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Jail can wait, apparently

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While taking an initial look at the collusion lawsuit filed this week by the NFLPA against the NFL, two paragraphs in the 20-page document caught my eye.

In paragraph 22 and paragraph 25(b), a PFT report is cited.  At paragraph 22, the collusion suit cites our March 12 article, in which we reported that the NFL warned teams “at least six times” against dumping salary in the uncapped year of 2010.  At paragraph 25(b), the collusion suit quotes the same article for the proposition that the league threatened “serious consequences.”  (The collusion suit incorrectly characterizes our report as claiming that there would be “‘serious consequences’ for any Club that violated [the $123 million] secret salary cap.”  Our report merely states that serious consequences were threatened as to any team that used the uncapped year as an occasion to dump salaries.)

Assuming that the collusion suit survives the league’s inevitable argument that all legal claims, known or unknown, were released as of August 4, 2011, the NFLPA likely will want me to disclose my source.  Without the source’s consent, I simply can’t do it.  And so, if I’m subpoenaed to testify and if I’m asked to identify the source and when I decline to identify the source, things could get interesting.

Fortunately, things likely won’t get too interesting.  Last year, West Virginia joined a 40-state majority that has passed shield laws protecting reporters from disclosing confidential sources.  Without getting into the nuances, the law looks to be more than broad enough to prevent me from having to post PFT updates from the wrong side of an assortment of steel bars.

Obviously, if I’m subpoenaed, I’ll show up and testify.  And I’ll tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in response to every question asked.  And I’ll show nothing but respect for the process and everyone involved in it; even though I no longer practice law, I still consider myself to be an officer of the court.

But I won’t disclose my source.

Apparently, I also won’t go to jail.

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14 Responses to “Jail can wait, apparently”
  1. 72dolphinsfan says: May 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    Do you have to divulge the midnight parking garage rendezvous with deep throw?

  2. covercorner says: May 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    If you do go to jail, will you take your homemade Cleveland Browns Dirty Brown Towel with you?

  3. morgan420 says: May 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    Hell ya man stick to you guns, I love the loyalty and someone who isn’t afraid to stand up for their principles. toshea my man toshea

  4. timtheenchanter1 says: May 26, 2012 11:21 PM

    Tell them “It was Terry Bradshaw, but you won’t be able to ask him about it since he’s dead.”

  5. petedutcher says: May 26, 2012 11:42 PM

    Patriot Act. Clearly, you are a terrorist ;)

  6. daysend564 says: May 26, 2012 11:44 PM

    Warren Sapp knows….

  7. stairwayto7 says: May 27, 2012 12:47 AM

    Squeal like a pig like Ned Beatty! WEEEE WEEE WEEE!!

  8. zillabeast says: May 27, 2012 3:10 AM

    This is the coolest, most unexpected PFT post I’ve ever read at 1 a.m.

    In spite of what the haters and trollers say, this blog is still the best sports website in the world.

  9. rajbais says: May 27, 2012 6:14 AM

    You’re a good man for not disclosing your source!

    However, using PFT as a source or to pass it as legitimate evidence in a lawsuit brief????

  10. vikingamericann says: May 27, 2012 8:04 AM

    You should tell us your source we promise not to tell the NFLPA.

  11. deep64blue says: May 27, 2012 9:25 AM

    If the Judge is a liberal she may be sympathetic to the argument that both sides should respect a collective bargaining agreement and any disputes should be resolved within that framework.

    Just saying.

  12. screamingsheep69 says: May 27, 2012 9:42 AM

    “you gonna eat your cornbread?”

  13. JaminJake says: May 27, 2012 1:20 PM

    But if you go to jail that’s where you can get all the first hand scoops from Raiders players.

  14. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 27, 2012 3:14 PM

    Too bad.

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