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NFLPA* plans a rookie symposium of its own

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A week after the rookie symposium became the first casualty of the NFL lockout, the NFLPA* has decided to host its own version of the annual event.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the event will take place June 28-29 in Washington, D.C.

NFLPA* spokesman George Atallah told SI.com that the symposium will be open to every player who was drafted this year, and will focus on financial planning, dealing with the media and other issues that have traditionally been a part of the rookie symposium.

“It was important for us to do this because it’s a critical time in the lives of players who are about to enter the league,” Atallah said. “Lockout issues aside, it’s important that players are prepared for this next phase in their lives and careers.”

One interesting question is what kind of turnout this version of the symposium will get. In years past, attendance was always close to perfect, and the league would fine the small handful of players who didn’t attend. The NFLPA* event is voluntary, and we’ll find out how many players attend just because they want to, not because they have to.

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  1. clintonportisheadd says: May 31, 2011 3:40 PM

    If they are smart (or have good advisers) they will be there.

    Long after this lock out is lifted the things that they will learn are going to prove very valuable.

    They can also lobby the NFLPA not to sell them down the river with the NFL with a new rookie salary cap….

  2. vahawker says: May 31, 2011 3:40 PM

    Will DeMoron sue the may some day be rookies who don’t show up?

  3. mjbudenz says: May 31, 2011 3:41 PM

    “…the NFLPA* has decided to host its own version of the annual event.”

    Sounds like something a union would do for its members.

  4. tonyinmd says: May 31, 2011 3:44 PM

    Best thing the NFLPA has done so far in all of this mess.

  5. jamaltimore says: May 31, 2011 3:46 PM

    Careers?? I didn’t know Slavery was an actual career choice? If anything NFLPA should tell these poor souls to run back to college, finish their degrees so they can get real JOB out of college starting at 40K and maybe even healthcare if they are lucky!

    There’s no future being a slave where the masters only pay you 58% of their profit! Hopefully D will be there to set them on the path to a REAL career!

  6. rabiddawg51 says: May 31, 2011 3:47 PM

    I wonder who is paying for this symposium? NFLPA*? The Rookies* If the union decertified what happened to the dues money they had in their possession? I highly doubt anything was returned to the former NFLPA members… Interesting legal questions regarding a sham decertification.

  7. cuzidid42 says: May 31, 2011 3:49 PM

    Here we go again…. with more important issues, the NFLPA or NFLPA* ( whichever you believe) is setting up thier own symposiun because it’s important to do so for thier careers.

    Why not wait till they start thier careers first and then supply them with a list of reliable financial planners.

    Seems to me that the NFLPA* is still operating as a union.

  8. hobartbaker says: May 31, 2011 3:53 PM

    They can litinize the rookie mistakes of DeMo as a cautionary tale.

  9. marty2019 says: May 31, 2011 3:56 PM

    NFLPA??? There is no such thing. They decertified. How can the NFLPA host a rookie symposium if they don’t exist???

  10. smittydub says: May 31, 2011 3:56 PM

    Only NFL employees/reps would constantly look for every obscure opportunity to argue that the *NFLPA is still operating as a union…that will be decided by the courts…in the meantime you guys need to get a hobby. It’s getting so old….

  11. myballsmyrules says: May 31, 2011 3:58 PM

    Oh boy, I can only imagine the crash courses taught to the rookies by the *NFLPA

    Greed is good- taught by Demo Smith
    Balancing your budget- taught by Dez Bryant
    Proganda spinning- taught by Drew Brees
    Family unity – taught by Antonio Cromartie
    Hyponosis and bilking the flock- DEmo Smith
    How to speak intelligently- taught by Rashard Mendenhall, Adrian peterson, Derek mason,
    Memorizing the Miranda Warning- taught by Aquib Talib with guest speaker GODMOTHER Talib

    Lying effectively- guest speaker Jim Tressel

    Criminal defense referrals and bailbondsman referrals will be provided by Donte stallworth, Ray Lewis, Nick Kaczur.

  12. canuck54143 says: May 31, 2011 4:01 PM

    If the stats are true and 80% of the players are broke 5 years after they retire I think the NFLPA has done a very poor job protecting their members past, present, and future. You would think their “Union”or “Association” would look to prevent this from happening over and over again. You would think the Union would have a list of Finacial Advisors, and Marketing Agents approved or recommended by NFLPA* with a history of success, and start educating all players past present, and future. Isn’t a Unions job to protect their members, and look out for one another?

  13. dldove77 says: May 31, 2011 4:01 PM

    If I was a player, I’d be wondering why the union I pay dues to never offered this event for me in the past.

  14. jimr10 says: May 31, 2011 4:06 PM

    Is that a symposium or an old fashioned brain washing?

