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Colts not inclined to file tampering charges against Chiefs

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Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel committed an apparent violation of the tampering rules by telling the media on Friday that he “would be crazy not to consider [Peyton Manning] if he’s available.”

Given that the tampering rules prohibit at page 3 “[a]ny public or private statement of interest, qualified or unqualified, in another club’s player to that player’s agent or representative, or to a member of the news media,” and that the NFL’s anti-tampering policy provides as an example a very similar remark (“He’s an excellent player, and we’d very much like to have him if he were available, but another club holds his rights.”), the Colts could make a tampering claim, if the Colts choose to make a tampering claim.

Bob Glauber of Newsday reported on Monday via Twitter that the Colts are “not inclined” to pursue tampering charges against the Chiefs.  As Glauber points out, the league can pursue the matter on its own, if the league so chooses.  (As we pointed out in an earlier item, that’s precisely what the NFL did after Albert Haynesworth signed as a free agent with the Redskins.)

The league won’t comment, and its precedent of investigation and enforcement in past situations sheds no light on whether action will be taken.

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17 Responses to “Colts not inclined to file tampering charges against Chiefs”
  1. Soulman45 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    If it was Detroit it would be done no they wouldn’t do that OOOOOOoooooo they did I am wrong sorry about that.

  2. blacknole08 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:39 PM

    Wow so much drama involving the Colts this past season and current off-season. And just think they were in the SB a few years ago.

  3. teddybayer123 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:43 PM

    So, again, there’s really nothing to it.

    I hate the off-season.

  4. noeffinway says: Feb 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    If it is such a clear cut rule, no matter how lame of a rule it is, it simply should be enforced and KC should be penalized. Seems pretty clear-cut to me.

  5. rudwo says: Feb 27, 2012 3:52 PM

    Clearly tampering, but honestly who cares.

  6. cmstrick says: Feb 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    If that innocuous statement is a violation of tampering rules, then I propose that everyone reading this go out right now and shoot a couple of lawyers.

  7. hooterdawg says: Feb 27, 2012 4:23 PM

    It’s not an apparent violation – no matter how much whining – if the league doesn’t consider it to be a violation.

  8. noeffinway says: Feb 27, 2012 4:37 PM

    cmstrick says: Feb 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    If that innocuous statement is a violation of tampering rules, then I propose that everyone reading this go out right now and shoot a couple of lawyers.
    — — — — —
    An ” innocuous statement” is what got Gunther and the Lions penalized! This is EXACTLY the same type of situation…….why paint this as anything but tampering? By the rules and by the way they were applied to the Lions, this without a doubt should be penalized the same!

  9. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 27, 2012 4:38 PM

    Even if the Colts did have reason to believe and even proof of tampering, it just shows that the falling out between Peyton and them is irreparable. The Colts want someone to pick up Peyton.

  10. realitypolice says: Feb 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    So the press asks a coach a question:

    “Would you be interested in having one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL play for you next year?”

    And the coach gives the only answer a human being with a brain in his head and Matt Cassel as his QB would give, and he needs to penalized?

    If that is true, then the only thing we should be talking about here is how badly that stupid rule needs to be changed.

  11. gadgetdawg says: Feb 27, 2012 5:03 PM

    This whole ‘tampering’ rule seems pretty stupid. It is selectively enforced and covers some really stupid stuff. They really need to decide what they really want to prohibit and rewrite the rule accordingly.

  12. gbatap says: Feb 27, 2012 5:07 PM

    Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel committed an apparent violation of the tampering rules by telling the media on Friday that he “would be crazy not to consider [Peyton Manning] if he’s available.”

    ———————–

    That’s the problem Mike, he didn’t say “Peyton Manning” even though you keep wanting to change his words to prove your point. He was speaking in general, saying “with a talent like that”. That’s why it’s not tampering and probably why the Colts aren’t bothering with it.

  13. wetpaperbag3 says: Feb 27, 2012 5:25 PM

    Soulman45 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    If it was Detroit it would be done no they wouldn’t do that OOOOOOoooooo they did I am wrong sorry about that.
    =====================================

    First, punctuations are your friends. PLEASE, use them. It keeps me from having to search and find my secret decoder ring to figure out just what the hell you are saying.

    Second, is it just me or are Detroit Lions fans a bit touchy and have that woe-is-me defeatist attitude?

  14. gntlmnkev says: Feb 27, 2012 5:39 PM

    If they want to get serious about this they should start penalizing members of the press that ask questions designed to elicit answers that qualify as tampering.

  15. gadgetdawg says: Feb 27, 2012 7:41 PM

    If they want to get serious about this they should start penalizing members of the press that ask questions designed to elicit answers that qualify as tampering.
    —————————————-

    Except for the fact that:

    1) coaches are NFL employees and have to live under NFL rules and

    2) the press work for other individuals at set their own rules and haven’t agreed to the NFL rules.

    I think I like the fact that the press get to ask what they like and the NFL’s employees have to follow the NFL’s rules (like they signed up for). I guess in Soviet Russia the press follows the newsmaker’s rules ;)

  16. Soulman45 says: Feb 28, 2012 5:10 AM

    Soulman45 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:36 PM If it was Detroit it would be done no they wouldn’t do that OOOOOOoooooo they did I am wrong sorry about that. ===================================== First, punctuations are your friends. PLEASE, use them. It keeps me from having to search and find my secret decoder ring to figure out just what the hell you are saying. Second, is it just me or are Detroit Lions fans a bit touchy and have that woe-is-me defeatist attitude?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    @wetpaperbag3
    Glade you took a look at my mail glade you enjoyed it, I will get back to you.

    Thank You
    Soulman45

  17. jjackwagon says: Feb 28, 2012 4:08 PM

    Note to Detroit fan,
    Everyone hates you, that’s why your team gets penalized and the others don’t. It has nothing to do with the fact that your coach actually talked to the players agent and the player while he was still under contract. Not even a little bit. It’s just because we hate you. That is all.

    Sincerely,
    The rest of the league

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