League won’t talk about report that Packers contacted players

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Amid multiple reports that the Packers have contacted players during the lockout to tell them to be ready to show up on Saturday for a team meeting and a denial by an unnamed Packers executive who possibly fears being made to look like an idiot if the league investigates and proves that contact was made, the league has advised PFT that, for now, there will be no comment on the situation.

“We are focused on closing the agreement and will not comment on this,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail.

So “boo” on the “no comment.”  But “yay” on the “closing the agreement.”

The league previously looked into reports of contact between teams and players, with an investigation that conjured images of a broom and a rug and a sweeping sound.

51 responses to “League won’t talk about report that Packers contacted players

  1. Does it really matter at this point? Telling them to be ready to show up for work is not much of a competitive advantage over other teams that obey the no-contact rule. It is hardly in the same league as giving directions for workouts or handing out playbooks.

  2. Seriously, who cares? This deal is going to get done this week and the lockout will be over. There are hundreds of ways of contacting players without actually having direct contact with them. This doesn’t matter at all.

  3. Greg Aiello sounds like a Packer fan. Just take away their 1st rounder next year and maybe that will bring ’em down a notch.

  4. If the league doesn’t hold teams accountable during the lockout, they shouldn’t be able to hold players accountable.

  5. That’s because every other team has done the same thing.. They just are smart enough not to publicize it.

  6. I don’t know why anyone cares. TEams have been in contact with players this whole time, and as someone already said, saying “Show up for a meeting on Saturday” will not give the Packers an advantage over anybody.

  7. We get it these and some other rules like FA contact are broken all the time. While I agree it’s comical that the league denies them I think at this point each incident doesn’t really require a post.

  8. I can’t believe I still come here for NFL news. If the wind blows you write about it. Then ten minutes later you’ll write about how some people don’t think that the wind actually blew. This is why nobody respects reporters anymore.

  9. Maybe TT’s wife told a player wife to tell her husband to show up with all the other players on Saturday. Except for Barnett. he doesn’t have to know.

    would that be in compliance with lockout rules?

  10. your right bravin4ever because telling players to be ready to report to camp is just the same as getting a dui and beating your woman or whatever other law breaking they can get into while not playing.

  11. Packers Controversies:
    1. Who should be included in the Super Bowl Photo?
    2. Is it ethical to talk to the players amid an inevitable agreement?

    Vikings Controversies:
    1. Boat orgies.
    2. Sexting.
    3. Star Caps
    4. Collapsing Stadiums
    5. Fighting to keep team from moving to LA.

  12. ezcheese- that’s because they are reporting what other people are reporting with the occasional editorial commentary thrown in. There are a lot of media members who like to throw spaghetti against the proverbial wall to see if it will stick.

  13. Maybe the lawyers shouldn’t have made it so clear that the lockout wouldn’t be lifted until all the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed. Now a few minor details that no one ever even thought about can throw a monkey wrench into the whole deal.

  14. if it had been the niners we wouldve been stripped of draft picks by now. gooddell is always making an example out of the niners

  15. I bet if the Patriots did it, everyone would consider it a big problem. Nothing is ever an issue if someone else does it.

  16. anactualnflowner says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:37 PM
    Packers Controversies:
    1. Who should be included in the Super Bowl Photo?
    2. Is it ethical to talk to the players amid an inevitable agreement?

    Vikings Controversies:
    1. Boat orgies.
    2. Sexting.
    3. Star Caps
    4. Collapsing Stadiums
    5. Fighting to keep team from moving to LA.
    _______________

    Obsess much? Note that the sexting bit was a Jets scandal. And I think we could come up with a few more Packer scandals without trying too hard.

  17. “…a denial by an unnamed Packers executive who possibly fears being made to look like an idiot if the league investigates and proves that contact was made…”

    Move over, Watergate. It’s the scandal to end all scandals!

  18. This is right up there with videotaping walk-thrus of opponents for a decade, and winning* Super Bowls in the process.

  19. hystoracle says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:23 PM
    That’s because every other team has done the same thing.. They just are smart enough not to publicize it.

    ==================================

    Unless of course, if its the Patriots, then you would never hear the end of it.

  20. They’re stupid if they don’t think every team has made some sort of contact with at least a player or two.

  21. anactualnflowner says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:37 PM
    Packers Controversies:
    1. Who should be included in the Super Bowl Photo?
    2. Is it ethical to talk to the players amid an inevitable agreement?

    Vikings Controversies:
    1. Boat orgies.
    2. Sexting.
    3. Star Caps
    4. Collapsing Stadiums
    5. Fighting to keep team from moving to LA.
    ——————
    Inferiority complex like a motherf*****! Your life is sad!

  22. anactualnflowner says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:37 PM
    Packers Controversies:
    1. Who should be included in the Super Bowl Photo?
    2. Is it ethical to talk to the players amid an inevitable agreement?