  15. igor1984 says: May 31, 2011 4:16 PM

    What about the undrafted rookie free agents? Do they get a chance attend?

  16. myballsmyrules says: May 31, 2011 4:17 PM

    @jimr10

    Good one.

    If it’s arranged by DEmo Smith then you can be sure its a Hypnosis/Brainwashing session

  17. jakek2 says: May 31, 2011 4:22 PM

    The most important thing De-Best Union President in NFL History can provide the rooks is a course on TRUTH:

    1) You ARE the league. Without you, there is no NFL.

    2) Owners are making money hand over fist. If they weren’t, they’d prove it to you by showing the BOOKS.

    3) Owners don’t care about you. The rules are to protect their investment in you not because they worry about you becoming a vegetable or a cripple later in life.

    4) The owners are NOT negotiating in good faith. Even a NFL draftee who came through the streets knows not to part with cash until you see the goods (i.e. the books).

    5) Don’t take PFT as gospel. Owners are telling their non-football employees that fan opinion will drive the lockout. These non-football employees, such as the guys/gals that mop the stadium latrines are the exact low-level, low-intelligence gnomes patrolling the site. That is why they have no arguments but to make fun of Dee’s name and hats.

    6) Power is in numbers. Stay strong!!

  18. myballsmyrules says: May 31, 2011 4:28 PM

    @Jakek2

    Thank you Drew Brees for another classic moronic propaganda statement.

    Please share my congratulations with DEMo who is sitting by your side and who helped you write it

  19. dbellina says: May 31, 2011 4:31 PM

    If they’re smart, they will go to it. IF they’re smart….

  20. harmcityhomer says: May 31, 2011 4:36 PM

    Hillarious stuff.

    Just because the players decertified the union and gave up collective bargaining rights, it does not mean that they no longer exist.

    There are thousands of trade associations in this country alone. This is one of the things they do. In a lot of ways they are like a union, but they are not a union.

  21. eaglesfan290 says: May 31, 2011 4:36 PM

    I bet they get less than 50% of the rookies to attend!

    In a related note this year will focus in on such topics as:

    How to sue the NFL and Win

    Where to obtain high interest loans to keep you going in a lockout

    A workshop and where to buy your BLING

    How to trick out your ride

    How to buy a home you can’t afford

    How to get out of a Contract and make them owners pay

    Guest Speaker Ben Roethlisberger : “What to do when she just won’t say YES”

    Guest Speaker Albert Haynesworth “Road Rage how to hit em where it Hurts”

    Guest Speaker Lawrence Taylor “How to check ID and avoid an STD”

    Guest Speaker Antonio Cromartie “Avoiding Child Support in a lockout”

    Guest Speaker Plaxico Burress, Michael Irving, Shaun Rodgers “How to pack heat”

    Special giveaway Win a date with DeSmith, and a poetry reading from Sun Tzu “The Art of War”!

    The event will be held at the local Strip Club and bring your own 40’s 420 friendly!

  22. redrew says: May 31, 2011 4:37 PM

    The 35 minimum wage guys on every roster will forfeit a year’s woth of paychecks so the likes of Brady, Manning, and Brees can get a bigger chunk of the owners’ money. You minimum wage guys. WAKE the F**K up and realize you are the power group, not the QBs or their agents. These multicontract millionaires want more, and you are their sacrificial lambs.

  23. terminatorlikesmaids says: May 31, 2011 4:41 PM

    jake your an idiot. low level gnomes? Maybe a better name would be hard working people. People that struggle to make ends meet. People with more integrity and character you will ever know. People trying to take care of other people in their family, maybe sick parents or kids. And no, I don’t work for the owners…I am a 25 yr Firefighter. Your ridiculous insults on hard working people should show everyone reading what kind of individual you are. Close up your laptop and leave people alone. What an idiot.

  24. jakek2 says: May 31, 2011 4:46 PM

    redrew – Brady, Manning and Brees fill seats so minimum wage guys get paid the nice chunk they get. The more Brady, Manning, Brees grow the pie, the more available for the min wage guys. Bottom line…they’re all in it together and DeMo has obviously gotten that message across!

  25. radrhatr says: May 31, 2011 4:47 PM

    the “SHAM” continues. Just in time for the appeal hearing.

    Good job, Dee. What’s next, “NFLPA Forfiets” tee-shirts?

  26. redrew says: May 31, 2011 4:50 PM

    Hey Jake, which public beach were you terrorizing this weekend? Pretty sure you were at a Maryland Beach….hmmmm hmmmmm

  27. ampats says: May 31, 2011 5:04 PM

    Does anyone realize that many of these “pro” DeMoron Smith and NFLPA comments are being written by NFL players who have alot of time on their hands while accusing the owners of planting comments on this site?

    Vince Wilfork admitted recently to Mike Reiss that he reads PFT.

