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Roddy White thinks NFLPA failed the players

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Roddy White has never been shy about saying what he thinks.

The Falcons receiver has shared some negative thoughts about ex-NFL players suing the league, complained about his ranking on the NFL’s top 100 list and railed against coverage of the lockout in the recent past so it’s not surprising that he would weigh in on the bounty scandal as well. Some NFL players are using today’s hearings as a platform to complain about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s role in the disciplinary process, something that prompted former NFL executive Andrew Brandt to point out a flaw in their argument via Twitter.

“Players complaining that Roger Goodell is “judge, jury and executioner” are a little late to the party. Players allowed in July.”

White saw Brandt’s tweet, retweeted it and then added some thoughts of his own. Let’s just say that the series of tweets won’t be used as a rallying cry for current NFLPA leadership.

“Don’t know why we complaining we did this to ourselves,” White wrote. “I applaud roger godell [sic] for brokering a hell of a deal and I blame nflpa for failing us. … Whoever is the head of the baseball union that’s who we need to hire they never have problems. … Ok they have had problems but not on the same issues that where [sic] problems before they signed a new cba as a union. the nflpa fixed none of our real problems. … Sold us a great dream about how good the deal was I didn’t even want to sign that card because I knew the deal we signed was terrible.”

Gee, Roddy, can you tell us how you really feel?

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43 Responses to “Roddy White thinks NFLPA failed the players”
  1. omegalh says: Jun 18, 2012 4:50 PM

    Finally, a voice of reason!

  2. benh999 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:54 PM

    He is 100% right. It is not the NFL’s job to hand the union the best deal they can afford — it is the NFLPA’s job to extract the best they can from the league, and vice-versa.

    If the players do not like the deal, they should be complaining about their union leadership.

    (The same applies to players who whine about their contracts. Blame your agent.)

  3. realnflmaster says: Jun 18, 2012 4:54 PM

    How much practice and coaches film do the patriots have of this guy?

  4. hey804 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    I’m a die hard Saints fan and I agree with him 100%.

  5. phillyphever says: Jun 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    He’s right, Smith’s been nothing but a bumbling buffoon ever since he got the job. And the worst part is that he’s got a few more years left on the job. If only the NFLPA would have picked Vincent instead, this wouldn’t have happened.

  6. pompadoorknob says: Jun 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    the nflpa will be in much better hands once de smith hands over the reigns to roddy.

  7. tonyinmd says: Jun 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    LOL…Billy Hunter? The same Billy Hunter that has led teh NBAPA into 2 LONG work stoppages with significant loss of paychecks…one just 7 months ago. The same Billy Hunter that on his watch allowed the owners to actually cap whatever the max is a player could make. The same Billy Hunter that has watched the league institute a huge luxury tax that practically acts as a salary cap. The same Billy Hunter who is in the middle of a mutiny.

    I despise D’ Smith as much as the rest, but given a choice between him and Hunter…Smith wins every time.

  8. mazenblue says: Jun 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    The NFLPA has failed its players. Quick to defend the accused, but never there for the victims.(I’m talking players)

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    Kinda dumb to bring up MLB after the issues they’ve had, but overall, he’s right. The players association failed to deliver a solid deal, in many regards. Not all, but many. Then again that’s as much or more the fault of the players themselves, so as they say: “better luck next time”.

  10. jimw81 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:04 PM

    Someone should tell roddy white that Donald Fehr isn’t available,he’s in the middle of a CBA fight in NHL.

  11. rbell2123 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:04 PM

    D smith was in over his head the second he became leader of the NFLPA.

  12. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 18, 2012 5:06 PM

    “Don’t know why we complaining we did this to ourselves,” White wrote.
    ———————————-
    Finally someone who gets it, I also enjoyed the part where he targeted the NFLPA for failing them.

  13. mkbane says: Jun 18, 2012 5:08 PM

    I commend Roddy White for actually recognizing what the hell happened instead of just crying about how “unfair” everything is.

