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Foxworth vows to fight NFL “tooth and nail” where interests don’t align

Domonique Foxworth AP

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a labor deal that will carry the game through at least nine more seasons without a lockout or a strike.  But the presence of a labor contract doesn’t guarantee labor peace.

Over the past couple of months, the relationship between the NFL and NFLPA has deteriorated, with more and more points of contention emerging between the parties.  It actually started not long after the Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed, given the failure of the parties to proceed with a fairly clear commitment to conduct HGH testing.

It’s gotten worse in recent weeks, fueled by the Saints’ bounty case and exacerbated by the union’s recent collusion claim.  Look for further deterioration to come.

“There are always going to be situations where our interests don’t align and we’re going to fight tooth and nail,” NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth tells NFL Network’s Albert Breer.  “And we respect each other afterwards in those situations.”

NFLPA executive direct DeMaurice Smith was more blunt during a Thursday press conference:  “Cartels do what cartels will do when left unchecked.”

It’s important for the NFLPA to be vigilant, even in times of supposed labor peace.  And with a former litigator running the union, it’s to be expected that the union’s interests will from time to time be pursued and defended via litigation.

Still, underlying any arguments or lawsuits or debates is the fact that, now more than ever, the NFL and the NFLPA are business partners.  They share every dollar that comes through the cash register, and so they should refrain from taking action against each other that could in any way reduce the total dollars generated.

The collusion claim, for example, could in theory attract the attention of Congress, which could decide to take action against the NFL’s antitrust exemption for broadcast purposes.  Which in turn would inflict major damage on the interests of the league and the interests of the players.

Of the tooth-and-nail fighting, Foxworth says that “we respect each other afterwards.”  But it’s even more important to respect each other during.  And that means making claims and raising defenses to claims not on a knee-jerk or nothing-to-lose basis but only after carefully considering the impact of the proposed activity on the bigger picture.

The claims made in the new collusion case will make it harder for the NFL and the NFLPA to resolve future differences amicably, because the NFL will now fear that the NFLPA will not honor the documents that purport to resolve and release certain legal claims.  In turn, the fact that the NFL apparently engaged in collusion during the uncapped year (regardless of whether the claims were waived by the new CBA) will make it harder for the NFLPA to trust the NFL on pretty much anything.

That’s what the two sides should be aspiring to restore:  trust.  They can agree and they can disagree and they can agree to disagree and they can disagree to disagree, but if they can’t trust each other, the relationship never will be as strong as it could or should be.

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33 Responses to “Foxworth vows to fight NFL “tooth and nail” where interests don’t align”
  1. switch123 says: May 26, 2012 12:21 AM

    Could care less if they win. They kick the Cowboys and Redskins to the curb, than file lawsuit. Spineless scumbags

  2. skoobyfl says: May 26, 2012 12:23 AM

    Fight the power.

  3. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 26, 2012 12:24 AM

    That’s what the two sides should be aspiring to restore: trust. They can agree and they can disagree and they can agree to disagree and they can disagree to disagree, but if they can’t trust each other, the relationship never will be as strong as it could or should be.

    The owners stuck their asses in the players’ faces by colluding against them, stealing money from them, then smiling and saying “oh, well” afterward.

    No way the players should trust the owners now.

  4. saintsfan26 says: May 26, 2012 12:38 AM

    Goodell is scum

  5. geo1113 says: May 26, 2012 12:39 AM

    NFLPA executive direct DeMaurice Smith was more blunt during a Thursday press conference: “Cartels do what cartels will do when left unchecked.”

    ———————–

    If they are a cartel, why did you agree to a CBA with them!!!!!!!

  6. panamon says: May 26, 2012 12:40 AM

    I think you exaggerate or almost sensationalize their relationship, disagreements happening isn’t equal to them hating each other or being unable to agree on other issues which I’m sure they can do (like stealing the Redskins money).

  7. thcnote says: May 26, 2012 12:49 AM

    The nflpa and the nfl would be much better off if Foxworth was running it and no that douche D Smith.

  8. denbronx says: May 26, 2012 1:24 AM

    I wish I could fight Foxworth tooth and nail for under performing while he was in Denver.

  9. bucnbutfan says: May 26, 2012 1:28 AM

    What is a Dominique Foxworth, and Who does he think he is? This is the NFL, stands for No Fairy League.

