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Report: NFLPA* will recommend no special treatment for named plaintiffs

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After a hectic day of reports that had its roots in an ominous item on Sunday from Ron Borges of the Boston Herald, Borges now shovels dirt onto the storm of something other than dirt (but also brown) that he kicked up when suggesting that Patriots guard Logan Mankins would seek free agency or compensation in exchanging for agreeing to settle his portion of the Brady antitrust lawsuit.

Specifically, Borges reports that the NFLPA* has decided not to pursue special treatment for the named plaintiffs in the Brady case.

“After some debate over possible special relief for at least some of the 10 player-plaintiffs, it was determined it would be too cumbersome to try and work out individual deals,” Borges writes.  “Since the bulk of plaintiffs were well-placed NFL veterans, the best way to go, it was decided, was to stick simply with the larger deal negotiated between the NFLPA and the league’s owners.”

The assertion comes after Borges, via Twitter, openly supported the ability of the 10 players to strike their own deal.  Based on Borges’ latest, it’s a decision that actually has been made by the NFLPA* (a trade association that technically has no say in the matter), and not by the 10 named plaintiffs, who supposedly controlled the lawsuit.

The development represents the most graceful possible abandonment of efforts by the NFLPA* to get special treatment for four or more of the named plaintiffs.  Whether due to the backlash from the 1,890 players who were listed on the complaint or the flat refusal of the league to do anything for men who, for the most part, did nothing to advance the case or negotiate the settlement, the issue — the apparent brainchild of NFLPA* lawyer Jeffrey Kessler — is now dead.

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42 Responses to “Report: NFLPA* will recommend no special treatment for named plaintiffs”
  1. realitypolice says: Jul 19, 2011 11:37 PM

    Maybe we need to stop whipping the PFT base into a frenzy based upon the words of Ron Borges.

  2. clintonrb says: Jul 19, 2011 11:38 PM

    kessler!

  3. msclemons67 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:40 PM

    I wonder if the public backlash had anything to do with this decision.

  4. twmp420 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:41 PM

    SIGN THE PAPERS!!!

    LET’S GET THIS DONE!!

    QUIT D*CKING AROUND!!

    YOU WILL GET YOUR MONEY!!

    AND IF YOU GIVE ME A THUMBS DOWN YOU
    ARE NOT A FRIEND OF FOOTBALL!!

    DOWN WITH KESSLER!!

  5. phillipian says: Jul 19, 2011 11:46 PM

    Yes, there is a Santa Claus!!!

  6. gregjenningsfanclub says: Jul 19, 2011 11:46 PM

    Finally, these DBs can get us the NFL back so my Packers can repeat. XLVI or Die!

  7. kom2k10 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:48 PM

    Kluew comes off looking like the A-hole now! He read something reported by an “unnamed source” that basically throws his co-workers (Brees, Manning, Mankins, and Jackson) under the bus and he just jumps on them and tries making them look even worse.

    Rather than waiting to get some of the actual facts, he just runs his mouth and now looks like the moron!

    We come to expect these type of harsh responses from fans, writers, and bloggers… but as a player who is also part of the “union” he could have and should have been a little more patient before he fueled the fire…

  8. goawayeverybody says: Jul 19, 2011 11:51 PM

    I can’t believe we have been sidelined an entire day by this total nonsense when time is of the essence! Shameful.

  9. dirtmcgirt24 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:54 PM

    WTF is Ron Borges?

  10. 2011to2020lions says: Jul 19, 2011 11:54 PM

    Just Finish The Deal!!!!

  11. patsforever says: Jul 20, 2011 12:03 AM

    The Boston Herald is a rag and Ron Borges is a hack. The newspaper complete lacks integrity and in this kind of situation (no fear of libel suits) they are completely willing to throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks.

  12. sev3n5 says: Jul 20, 2011 12:10 AM

    No one in or around Boston took Ron Borges seriously before this. The whole nation sees why now.

  13. sdboltaction says: Jul 20, 2011 12:16 AM

    What a bunch of BS all this last week has been. All I know is I’ll be watching some football pretty soon and drafting my fantasy team.