  14. CKL says: Jun 18, 2012 5:08 PM

    “Players complaining that Roger Goodell is “judge, jury and executioner” are a little late to the party. Players allowed in July.”

    Thank you, Mr. Brandt. 100% correct, and unarguably so. Unless Goodell has violated the terms of the SBA, the players need to make their cases to him and then shut up an deal with it.

    Roddy’s about to get called down to Principal Smith’s office though. :D

  15. CKL says: Jun 18, 2012 5:09 PM

    *CBA*, oops!

  16. rascalmanny says: Jun 18, 2012 5:10 PM

    Roddy is right on the money. The players union did a terrible job.

    Maybe the players should sue the union leaders for collusion with the NFL.

  17. donchathinkso says: Jun 18, 2012 5:13 PM

    Why everyone here hates Jeffrey Kessler is beyond me. The only chance the players had for a fair deal was to follow Kessler into decertification.

    Hate the union? Then Kessler’s your man. He would have made the union disappear.

  18. karlton2 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:17 PM

    That’s awesome.

  19. bigjdve says: Jun 18, 2012 5:20 PM

    At least he is being honest and focusing the blame where it needs to go.

    They should start by firing De Smith.

  20. nickster31 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Every team, with the exception of the Steelers voted to approve the new CBA. IF he would have read it, before he voted to approve it, then he could complain.

    He either didn’t read it, or didn’t care. Either way, he, along with 30 other teams, handed this to Goodell. Now, he complains?

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    “I didn’t even want to sign that card because I knew the deal we signed was terrible.”

    __________________________

    Surprise, surprise.

  22. jakek2 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:34 PM

    “Players complaining that Roger Goodell is “judge, jury and executioner” are a little late to the party. Players allowed in July.”
    —————-
    That’s fine and Goodell would clearly be in the right if he was exercising his job as “judge”, “jury” and “executioner”….wait for it….wait for it…..

    FAIRLY!!!!!

    Withholding information, giving players losing millions of $$ 200 out of 50,000 pages, not disclosing witnesses, investigating a “problem” for 3 years and not stopping it while he had a chance but letting it continue as if nothing was wrong is all…..take a guess folks…..you got it…..

    UNFAIR!!

    Players did not agree to be treated UNFAIRLY. Goodell’s agreed-upon job as “arbiter” expressly requires him to act….come on now….I know you guys can get this one….all together now…..

    FAIRLY!!!!!!!!!!

  23. xxwhodatxx says: Jun 18, 2012 5:35 PM

    “I didn’t even want to sign that card because I knew the deal we signed was terrible.”

    —-

    Ok well if you knew the deal was bad and still signed what does that say about you.

  24. theawesomersfranchise says: Jun 18, 2012 5:36 PM

    I think I speak for the owners when I say….

    Bring it ON!!!!
    Lockout/Strike whatever, you will be replaced (again) by those who want a chance and a paycheck. And within 16 months you and your union will crumble.

  25. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    These guys got screwed!

  26. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Jun 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    Good for him

  27. mintberrycrunch1 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:53 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation.

  28. thedubixcube says: Jun 18, 2012 5:54 PM

    *preparations, not negotiations.

  29. ironmaiden666666 says: Jun 18, 2012 6:03 PM

    These Goodell defenders are so simple….

    There were hundreds of issues to resolve in the collective bargaining agreement and the players needed to PICK THEIR BATTLES in order to have a season.

    Goodells policies are superficial nonsense and window dressing. The guy needs to be regulated to improve the quality of the game and stop arbitrarily administering justice based on Mike and Mike in the morning.

    The owners will wake up, listen to their players and realize they created a monster in Goodell.

  30. realtimeeyes says: Jun 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    After reading “Ball Four,” I can never bring myself to side with the owners in any sport.

