The NFL and NFLPA are meeting on Monday in New York to discuss player involvement in the Saints’ bounty situation. The union continues to want more information, as it should. And the league continues to want a recommendation as to player discipline.
As it shouldn’t.
It’s not for the NFLPA to make recommendations regarding player discipline. The procedure is clear. The NFL imposes discipline, and the player appeals, with the help of the NFLPA. The union has no obligation to recommend discipline; if anything, making a recommendation could betray the NFLPA’s duty to the affected player.
But that hasn’t stopped the league from asking. Per ESPN.com, Commissioner Goodell said before the meeting that “we’ll have some information and hopefully a recommendation from the NFLPA.”
It’s unclear why the league event wants NFLPA input, especially in an era where the NFL has established a clear record of acting swiftly and decisively. The mere fact that the request is being made suggests that the NFL has real concerns here, presumably as it relates to the negative reaction in New Orleans to any decision the Commissioner makes.