    Vikings Controversies:
    1. Boat orgies.
    2. Sexting.
    3. Star Caps
    4. Collapsing Stadiums
    5. Fighting to keep team from moving to LA.
    ——————————————-
    Don’t forget about Packers Jolly and Underwood. Oh yeah, must have forgotten about them right.

    Let’s go to the Viking controversies.

    1) Happened 6 years ago.
    2) Happened prior to Favre being a Viking. In fact it was closer to when he was a Packer
    3) Still current although happened 3 years ago. I’ll give you that one.;
    4) Collapsing stadiums – Like they can help that.
    5) Move to LA – Possible but not a done deal now is it?

    See before you want to comment why don’t you comment on the entire picture instead of a few incidents that the Viking personnel have no control over.

  23. Ted is schemer. Wouldn’t surprise me if he put out the word that the Packers were contacting players just to get it in the news… so the media could do the leg work for him.

  24. If it was the Steelers a million $ fine would be coming down and woudl be headlines on every show!
    As for Packer controveies:
    Brett Favre drama
    Mark Churma with a 14 year old girl
    Packers not inviting fans to ring ceremony
    Aaron Rodgers hating on cancer survivors!

  25. Like the Pack needs to improperly contact players to gain any advantage in the NFCN. Even if they did, and who really cares, I’m sure they’d find a way to blame Lord Favre and/or Brad Childress.

  26. 1. Brett Favre drama
    2. Mark Churma with a 14 year old girl
    3. Packers not inviting fans to ring ceremony
    4.Aaron Rodgers hating on cancer survivors!
    ______________________________

    1. We CAN say the same to you..
    2. She was 17, and he was found Not Gulity.
    3. We CAN’T say the same to you…
    4. He signed items for her the week prior and has been known to hold numerous Cancer related benefits around Green Bay…

    So nice try.. but like all Vikings, You fail…

  27. suckittrebek76 says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:32 PM
    Maybe TT’s wife told a player wife to tell her husband to show up with all the other players on Saturday. Except for Barnett. he doesn’t have to know.

    would that be in compliance with lockout rules?

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    This would be virtually impossible to happen.

    TT isn’t interested in women.

    Had you posed something such as this:

    Maybe TT’s husband told a player’s wife to tell her husband to show up with all the others on Saturday.

    It would have made a lot more sense.

  28. Packer fans:

    The reason you are getting so much crap is because if this were the Bears or the Vikings, we’d never hear the end of your pious , holier than thou BS.

    Now, because it’s the Packers, “everyone else is doing it.”
    God, what a bunch of hypocritical idiots.

    Is it any wonder the rest of the NFL fanbase hates you and your team?

    Then you guys wonder when you travel to other stadiums why you wind up in fights or get your cars vandalized…..Priceless

  29. I’m not sure the executive would look like an idiot, per se, but he would definitely look like a liar.

  30. There is only a couple days left in the lockout, does it really matter. I think it is really stupid that the coaches and staff can’t talk anyway. I guess peopl will sit and find the stupidest stuff to worry about.

  31. anactualnflowner says: Jul 19, 2011 3:37 PM

    Packers Controversies:
    1. Who should be included in the Super Bowl Photo?
    2. Is it ethical to talk to the players amid an inevitable agreement?
    ————
    You seem to have left out

    -Mossy “The AuntEater” Cade (yes, “aunt” eater, not “ant” eater. . .look it up sometime)
    -Johnny Jolly carting around enough narcotics to take down a charging rhino on angel dust
    -Signing Koren Robinson two weeks after he was seen drunkenly speeding down the highways of Minnesota at 100+ miles an hour
    -Mark Chmura banging 17-year olds
    -Ahman Green beating the crap out of his girlfriend/wife
    -Brandon Underwood slapping his wife around
    -Four Hall of Famers in the top five picks of the 1989 NFL Draft (Aikman, B. Sanders, Thomas, D. Sanders). . .and the Packers end up with Tony Mandarich, who was full of more juice than Tropicana
    -All the stuff that Favre did when he was a member of the Packers that all of you hypocrites were totally cool with at the time but think is totally evil and stuff now
    -Paul Hornung suspended for a year for gambling (if you’d like to go way back)

    Yeah. . .it’s not as though the Green Bay Packers employ nothing but Boy Scouts, much to the contrary of what sycophants such as yourself believe.