  31. raqaiw says: Jun 18, 2012 6:20 PM

    The players didn’t get screwed, they screwed themselves by taking the rewards now instead of later. The owners knew the players would never miss game checks, too many are living check-to-check to miss them. The NFLPA leadership knew this as well, so they focused on “winning” what they could before the money stopped and the players mutinied: less practice, OTA, and off-season time at work, more free-time in season, and other non-important fluff that the league was all too willing to concede. About the only real thing they “won” was 55% of all tv money and a hard salary floor, but that doesn’t kick in until 3 years into the deal. The owners(as usual) lowered the cost of rookies thereby decreasing the price of a draft failure and lowered the overall cap. Less money out, more money in. There’s a reason the owners are OWNERS and the players are EMPLOYEES; not partners.

  32. thingamajig says: Jun 18, 2012 6:21 PM

    Looks to me like someone from the NFLPA and theirLawyers/Players group finally read the CBA they all agreed to.

  33. yajas says: Jun 18, 2012 6:32 PM

    ironmaiden666666 says: “…the players needed to PICK THEIR BATTLES in order to have a season.”

    I don’t recall that part of the whole circus that was the CBA negotiations. I recall long periods of time where the NFLPA refused to talk and wanted to fight it out in court. I suspect the NFLPA picked their battles based on what would make the NFLPA the most money. I don’t know exactly how the union dues work in the NFL, but I bet the players getting a larger percent of the revenue meant more money for the NFLPA.

  34. rajbais says: Jun 18, 2012 6:36 PM

    I agree because they were way too desperate to get a deal, but at the same time they made litigation way too much of a priority with the antitrust suits!!!

    You cannot litigate when antitrust among the teams are for your benefit!!! the antitrust exemptions for the teams are a big reason why there is a salary cap, parity, and other ways for every team and player to have a chance to succeed!!!

    If it was said during Spring 2011 that you get nothing done while you litigate don’t have antitrust suits!!!

    All of the litigation time could have been substituted with collective bargaining time!!! During the time where fans were siding with the players that was enough leverage for the owners to cave in!!!

    I do not know how the NFLPA came up with their director candidate pool, but the next time you pick a director get someone who ACTUALLY has NFL-related experience. DeMaurice Smith never did and now look where it’s leading the players??

  35. mwindle1973 says: Jun 18, 2012 6:58 PM

    The problem here is Goodell has done nothing to alienate the ownership of the vast majority of teams. There is already a contingent that doesn’t like him and never have…particularly the family run franchise like the Rooneys in Pit, Browns in Cin & the Wilsons in Buf. There were a couple others who began to see the points made by the owners above for a few years during the lockout. The Saints ownership probably doesn’t care for him too much by this point either. So you potentially have 6-8 team owners who are against him right now. But he just got a long contract extension not too long ago. If you could get 10-14 teams against him, they could just fire him in a couple years and payoff the remaining years on his contract. But it would take a lot to do this. First off, the teams I mentioned other than the Saints, have most of their complaints in the financial structure. They believe Goodell is threatening parity by not compensating smaller market teams. THe end argument is they believe then that all teams can truly spend to the cap every year. I don’t see any team being unhappy about the bounty scandals handling. Even the Saints owner agreed with the action. So I think Goodell is here to stay. ANd remember why he got all the power to begin with. It was because the old player discipline system wasn’t working anymore.

  36. harlemdom says: Jun 18, 2012 7:13 PM

    They should have seen it coming, goodell will now flex his muscle for the next decade. He took away enzone celebrations, you can celebrate when sack the qb, can’t celebrate a interception, can’t hit a player while launching oneself. Should have seen it coming the NFL= NOT FOR LONG LEAGUE, or NO FUN LEAGUE.

  37. jakek2 says: Jun 18, 2012 7:28 PM

    In theory, the “judge, jury and executioner” term of the CBA was rightfully not a sticking point for the players. After all, 95% of the players will never have to worry about it. The remaining 5% (i.e. the Suhs and Harrisons of the league) would be affected.

