consequences.

    Idiots, morons, fools, jack wagons, …(insert appropriate description here).

    Family Fun Sundays sounds pretty good to me.

  23. nfl25 says: May 16, 2011 5:54 PM

    The main thing in every situation like this is Motive. If you are trying to figure out who to believe is negotiating in good faith. Look at motive. What motive do the players have to negotiate a new deal right now? None. The owners are the ones that have something to lose. The players can just sit back and name call.

    Only way this thing ends is if the owners get some leverage. The players could care less about negotiating, until they lose paycheck, or they feel they will lose this war. The owners will not give into these guys. They want a fair deal. They cant let the players run the show. Its like letting the fans be the GM.

  24. nfl25 says: May 16, 2011 5:56 PM

    Slim Charles says: May 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    These fat, greedy bastards are going to take your football away – anyone who supports the owners at this point has battered wife syndrome or is racist.

    there is a player backer for you. need i say more?

  25. whoknowsnothing says: May 16, 2011 6:01 PM

    Just give the owners 60% of revenue and the players 40%, but give the players some type of compensation for medical, ………ran out of time>

  26. judgejuday says: May 16, 2011 6:02 PM

    How this guy manages to constantly make headlines with PFT boggles my mind.

  27. possiblecabbage says: May 16, 2011 6:04 PM

    The problem, of course, is that Pitts and the other former union leadership are no longer in charge of their side of things unless the union is recertified. So if you’re not one of the Brady case plaintiffs or their representation, you don’t really get a say and last time I checked Mr. Pitts was not involved in that lawsuit.

    Plus, if the players were open to the possibility of the courts granting leverage to the NFL and then taking whatever the NFL’s best offer would be, why wouldn’t they be willing to take the NFL’s best offer in March… or at least offer a counterproposal that the NFL might take and just avoid this whole mess?

  28. nflfan101 says: May 16, 2011 6:13 PM

    “It end soon,” Pitts said regarding when the lockout. “Basically, one side is going to get leverage in the courts. And whichever side has leverage is going to force the hand of the other.”


    I totally disagree. D. Smith has too much of his ego invested in this mess to negotiate anything now. Regardless of whether the players win or lose the lockout appeal, D. Smith is going for the throat of the NFL to kill the draft and all player employee rules. D. Smith will negotiate only if the anti-trust suit is lost and how long will that take.

    On the other hand, if the NFL loses the lockout appeal, the only real option it and the teams have is to shut down completely and wait for the anti-trust suit to be resolved.

    I really do not see how this mess can end anytime soon.

    FACT: D. Smith walked out of CBA negotiations, decertified the union, had certain players file suit, did not attend at lease one court ordered mediation sessions, and now does not encourage any players to attend the most recent mediation session.

    Fans, players, and PFT employees that really want football need to tell D. Smith to get his butt into negotiations.

  29. derekjetersmansion says: May 16, 2011 6:24 PM

    Schefter just said that the stay has been granted.

  30. nflrulez says: May 16, 2011 6:26 PM

    Than the lockout should end soon seeing as the stay has been granted according to Adam Schefter.

  31. siggy00 says: May 16, 2011 6:27 PM

    Appeals court grants stay; players remain locked out

    The 8th U.S. Circuit Court Monday granted the NFL’s request for a stay, pending appeal.

  32. nflrulez says: May 16, 2011 6:28 PM

    Btw, he says that according to the judge’s words in the ruling that the players are in trouble.

  33. chapnastier says: May 16, 2011 6:36 PM

    I think I speak for everyone when I say that Chester Pitts has lost what little credibility he ever had. He is a joke, a clown and nothing he says matters at this point.

  34. stairwayto7 says: May 16, 2011 6:44 PM

    Hey Pitts, the court of appeals put the stay in montion so the Lockout continues! You will not play a regular season game until Oct 23 at the earliest if at all!!!!!

  35. chizzle20 says: May 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    Who is Chester Pitts?

  36. prmpft says: May 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    …and do we know what BRAD PITT says yet??? That’s just as important…

  37. nflfan101 says: May 16, 2011 6:59 PM

    vahawker says: May 16, 2011 5:52 PM

    Obvious neither side wants a “fair” settlement. They simply want to be able to hold the other party’s feet to the fire and maximize short term gains regardless of potential long term consequences.


    I disagree. I believe that the NFL and owners want a fair settlement. If they wanted to screw the players, they would not have agreed to the 2006 CBA which everyone recognizes as a great deal for the players.

    I also believe that most players want a fair deal.

    I know that D. Smith does not want a fair deal. He wants what he wants and he does not care if it is fair to the NFL, owners, or players.

    FACT: D. Smith walked out of CBA negotiations, decertified the union, had certain players file suit, did not attend at lease one court ordered mediation sessions, and now does not encourage any players to attend the most recent mediation session.

    If fans, players, and PFT employees really want football then they need to tell D. Smith to get his butt into negotiations.

  38. vahawker says: May 16, 2011 7:14 PM

    nflfan..better idea would be to tell DeIdiot to get his butt as far away from civilization as possible and make the world a better place all together.

  39. commoncents says: May 16, 2011 10:24 PM

    Mike De-Flo-Mo must be getting a lot of negative press. based on the PFT settings. If you weren’t so biased, I wouldn’t write bad things about you Mike.

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