  32. stairwayto7 says: Jul 19, 2011 5:07 PM

    If it was the Steelers a million $ fine would be coming down and woudl be headlines on every show!
    As for Packer controveies:
    Brett Favre drama
    Mark Churma with a 14 year old girl
    Packers not inviting fans to ring ceremony
    Aaron Rodgers hating on cancer survivors!

    chuckyd317 says: Jul 19, 2011 5:58 PM

    1. Brett Favre drama
    2. Mark Churma with a 14 year old girl
    3. Packers not inviting fans to ring ceremony
    4.Aaron Rodgers hating on cancer survivors!
    ______________________________

    1. We CAN say the same to you..
    2. She was 17, and he was found Not Gulity.
    3. We CAN’T say the same to you…
    4. He signed items for her the week prior and has been known to hold numerous Cancer related benefits around Green Bay…

    So nice try.. but like all Vikings, You fail…

    ^^^^^^

    chucky: stairwayto7 is a steelers fan, which you already knew because of his name and his reference to the steelers.

    so leaving his name and his reference to the steelers out of your repost and pretending he’s a viking fan instead of a steelers fan, just because you wish he was a viking fan instead of a steelers fan, is really moronic.

  33. This site has become a sounding board for a bunch of idiots that delight in reactions from persons at whom they throw their verbal grenades…just to take pleasure in whatever turmoil or overreaction they can cause…just like an anonymous terrorist.

    The Packers have fewer problems than just about every other team in the league. Nearly all teams, especially within their own division, are looking up with envy and awe and anxiousness.

    The Packers deserve an answer to the same question Packer fans are seeking from all of you…..how does our *ss taste?

  34. The Packers deserve an answer to the same question Packer fans are seeking from all of you…..how does our *ss taste?

    ========================

    Leave it to a Packer fan to want to taste another fans fecal matter.

    Creepy.

  35. paulharghis says:
    Jul 21, 2011 5:26 PM
    Leave it to a Packer fan to want to taste another fans fecal matter.
    ———————————————

    See what I mean everybody? He’s too stupid to get it.

    This guy is the perfect idiot example. He never has anything to say that is football related. His anonymity gives him the courage of a pissant and his jealousy of the Packers and Packer fans makes him a verbal terrorist.

    The only difference is he’s throwing sticks and rocks while we’re dropping bombs on his head. Enjoy the season dipwad.

  36. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 21, 2011 6:10 PM
    paulharghis says:
    Jul 21, 2011 5:26 PM
    Leave it to a Packer fan to want to taste another fans fecal matter.
    ———————————————

    See what I mean everybody? He’s too stupid to get it.

    This guy is the perfect idiot example. He never has anything to say that is football related. His anonymity gives him the courage of a pissant and his jealousy of the Packers and Packer fans makes him a verbal terrorist.

    The only difference is he’s throwing sticks and rocks while we’re dropping bombs on his head. Enjoy the season dipwad.

    =============================
    Yet you still feel the need to respond….and I’m the dipwad….too funny.

    Listen Sparky, you packer fans do not want to discuss football. You want eveyone to agree with you how the 2010 Packers are the best team ever to play the game. If anyone has the temerity to disagree with you, or are a fan of a different team, then they are idiots.
    Maybe it isn’t you specifically, but, you get the point.
    Stellar, you’ve been on this site long enough to know how it goes on here. It’s not like you are new here. It’s a trash talking site, if that isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you need to find a different site, where everyone agrees that Rodgers is the 2nd coming of christ and the Packers never lose a game.

    Courage of a pissant? WTF? Makes zero sense.

    Verbal terrorist? Lmao……sounds like a compliment.

    I’m not jealous of any person or especially a sports team. Good greif.
    So full of yourselves. dropping bombs? Oh my, that is rich.

    No, I won’t talk football with people like you Packer fans, as I’ve stated before….

    When it comes to football, you Packer fans sure know your bratwurst.

  37. paulharghis says: Jul 21, 2011 9:41 PM
    No, I won’t talk football with people like you Packer fans, as I’ve stated before….
    When it comes to football, you Packer fans sure know your bratwurst.
    —————————————————————

    No. 1…you CAN’T talk football with us. No. 2…well, I’ll let the NFL players tell you:

    “In a poll of 277 NFL players for Sports Illustrated, those surveyed said Green Bay Packers fans were the most knowledgeable fans in the league.”

    Sticks and stones pal…that’s all you got.

  38. Only and idiot would come back with that.

    BFD! 26% of NFL players think the Packer fans are the most knowledgeable. 26 fricking percent!!!

    In the bigger scheme of things, who gives a crap about a magizine poll?

    Are you that insecure that this actually makes you feel good about yourself and your team?

    If so, I feel terrible for you.

    How do you debate a person such as yourself? Seriously? You are that far gone that you resort to an SI article as “proof”……..uff.

    Say hi to HR Puffnstuff for me.

  39. paulharghis says: Jul 22, 2011 6:05 PM
    BFD! 26% of NFL players think the Packer fans are the most knowledgeable. 26 fricking percent!!!
    ——————————————————————–

    Thank you for taking the time to look up the article. I’m sure you learned more than you wanted to know. By the way, I didn’t mention anything about 26%…you did. What was the percentage of players choosing the second place fans? Are you trying to tell me that statistics have no place in football? (And who is the idiot…idiot?)

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