    Cartel? What is that about? It’s Memorial Day weekend, the time that we honor real heroes, don’t want to hear a wannab-be lawyer whining about the poor working conditions of millionaires.

  10. truthfactory says: May 26, 2012 1:39 AM

    These guys just dont get it… It doesnt matter how many extra couple of millions you squeeze out from a players career… Player salaries have virtually trippled in the last 15 years , and yet players are filing for bankruptcy at an alarming rate.

    More money isnt the answer for these guys…. They’ve shown they will blow it anyways. The lawsuit happy lawyer (DeSmith) has convinced these guys that suing is their answer, but that only racks up hefty bills for the attorneys, and ultimately those bills get passed on to the fans.

    I remember when players were earning $5 million/ yr and we were all excited about the game of football. Now they have players like Brees who are “insulted” with $19 million/ yr offers, while the union is suing to try to get even more money and the fans need to be graduates of law school to follow all the ridiculous lawsuits… This is obsered.

  11. kaoticbandito says: May 26, 2012 2:26 AM

    Foxworth has had this plan all along. Try to stay relevant on the labor end because he knew very early 0n that he could not hang as an actual player.

  12. jonasgrumbyoftx says: May 26, 2012 2:50 AM

    Goodell is the poster child for the evil of monopoly. Congress needs to eliminate the NFL anti-trust exemption. For the nitwit Union haters here, anti-trust is the antithesis of your capitalism God.

    Time to regulate the NFL, as in the Goodell era it is clear it can not regulate itself.

  13. jboyxl73 says: May 26, 2012 4:59 AM

    I absolutely believe players deserve to get taken care of but that also should have happened at the negotiating table before signing the CBA now they have to back track and make a mess cause they didn’t think this type of issue would happen

  14. rhopperstad says: May 26, 2012 5:30 AM

    EXACTLY Switch , you dont have to dig deep within any union’s
    bosses – “scumbags” whiners and complainers

  15. joetoronto says: May 26, 2012 5:32 AM

    NFLPA executive direct DeMaurice Smith was more blunt during a Thursday press conference: “Cartels do what cartels will do when left unchecked.”

    Even for De Clown, this statement goes too far.

  16. phillyphan83 says: May 26, 2012 6:28 AM

    Wow Mike, deep.

  17. vikingamericann says: May 26, 2012 6:28 AM

    I think we found HBOs hard knocks teams. Forget Jacksonville, put cameras on the NFLPA and NFL executives.

  18. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: May 26, 2012 6:51 AM

    So you could care less?

  19. jagsfanugh says: May 26, 2012 7:01 AM

    “switch123 says:
    May 26, 2012 12:21 AM
    Could care less if they win. They kick the Cowboys and Redskins to the curb, than file lawsuit. Spineless scumbags”

    I on the other hand couldn’t care less.

  20. eagleswin says: May 26, 2012 7:15 AM

    In turn, the fact that the NFL apparently engaged in collusion during the uncapped year (regardless of whether the claims were waived by the new CBA) will make it harder for the NFLPA to trust the NFL on pretty much anything.

    ————————————

    Let’s be honest here. The only proof i’ve seen is that the league didn’t want longterm contracts structured in a way to circumvent the salary cap when it returned. I have neither read, nor heard about a secret $123 salary cap except from the union with no evidence to back it up.

    Secondly, the union contends that the punishments of the redskins and cowboys raised no red flags. Really? or was it all the millions of dollars the league gave you to sign off on punishments? The union is planning on returning that money now they are contesting that the punishment was illegal? They aren’t returning the money? What a shocker. Nothing could have been enforced without the NFLPAs EXPLICIT consent, which they gave.

    Lastly, the union is worse than the NFL. The union and the NFL agreed to move on from the labor strife of 2010 and agreed to move on with a clean slate. They both signed documents saying that what’s done is done and to abide by the terms of the new CBA.

    The league has done that, the NFLPA has not. HGH testing has been stalled due to NFLPA roadblocks they can’t even find a doctor to do a USELESS study because no reputable doctor will sign off on the SHAM but the NFLPA will hold out against testing as long as the NFL let’s it. It will take another court case against the NFLPA to get HGH testing even though it was agreed to.

