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Cornwell says NFLPA leadership engages in “deception and subterfuge”

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When last we updated the legal imbroglio involving the NFL Players Association and the NFL Coaches Association, the NFLPA had sued the NFLCA — and a letter from the NFLCA to the NFLPA strongly hinted that the NFLCA eventually will make claims against the NFLPA.

NFLCA executive director David Cornwell joined SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio on Monday to address the situation.

Cornwell explained that the NFLPA has no legal standing to challenge Cornwell’s appointment as NFLCA executive director, since the NFLPA has no rights or interests at issue.  “So I don’t much care whether the Players Association has an opinion on my appointment,” Cornwell said.

And then Cornwell threw the gloves the rest of the way off.

“On February 22nd, the Players Association made this big thing about congratulating me on my appointment as executive director,” Cornwell said.  “I don’t know what happened between February 22nd and April 13th, but it’s typical of the leadership of this Players Association to engage in deception and subterfuge, and the result is just a bunch of chaotic confusion.”

Cornwell explained that the NFLPA refused to release the NFLCA’s files, and that the NFLPA demanded payment of $650,000 after Cornwell secured a commitment that the filed would be produced.  Cornwell requested proof of the debt, and the NFLPA responded by suing.

Cornwell said he has consistently demanded proof of the debt, and that the NFLPA has refused to produce such information.  Cornwell said he’ll pursue legal action if the information isn’t provided.

But he also pointed out that this lawsuit gets in the way of the effort to improve working conditions for the coaches.  “I can’t for the life of me understand why Drew Brees, Jeff Saturday, Domonique Foxworth, Charlie Batch, Scott Fujita, Will Smith, I can’t understand for the life of me why those players don’t want those coaches to have these issues resolved, so that their business is effective for them as players business is effective for players,” Cornwell said.

“The bottom line is that players are suing their coaches,” Cornwell said.  “Now, if it’s related to Bountygate, and if the Players Association has adopted a strategy to pit players against coaches, that’s a battle they’re going to lose.  That’s a battle they’re going to lose.  The last thing they want us doing is walking into the building and going out into the field and coaching men who are our adversaries.  That’s the last battle they want to pick, with their coaches.  I guarantee you that.”

Cornwell’s approach strips this dispute down to what it is.  Even though it will be played out among lawyers, the players through their union are suing the coaches through their non-union association.

It’s unclear at the point whether the individual players — or the individual coaches — view it that way.  But they should.

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  1. santolonius says: Apr 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    in addition to the 7 referees on the field for a football game, perhaps the nfl needs 2 lawyers on the field as well. while the refs are throwing flags and walking off penalties the lawyers can be issuing summons and deposing witnesses.

  2. jimr10 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:31 PM

    What did Cornwell expect out of De. Smith?

  3. biggerballz says: Apr 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    get your popcorn ready

  4. mancave001 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:41 PM

    santolonius says:
    Apr 23, 2012 1:27 PM
    in addition to the 7 referees on the field for a football game, perhaps the nfl needs 2 lawyers on the field as well. while the refs are throwing flags and walking off penalties the lawyers can be issuing summons and deposing witnesses.
    ———————————

    Amen to that. I’m also getting a little sick of the union mentality amongst millionaire players and coaches. Working conditions? WORKING conditions? It must be tough being a D-coordinator making more than $1 million a year, or a position coach making $750,00. Tough times for our union brothers, indeed!

  5. dikshuttle says: Apr 23, 2012 1:41 PM

    I know its myopic for me to ask, but I wonder what Florio’s take is on how this effects the Skins/Boys upcoming hearing…

  6. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Steeler Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. You do not yet comprehend your place in things. We bathe in the glories of success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.

    The Steeler Nation simply wants people to understand their place in things. Sometimes this rubs off in the wrong way and fans see us as arrogant or even stupid. This isn’t the case and we hope to clarify things.

