There have been no shortage of responses Tuesday to the end of Monday night’s game between the Packers and Seahawks and now NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has weighed in on the matter.
Smith’s take is quite different from those that focus on the call of simultaneous possession by Packers safety M.D. Jennings and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate of the final pass of the game. Smith continues to focus on the ongoing lockout of the officials as an issue of player safety that didn’t change because of the final ruling on the field on Monday night and by the NFL’s decision to affirm the decision on Tuesday.
“It is the NFL’s duty to provide a workplace that is as safe as possible. The League will want fans, the media and sponsors to talk only about ‘the product’ on the field. We are not product,” Smith said in the statement. “While the focus today is about a blown call and the outcome of one football game, our focus as a family of players is and will remain squarely on workplace safety.”
The entire text of Smith’s statement can be found here.
Smith also said that the union is reviewing all potential actions to protect the players. NFLPA assistant executive director for external affairs George Atallah told Mike Garafolo of USA TODAY Tuesday that there wasn’t much the players could do to bring the impasse to an end. Atallah said that it was up to the league to decide if they are “willing to continue to trade or risk the integrity of the game for what amounts to really not that much money” in that conversation.