    There are many more issues as has been documented on this site. The NFLPA is dragging it’s feet and publicly bashing the NFL at every opportunity. I’m still waiting to here how not requiring players to wear mouthguards, leg pads, and the latest concussion resistant helmets is good for the players. Oh yea, some study must be done which will never be done because we wouldn’t want those new fangled advancements like mouthguards and leg pads to have an unknown side effect.

    I guarantee you that a few years down the road the NFLPA will be railing against the league for not taking player safety seriously enough and requiring mouthguards, leg pads, and the latest model helmets. The retired players will then file more lawsuits.

  21. jimr10 says: May 26, 2012 7:31 AM

    This unrest reeks of Kessler…

  22. 49erstim says: May 26, 2012 7:33 AM

    Well written Mr Florio….

    I’m sorry, but did De Smith drop a “cartel” label on the NFL? Wow. Is he trying to find justice for the people he represents or is he trying to bring the league down? Better watch out before “Big Brother” gets involved. You can’t just throw stuff like that out there.

  23. ravenmuscle says: May 26, 2012 7:43 AM

    How come its only COLLUSION when the owners get together to plan a strategy or talk behind the scenes?

    Why not sueing the NFLPA when all the agents COLLUDE to decide what they will ask for in contract negotiations?

    All the agents ever did before the latest contract agreement was talk and scheme with each other to inflate the players rookie contracts. That was collusion at its worst and nothing was ever done against the agents. Plus the players themselves ALWAYS COLLUDE to find out what each other is making so that they can jack up their asking price.

  24. jwayne111 says: May 26, 2012 7:48 AM

    Unions will do what unions do…D-Smith will be long gone and Goodell will be doing what he does to better Americas game and protect it.

    Days are #’d Smith…players will see thru all the big talk. (remember signing the agreement D?)

  25. 49erstim says: May 26, 2012 8:21 AM

    @eagleswin…..extremely well stated.

  26. speedel says: May 26, 2012 8:32 AM

    The players are stuck in being collectively socialist but individually capitalist. They agree on a pie (for competitive balance, and equal compensation) but all want the maximum percentage of that pie for themselves.

    The ultimate dilemma for the union would be a reduction of teams but increased revenue for the remainder of the players (would 90% of players take a pay cut to keep 5% employed?)

    the unions job is to keep itself around. They have to make it seem that they are doing something or players will realize that simply looking after numero uno will be easier and much more cost effective.

  27. briggsisbrokeagain says: May 26, 2012 9:10 AM

    “First thing we do, kill all the lawyers” – William Shakespeare

  28. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: May 26, 2012 9:50 AM

    Players can form their own league then sue themselves!

  29. txxxchief says: May 26, 2012 10:01 AM

    The NFLPA seems to be dominated by short-sighted individuals who believe that the path to success and happiness is paved with hateful, painful lawsuits. The attorneys love it because to them, the lawsuits are just a profitable game, and the attorneys on both sides always win financially.

    There are many serious flaws in our civil legal system, and the nearly impossible task of enforcing a legally binding contract without incurring huge legal fees is a major one of them. When it comes right down to it, a contract in this country is nearly worthless unless the party with which you enter into it is honest and trustworthy. Smith and the NFLPA have shown that they are do not possess those characteristics.

    I could tolerate a season or two without NFL football if the NFL could find a way to release the NFLPA from their current labor agreement and reformulate the league as a single employer model. The arrangement would eliminate many of the legal issues that plague the NFL and allow the players’ union to torture the NFL clubs and their fans.

  30. sonnyboychris says: May 26, 2012 10:18 AM

    The League engaged in illegal activity how difficult is that for you guys to comprehend?

  31. thingamajig says: May 26, 2012 5:36 PM

    That’s what the two sides should be aspiring to restore: trust.

    Would you trust DeMaurice Smith? Roger Goodell?

    Short answer to both : No

  32. dawglb says: May 26, 2012 11:20 PM

    Half of the players in the NFL wouldn’t be qualified (in the real world) to have a job that paid them $50,000/yr. That is if the NFL didn’t pay them ridiculous amounts of money to play football. Damn owners.

  33. ppdoc13 says: May 28, 2012 9:32 PM

    Foxy gotta do something. Sure as hell couldn’t play professional football. Stole a good 20 million from the ravens proving he couldn’t play. May be the worst free agent pickup in ravens history

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