  14. tomsd1 says: Jul 20, 2011 12:19 AM

    I believe nothing – repeat – nothing these so called journalists (aka – plants) report -and if I was Logan Mankins or Vincent Jackson – I would say to the NFLPA and the Owners: Get fuxxed.

  15. prior0knowledge says: Jul 20, 2011 12:21 AM

    but you have to admit that Kessler is a real bulldog. Once he latches a-hold of an issue, he aint gonna let go unless you smash him.

  16. peanutbutter&jelly says: Jul 20, 2011 12:22 AM

    so this means a deal will be done-for real this time

  17. bearsandjazz says: Jul 20, 2011 12:31 AM

    No doubt there was am overwhelming strong voiced public out cry but I guarantee 1890 players were screaming louder.

  18. tommyf15 says: Jul 20, 2011 12:40 AM

    msclemons67 says:
    I wonder if the public backlash had anything to do with this decision.

    Well, since there was neither a public backlash nor a decision, I doubt it.

  19. bearsandjazz says: Jul 20, 2011 12:57 AM

    Brees is a damn good player but he’s still as selfish as the best of them he just doesn’t where it on his sleeve like T.O or chad Johnson, i refuse to say his other name. Brees had to have heard enough from players and fans that he made the most accurate hail mary throw of his life. Smart PR move is all that was. Your still a weasel in my eyes!

  20. heisthejuan says: Jul 20, 2011 1:17 AM

    @realitypolice, I wish I could give that comment 10,000 thumbs up. I sincerely wonder to what degree any of these demands were ever put on the table. Just seemed like a lot of reporters speculating on speculation.

  21. stanklepoot says: Jul 20, 2011 2:10 AM

    Just out of curiosity, what’s with the obsession over Kessler? He made some comments meant to worry the league earlier when the owners were refusing to budge off their demands. That doesn’t mean he’s some sort of rogue devil determined to work counter to his clients’ desires and destroy any chance of a deal. I may not be an attorney, but actively working against your clients’ desires and best interests is the kind of thing that can get you disbarred I believe. There is no real reason for Kessler to try and torpedo the negotiations, especially since the NFLPA switched to a flat fee for their attorneys, rather than a contingency fee.

  22. andyreidisfat says: Jul 20, 2011 3:33 AM

    I still say Mankins has a beef as he would have been a free agent last year had it not been for the owners unwillingness to strike a deal the year before. So he is going to be “punished” (i know i know how’s a guy punished for making an average of the top 5 salaries, whatever) because of something he has no control over. I hope if the Pats don’t lift his tag they at least work out a long term deal for the guy. He is the best interior linemen in the league (arguably of course)

  23. texansmike says: Jul 20, 2011 5:36 AM

    Mikey, That’s absolutely your most gutsly call to date, and I for one give you a big “HELL YES”.

  24. krow101 says: Jul 20, 2011 5:39 AM

    Too bad one of the greedheads didn’t stick to his guns. It’d be funny to see what would happen.

  25. will12203 says: Jul 20, 2011 5:55 AM

    Duh, Winning…..

  26. orthodoxdj says: Jul 20, 2011 6:05 AM

    Stay classy, Ron Borges.

  27. hankster81 says: Jul 20, 2011 6:09 AM

    I’m thinking the players themselves put the kabosh on this idea. Many of these guys aren’t exactly wealthy, and to hold up their next pay check to enrich some stinking lawyer and his multi, multi millionaire client probably didn’t sit too well with the rank and file. This took care of itself in-house is my guess. On a last note, perfect case of why people have a bad impression of lawyers. Not all, but a signficant proportion are money grubbing, scum suckers.

  28. 0mattfrye0 says: Jul 20, 2011 6:24 AM

    This website is starting to turn into a real Debbie downer … only good news from here on out !

  29. skoobyfl says: Jul 20, 2011 6:49 AM

    Greedy leaders that are trying to put their hands in the cookie jar??

  30. gamecheck1 says: Jul 20, 2011 6:49 AM

    yeah, its called negAtive publicity!

