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Tagliabue wanted more time to answer NFLPA question, deadline forced NFLPA’s hand

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The NFLPA has announced that it will file a motion to recuse former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue from his position as arbitrator in the bounty cases.  The move comes two days after the NFLPA sent Tagaliabue a letter asking him to address multiple questions regarding his ability to proceed.

We’re told that Tagliabue responded to the letter, and that Tagliabue said he needs more time to address the issues.

The NFLPA’s hands were tied, however, by the time frame that Judge Helen Berrigan established for filing paperwork on the recusal issue.

In theory, Tagliabue could still persuade the NFLPA to abandon its position via a letter sent after the NFLPA files is motion to recuse.  In practice, that’s highly unlikely.  Though the October 22 letter at no point asks Tagliabue to step aside, the letter makes clear the union’s belief that he should.

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8 Responses to “Tagliabue wanted more time to answer NFLPA question, deadline forced NFLPA’s hand”
  1. kidpresentable says: Oct 24, 2012 2:11 PM

    The longer the NFLPA can drag this out, the more likely it is that the healthy/signed players can play the full season. Ultimately, this is going to be StarCaps 2.0.

  2. kattykathy says: Oct 24, 2012 2:15 PM

    Tags just wanted to stall till the deadline passed. The league and Goodell are shady

  3. thingamajig says: Oct 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    NFLPA won’t be satisfied until De Smith is appointed arbitrator

  4. GM says: Oct 24, 2012 2:51 PM

    Goodell issued suspensions, they appealed, they lost. If they don’t like it, they can go find a new job.

    Instead, they lawyer up and drag it on.

    NFL get’s sued by former players over concussions, and sued by current players for trying to prevent concussions….

  5. thowedoff says: Oct 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    The NFL is giving the federal judge all the reasons to be able to step in and have jurisdiction over this matter. She has said from.get go that in the beginning her hands were tied because the players did have other appeals processes to take under the CBA and until the players exhausted all their options she legally couldnt step in..BUT on the other hand she also told the NFL that these players were guranteed fairness and that those gurantees didnt have to be in the CBA they are an automatic given under federal law…and that the minute the NFL exhibited unfairness then a federal judge had all authority to step in. and the feds are not dumb she knows that appointing Tags who is also an employee of the lawfirm representing goodell in these suits as well as the defamation suit is a conflict of intrest and is noway an impartial arbitrator to this situation…so by doing so the NFL has showed they arent gonna be fair…giving the judge legal ground to start stepping in!!

  6. mwindle1973 says: Oct 24, 2012 4:26 PM

    thowedoff says: Oct 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    The NFL is giving the federal judge all the reasons to be able to step in and have jurisdiction over this matter. She has said from.get go that in the beginning her hands were tied because the players did have other appeals processes to take under the CBA and until the players exhausted all their options she legally couldnt step in..BUT on the other hand she also told the NFL that these players were guranteed fairness and that those gurantees didnt have to be in the CBA they are an automatic given under federal law…and that the minute the NFL exhibited unfairness then a federal judge had all authority to step in. and the feds are not dumb she knows that appointing Tags who is also an employee of the lawfirm representing goodell in these suits as well as the defamation suit is a conflict of intrest and is noway an impartial arbitrator to this situation…so by doing so the NFL has showed they arent gonna be fair…giving the judge legal ground to start stepping in!!
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    This is not accurate…she can’t say the CBA is against federal law…the CBA was approved already. If it broke federal labor laws then it would have been rejected by the National Labor Board. It is a legally binding agreement. And you wait and see…this judge knows she has no precedent for stepping into this case. And now the NFL has both reduced some suspensions and rescued himself, she definitely has no legal basis for taking over. And anyway what is more likely is that she begins to see the NFLPA as not willing to compromise. Remember she said what she wanted more than anything was for the 2 parties to cave on some issues and come to a settlement on this issue. SOunds like the NFL is the only party willing to give up ground on any of their positions.

  7. thowedoff says: Oct 24, 2012 4:56 PM

    what i said is very accurate….there are certain things that are guranteed to a person that does NOT have to be listed in a contract…the CBA can be legally binding and approved but a person is GURANTEED TO BE TREATED FAIR WETHER IT IS LISTED IN THE CBA OR NOT one party cannot violate that law and assume they are un touchable because of a CBA….that is where the NFL messed up…yea true enough goodelle has the power and authourity to handle these cases BUT FEDERAL LAW DEMANDS HE STILL ACT IN A FAIR MANNER!! and the minute he doesnt then he has voided the protection of the CBA

  8. addmack24 says: Oct 24, 2012 5:23 PM

    mwindle1973 says:

    This is not accurate…she can’t say the CBA is against federal law…the CBA was approved already. If it broke federal labor laws then it would have been rejected by the National Labor Board. It is a legally binding agreement. And you wait and see…this judge knows she has no precedent for stepping into this case. And now the NFL has both reduced some suspensions and rescued himself, she definitely has no legal basis for taking over. And anyway what is more likely is that she begins to see the NFLPA as not willing to compromise. Remember she said what she wanted more than anything was for the 2 parties to cave on some issues and come to a settlement on this issue. SOunds like the NFL is the only party willing to give up ground on any of their positions.

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    This is not accurate…If the process outlined in the CBA isn’t followed and the process has been flawed (which it has) she can most definately step in and take it out of the NFL’s hands. It has all been a sham anyway so there will be no problem in her doing so. Goofell asked his lawyer to step in and take over…please. If Tags doesn’t step aside we know that he is on clean up duty and it may work in our favor. But I have a feeling that he will side with the NFL since they pay his salary.

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