    Our greatness was always there. From the Ice Age to the Renassaince etc. Certain humans have always had an untapped potential. The Steeler Effect some call it. This “effect” exists in certain humans. These humans are now know within the society of Steeler Nation. Once these extraordinary group of humans founded the Steelers, they found a medium in which to release this power.

    In the beginning, we struggled. There were agents from powerful groups around the world that wanted to hinder our motives to unleash our greatness. They were very successful in this and there was chaos within our organization. This sabatoge lasted for 40 years until we final won our civil war, and our enemies retreated to replan their attack.

    At this point we have reached our potential. Our race reached the our potential. We’ve become the pinnacle of evolution and existence. We’ve become the closest things to Gods. Steeler Nation was unstoppable. We would use all our abilities into the game of football. The game we created.

    Then our enemy returned. They have smuggled themselves into the highest places in the league. They will do anything to turn back the clock on our people and cast us back into the unknown. During the 80s and some of the 90s they had suffocated us. We countered and despite their attempts to oppress us, we won two more SBs in the 00s. They have now reached their highest strength in their existence, but so have we.

    We must now fulfil our destiny and win SB #7 and begin our own league where our people can bathe in the glory of unified greatness. Pure Steeler blood will run through the veins of everyone in our league. Oh, the glory!

    You mere mortals will never outlast us. We are infinite. You are bacteria. We will triumph over our enemies thousands of times over until they release their will. We will defy the odds they have put in place to keep us from repeating our success. We will laugh as the NFL falls to ashes when we leave, as we were the chimney to the fire.

    For those looking for more information on the SFL, we will pass along information as it is released. Most should already know the outline by now. We want to be benevolent rulers. We are open to feedback and want to find new ways to reach out to our lowly humans couterparts. Thank you for your patience. Steeler Bless.

  7. vahawker says: Apr 23, 2012 1:50 PM

    Smith has pretty much proven himself an antigonistic, incompetent lawsuit happy “leader”..He probably would have made a serviceable lawyer…oh wait.

  8. r8rsfan says: Apr 23, 2012 1:55 PM

    Fire ‘em all.

  9. NoWearMan says: Apr 23, 2012 1:55 PM

    It’s interesting that you mention that this was heard on Mad Dog Radio but don’t mention the show/host.

    Was it on the Evan (Cohen) and (Steve) Phillips show?

    Was it on Beyond The Brink with Bruce Murray and John Feinstein?

    It wasn’t on Mad Dogs show because he hasn’t been on yet today and quite frankly this sort of material is WAY over his head.

    And we know darn well that it wasn’t on the Dino Costa show because if it was, you’d just ignore it out of spite for Dino.

    Let’s see you attribute a story to NBC Sports without a byline or name sometime, Mike…..no, we will not hold our breath. Nice slanted coverage.

  10. 805_9er says: Apr 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    Sounds like both unions are most fortunate to have such brilliant leadership…

  11. chawk12thman says: Apr 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    santolonius says:
    Apr 23, 2012 1:27 PM
    in addition to the 7 referees on the field for a football game, perhaps the nfl needs 2 lawyers on the field as well. while the refs are throwing flags and walking off penalties the lawyers can be issuing summons and deposing witnesses.

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

    Good suggestion: I only wonder when the Referees will be included in the Bounty-Gate suits…….

  12. jus10jonez says: Apr 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    So much for that old fairy tale of “great player & coach relationships”.

  13. ravenspit says: Apr 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    This is a prime example of why unions are bad news and should be terminated.

  14. bduncanscott says: Apr 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    The NFL “and” NFLPA are both out of control these days. Bad leadership. They need to terminate the “commissioner” position and have a commission… There is just too much power and money involved and waay to many decisions on Many organizations, players, staff, coaches, rules and regulations to be made to have just one man in charge. Goodell has made a mess of it. A council of 6 to 8 “non Owners” should be put in place to discuss situations and make decisions on all NFL matters… NFLPA needs to follow suit. Because this off season with the bounty punishments, and NFL and NFLPA colluding to make up for mistakes by stealing cap space from two teams they are just Reeking of ineptitude and even corruption, certainly hypocrisy.