  31. birdcrazy911 says: Jul 20, 2011 6:51 AM

    Finally someone speaking with some sense!!! (the NFLPA* has decided not to pursue special treatment for the named plaintiffs in the Brady case). AHHHH, now maybe we can get back to finishing this deal off and enjoy the head spinning team signings, you know real football talk.

  32. tim1999 says: Jul 20, 2011 7:14 AM

    Ron Borges was fired by the Boston Globe for plagiarism. Borges also has a well documented personal vendetta going against Bill Belichick.
    Take EVERYTHING Borges writes with a major grain of salt. The boy has “issues”.

  33. rpiotr01 says: Jul 20, 2011 7:29 AM

    So what’s next? What else will that scumbag Kessler dream up to delay the inevitable and line his pockets?

  34. iflounder says: Jul 20, 2011 7:37 AM

    with a mustache like that i’m sure james harrison and desean jackson will have a choice word to call logan mankins.

  35. shieldsisland37 says: Jul 20, 2011 8:06 AM

    So if everything is done, will they announce a deal today?

  36. m2karateman says: Jul 20, 2011 8:25 AM

    While Ron Borges may be a hack reporter, I believe there is some truth to what was reported in regards to the anti-trust plaintiffs LAWYER (Kessler) seeking special deals for his clients to settle.

    As such, don’t get all over Chris Kluwe for posting on Twitter what just about the entire nation was thinking, and what more NFL players SHOULD have said.

    What the players should have done, if they truly were not interested in self gain and special benefits, it to FIRE KESSLER and prove he was the motivation behind this cash grab, and misrepresented his clients. Until the players demand his firing, I fully believe they were accepting of his tactics and strategy to settle the suit.

    One more thing….if the reports from the media were so wrong, then why is Brees the only one saying anything, and why did it take so long for him to say it.

    GOTCHA!!

  37. descendency says: Jul 20, 2011 8:34 AM

    I think the only thing that would have been surprising to Patriots fans is if Ron Borges had been right.

  38. permiepoo says: Jul 20, 2011 8:44 AM

    ===========================
    patsforever says:
    Jul 20, 2011 12:03 AM
    The Boston Herald is a rag and Ron Borges is a hack. The newspaper complete lacks integrity and in this kind of situation (no fear of libel suits) they are completely willing to throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks.
    ===========================

    Exactly.. now where are the people holding this blog’s feet to the fire? They are adding to the cacophony of noise surrounding this entire thing.

    Last night on our local news in Indy the report got boiled down to “Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are seeking special treatment!”

    /facepalm

    For a blog with so much traffic and influence, it would certainly seem secondhand and thirdhand information wouldn’t be trotted out as fact in this manner.

  39. homelanddefense says: Jul 20, 2011 9:06 AM

    Borges is a fraud and everyone in the New England area knows it. He cant write an honest article because he is too jaded by his personal feelings. He is a complete joke, Im still shocked some of the local TV and radio sports shows put him on the air.

    Freaking Mike Felger even makes him look stupid….

  40. klunge says: Jul 20, 2011 9:27 AM

    kom2k10 says:
    Kluew comes off looking like the A-hole now! He read something reported by an “unnamed source” that basically throws his co-workers (Brees, Manning, Mankins, and Jackson) under the bus and he just jumps on them and tries making them look even worse.

    Rather than waiting to get some of the actual facts, he just runs his mouth and now looks like the moron!
    ———————————————-

    This new report in no way insinuates that those 4 morons were not seeking special treatment as part of the lawsuit settlement. It only says the NFLPA is stepping in to exert it’s authority by telling them to shut up and take the same deal all your teammates are getting, and stop holding up the ratification of the new CBA.

  41. scoresreport says: Jul 20, 2011 10:09 AM

    Sites like this do a service when they expose some of the silly trial balloons floated by either side. Any notion of special treatment warranted a backlash, and this site has been on top of it. Nice work.

  42. southmo says: Jul 20, 2011 1:49 PM

    Bunch of excuse-makers in the comments today. It’s more likely Borges was right and now everyone is trying to cover their butt.

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