    I think as most fans we want to see this thing get settled but it requires negotiation. I have read comments by PFT posters that the players wanted to negotiate an agreement and the owners wasted two years. I laugh at the simpleton comments because it shows that these people do not understand negotiation in the real business world that initial offers are usually low and he who speaks first usually loses. It is not until the deadline when there is a gun to one’s head that the real negotiation begins.

    The players are being led like sheep to slaughter and better wake up and get their representives to the table instead of waiting for the courts decide.

    Maybe that is why with every day more and more fans are turning against the players and siding with the owners since it appears that their “leader” has dug his heels in.

  28. saints25 says: May 31, 2011 5:08 PM

    @redrew….. Your right those 35 will bust the ranks before long, I don’t get it..Why does PFT keep saying NFLPA? They don’t exist…

  29. andrewfbrowne says: May 31, 2011 5:17 PM

    NFL would foot the bill for this in the past and take the rookies to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the event. It was suggested by Michael Irvin of all people. I wonder if it voluntary how many show especially if they have to pay their way.

    The most interesting point I have heard on this board in a while is the one where the guy mentioned what has the NFLPA* done with all the union dues they collected? Do they have to give it back? Are they allowed to collect dues in the future? Can players opt out of joining the Trade association?

  30. buffaloblows says: May 31, 2011 5:36 PM

    @myballsmyrules says:

    Oh boy, I can only imagine the crash courses taught to the rookies by the *NFLPA

    Greed is good- taught by Demo Smith
    Balancing your budget- taught by Dez Bryant
    Proganda spinning- taught by Drew Brees
    Family unity – taught by Antonio Cromartie
    Hyponosis and bilking the flock- DEmo Smith
    How to speak intelligently- taught by Rashard Mendenhall, Adrian peterson, Derek mason,
    Memorizing the Miranda Warning- taught by Aquib Talib with guest speaker GODMOTHER Talib

    Lying effectively- guest speaker Jim Tressel

    Criminal defense referrals and bailbondsman referrals will be provided by Donte stallworth, Ray Lewis, Nick Kaczur.
    ———————————
    Beer provided by Mike Vrabel

  31. commandercornpone says: May 31, 2011 6:01 PM

    actually… quit bellyaching and sign a contract, kiddies, cause the union* will kill the golden goose otherwise…

  32. radrntn says: May 31, 2011 6:07 PM

    geez for not being a union anymore, they sure seem to do things like an union would.

    on June 3rd when the owners win, can somebody please tells me while this drags on into August why the owners can’t fill their roster with replacement players? I mean they would’nt even be considered scabs.

  33. CKL says: May 31, 2011 6:51 PM

    jakek2 says:
    May 31, 2011 4:22 PM

    5) Don’t take PFT as gospel. Owners are telling their non-football employees that fan opinion will drive the lockout. These non-football employees, such as the guys/gals that mop the stadium latrines are the exact low-level, low-intelligence gnomes patrolling the site. That is why they have no arguments but to make fun of Dee’s name and hats.
    ___________________________________
    Making fun of the intelligence of blue collar working people, eh? An interesting position to take for someone of your background (from your posts here, I mean). Elitist much? Besides you are one of the top namecallers on here (how many insults you got into just the sentence I quoted is pretty impressive, counsellor) so it’s probably not a good idea to call others out for that. There’s an epithet for that predilection also: it’s “hypocrite”.

  34. duanethomas says: May 31, 2011 8:01 PM

    @Jakek2. Funny. They need to lighten up and when one of their pro-owner shills does the samething they don’t protest. You know what they say ” If they can’t take a joke _ _ _ _’em”.

  35. willycents says: May 31, 2011 8:04 PM

    @ radrntn
    If it was a strike, they could hire scabs. Since it is a voluntary lockout, they cannot hire scab workers.
    Basically, as I see the situation, right or wrong, the owners are following legal advice: Have no contact with the people who are sueing you simply to protect yourself.
    Essentially, IMAO, the owners have shut down the league waiting final disposition of the Brady, et al, lawsuit to sheild themselves from anti trust damages. Perhaps they(the league), have called it a lockout, but, I have not seen anywhere they called it that, or reffered to it as such. I only see the press and the players calling it that. If the league loses in the 8th, what is to prevent them from simply calling it a shutdown of “all competitive football activities” and continuing on the same path?
    I don’t know all the legal issues, but, logically, seems to me that any court ordering any business, or group of businesses, to continue to operate under conditions that the business feels unfavorable to them, absent a union, would be legislating a new law that would certainly be thrown out by higher courts.
    Anyone (HEY MIKE) have any precedences for a ruling like that?

  36. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: May 31, 2011 10:14 PM

    When De Mo Reece filed the decertification he screwed his chances of winning the anti-trust complaint. Watch and learn kiddies!

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