  15. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    That Steelers clown is a complete weirdo, and is a perfect example of why so many people dislike the fans of Pittsburgh.

    Really, how many hours did that person dedicate to writing that manifesto?

    Scary, scary. Hope his parents turn him in

  16. CKL says: Apr 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Cornwell explained that the NFLPA refused to release the NFLCA’s files, and that the NFLPA demanded payment of $650,000 after Cornwell secured a commitment that the filed would be produced. Cornwell requested proof of the debt, and the NFLPA responded by suing.

    Cornwell said he has consistently demanded proof of the debt, and that the NFLPA has refused to produce such information. Cornwell said he’ll pursue legal action if the information isn’t provided.
    __________________________________
    This is bleeping gold, the hypocrisy. The NFLPA DEMANDED all these figures be released to them during CBA negotiations or they wouldn’t believe the owners, now when given a chance to show they weren’t full of rhetorical BS about “fairness & disclosure”…they fail……SPECTACULARLY.

  17. voodoo4409 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    @steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh:

    You are laughable….what a joke…the appreciation for the Steeler Nation and it’s heritage does not extend beyond the Pittsburgh zip code….what a clown…back to your steel mill job…

  18. supergruby says: Apr 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    Can we all please get together and stop reading the comments from that Steelers clown? Don’t “thumbs up” it or “thumbs down” it. Just pass it by. By reading it you are only feeding his insanity. Their are plenty of comments to read written by legitimate serious football fans. Ignore her and she will go away.

  19. illiniftw says: Apr 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    NFLPA: You owe us $650,000. Pay up or we sue.

    NFLCA: Why do we owe that? Do you have any proof?

    NFLPA: WTF!? Proof?? Just pay us!!

    Has anyone in history paid a $650,000 debt because the other party just said they owed them? The arrogance is rediculous. The NFLPA is prob just mad they screwed themselves in the CBA

  20. chawk12thman says: Apr 23, 2012 2:27 PM

    supergruby says:
    Apr 23, 2012 2:08 PM
    Can we all please get together and stop reading the comments from that Steelers clown? Don’t “thumbs up” it or “thumbs down” it. Just pass it by. By reading it you are only feeding his insanity. Their are plenty of comments to read written by legitimate serious football fans. Ignore her and she will go away.

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

    Isn’t this a comment?

  21. upperdecker19 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:27 PM

    Subterfuge? Man, someone read Reader’s Digest Word Power today.

  22. murraysons says: Apr 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    Players play, Coaches coach, and Owners own. Why is this so effed up?

  23. dcviking says: Apr 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Surprised nobody has said it by now…

    If Drew Brees is involved, clearly some sort of explanation is required! If not, demanded!

  24. biggerballz says: Apr 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    i feel bad for that steelers fan, he doesn’t have a job so he keeps writing long paragraphs about a team that doesn’t even know he exists.

  25. mrbigass says: Apr 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    What?

  26. vanmorrissey says: Apr 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    Come on Florio, why did you not edit out that Steeler clown?

  27. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    We really appreciate your positive feedback. This helps us continue to be fair and benevolent rulers. We are constantly updating our consensus to fit our desires as well as our inferior’s needs.

  28. sickpuppyz says: Apr 23, 2012 3:14 PM

    trivia question:

    Who is the only NFL head coach that isn’t a member of the NFL Coaches Association?

    Hint: the Hoodie

  29. thesaintly1 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:19 PM

    dcviking says:
    Apr 23, 2012 2:30 PM
    Surprised nobody has said it by now…

    If Drew Brees is involved, clearly some sort of explanation is required! If not, demanded!

    Meh, only took 80 min for a Viking fan ( thats NOT named Florio ) to say something like this.