    However, even to those 5%, they reasonably expected that Goodell would exercise his power as j,j,e fairly. The term “fair” does not have to be specifically spelled out in the CBA. Fairness is an implied term inherent in every contract. When you agree to buy a car and the contract says that the dealer can “charge late fees” for late payments, do you think that the word “fair” needs to be in that contract or that the dealer can charge you whatever late fees he wants??? Use your heads people. This is the Saints’ bone of contention. Simple as that.

    Even the staunchest of Goodell supporters have to agree that j,j,e’s back in William Wallace Scotland seemingly gave criminals more of a fighting chance before lopping off someone’s head.

  38. thcnote says: Jun 18, 2012 7:43 PM

    ironmaiden666666 says:
    Jun 18, 2012 6:03 PM
    These Goodell defenders are so simple….

    There were hundreds of issues to resolve in the collective bargaining agreement and the players needed to PICK THEIR BATTLES in order to have a season.

    Goodells policies are superficial nonsense and window dressing. The guy needs to be regulated to improve the quality of the game and stop arbitrarily administering justice based on Mike and Mike in the morning.

    The owners will wake up, listen to their players and realize they created a monster in Goodell.
    ———–
    Your a moron.

  39. tobiasjodter says: Jun 18, 2012 7:46 PM

    “Goodells policies are superficial nonsense and window dressing. The guy needs to be regulated to improve the quality of the game and stop arbitrarily administering justice based on Mike and Mike in the morning.”

    That sums it up. The mid-season rule changes on hits in 2010-2011 season are a prime example. They were nothing more than a reaction to the media. They were applied nonsensically, unfairly, randomly, without organization, in sum arbitrarily.

  40. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jun 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    trubroncfan07 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    These guys got screwed!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Nope. They let their leadership screwed them.

    Jeffrey Kessler got paid.

    De Maurice Smith got paid.

    Now the players are beginning to understand. Should be fun times at players association meetings!

  41. jessethegreat says: Jun 18, 2012 8:35 PM

    Roddy is one of the FEW players that seems to gain more of my respect with each time he opens his mouth.

    Blame your union. You players are paying them to represent your best interests. Hire different attorneys and or representation. Don’t put up with it. The owners are only looking out for their best interests, and you can’t blame them.

  42. jucam1 says: Jun 18, 2012 8:57 PM

    Jakek2, your comments and reasoning are stupid….. You can be angry, feel cheated for your sorry team, or complain all you want….. But if you were to ask a real litigation lawyer (like me) you sound like a sad and uneducated little man….the NFL has all the legal rights to isolate the Saints as a rogue franchise that cheats, and the prosecuting party in an arbitrary situation such as this was agreed upon to be the governing commissioner…Roger Goodell…it is what it is junior…. The Saints cheated in his perspective and he gets to make the decision legally…enjoy sounding like a clown to all that read your posts….

  43. jakek2 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:50 PM

    jucam1 says:
    Jun 18, 2012 8:57 PM
    Jakek2, your comments and reasoning are stupid….. You can be angry, feel cheated for your sorry team, or complain all you want….. But if you were to ask a real litigation lawyer (like me) you sound like a sad and uneducated little man….the NFL has all the legal rights to isolate the Saints as a rogue franchise that cheats, and the prosecuting party in an arbitrary situation such as this was agreed upon to be the governing commissioner…Roger Goodell…it is what it is junior…. The Saints cheated in his perspective and he gets to make the decision legally…enjoy sounding like a clown to all that read your posts….
    —-
    @jucam1 –

    You are not an attorney otherwise you would know that repetitive name reduces your credibility to zero immediately. As a real litigation attorney myself, I would expect a fellow attorney to attack the crux of my argument (that Goodell has acted unfairly) rather than offer absolutely nothing substantive. In that way, you are no different than most other pro-owners on this site.

    By the way, my “sorry team” happens to be the defending world champion New York Football Giants.

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