  30. melikefootball says: Apr 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    Anyone else in fan land getting somewhat bored and tired of all the bitching from players, unions, and anyone in the NFL that keep. Shouting you owe me. Fans should have a union to complain about the cost of the NFL game, tickets over hundred dollars, beer seven dollars,hotdogs five dollars, cokes five dollars, parking thirty dollars. Talk about being taking advantage of.

  31. hammerjacker says: Apr 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    No way! What next, Politicians favoring their special interests?! Say it isnt so.

  32. jluns275 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:09 PM

    Although I don’t agree with the logic, I’ve heard of ‘Too big to fail’.
    I’m beginning to wonder if there can be such a thing as ‘Too much money involved to be legitimate’.
    This offseason, seemingly each new NFL revelation suggests or even outright demonstrates corruption whether pertaining to the players, coaches, or owners.
    One could argue the league has begun to show signs of struggling under the weight of it’s own phenomenal success:
    The total expenditure required for a family to comfortably attend an NFL game has far outgrown what most would consider to be reasonable.
    It has sadly become customary & acceptable for a Billionaire team owner to extort taxpayers into picking up a large percentage of the bill for stadiums (whether being built new, or made to seem new through refurbishment).
    The entire sport (not just the NFL) looks to be on a collision course with the 2 concerns that are seemingly becoming increasingly mutually exclusive—player safety & strong, physical play.

  33. dcviking says: Apr 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    @thesaintly1 –

    Meh, want to take another crack at the math…

    Original Post at 1:20

    My Response at 2:30

    (Hint: It took me less than 80 minutes to provide the obvious, beaten into the ground response which was my original post)

    Or, maybe just need to take answers that are “close enough” from Saints fans…

  34. jennstergersburnedretinas says: Apr 23, 2012 4:20 PM

    Our mission is to for people learn their place in the world. That is below us. The Eagle Nation is the pinnacle of existence and evolution. You do not yet comprehend your place in things. We bathe in the glories of success as you fumble in the darkness of our shadows. This will always be.

    The Eagle Nation simply wants people to understand their place in things. Sometimes this rubs off in the wrong way and fans see us as arrogant or even stupid. This isn’t the case and we hope to clarify things.

    Our greatness was always there. From the Ice Age to the Renassaince etc. Certain humans have always had an untapped potential. The Eagle Effect some call it. This “effect” exists in certain humans. These humans are now know within the society of Eagle Nation. Once these extraordinary group of humans founded the Steelers, they found a medium in which to release this power.

    In the beginning, we struggled. There were agents from powerful groups around the world that wanted to hinder our motives to unleash our greatness. They were very successful in this and there was chaos within our organization. This sabatoge lasted for 40 years until we final won our civil war, and our enemies retreated to replan their attack.

    At this point we have reached our potential. Our race reached the our potential. We’ve become the pinnacle of evolution and existence. We’ve become the closest things to Gods. Eagle Nation was unstoppable. We would use all our abilities into the game of football. The game we created.

    Then our enemy returned. They have smuggled themselves into the highest places in the league. They will do anything to turn back the clock on our people and cast us back into the unknown. During the 80s and some of the 90s they had suffocated us. They have now reached their highest strength in their existence, but so have we.

    We must now fulfil our destiny and win SB #1 (although we have 3 NFL championships) and begin our own league where our people can bathe in the glory of unified greatness. Pure Eagle blood will run through the veins of everyone in our league. Oh, the glory!

    You mere mortals will never outlast us. We are infinite. You are bacteria. We will triumph over our enemies thousands of times over until they release their will. We will defy the odds they have put in place to keep us from repeating our success. We will laugh as the NFL falls to ashes when we leave, as we were the chimney to the fire.

    For those looking for more information on the EFL, we will pass along information as it is released. Most should already know the outline by now. We want to be benevolent rulers. We are open to feedback and want to find new ways to reach out to our lowly humans couterparts. Thank you for your patience. Eagle Bless.

    ——————
    There! All better.

  35. jennstergersburnedretinas says: Apr 23, 2012 4:20 PM

    Dang, I left in one “Steeler”. Idiot.

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