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NFLPA still dealing with trust issues with league

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The NFLPA just held a conference call with the national media, and while they lacked concrete news on issues such as HGH testing or what the salary cap will be for the coming year, the one thing that’s abundantly clear is the two sides still don’t trust each other any farther than they can throw each other.

NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth said on the topic of HGH testing that players were willing to “expose themselves to an imperfect test,” but balked at the lack of an appeal in the current NFL proposal.

In response, league spokesman Greg Aiello just tweeted “Not true+he knows it.”

The lack of trust was mentioned several times during nearly an hour-long call, specifically on the topic of HGH testing (which both sides agree to in theory, but can’t figure out how to implement).

Much of that lack of trust seems to stem directly from Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the bounty case.

“If (players) don’t trust anyone on Park Avenue, it’s hard to get anything done,” Foxworth said. “If I wanted to get them to trust Roger, I couldn’t.”

Much of this is simply the saber-rattling that happens when labor unions and employers discuss things. NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah mentioned issues concerning equipment and training for youth football programs as examples of agreement between the sides.

But until the two sides can agree on something important at the adult level, it’s unclear if anything will ever be resolved.

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12 Responses to “NFLPA still dealing with trust issues with league”
  1. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Feb 19, 2013 5:10 PM

    The owners:

    1. Locked the players out.

    2. Stole from them by having a defacto cap in a year that each side agreed to have uncapped.

    3. Sat idly by while Goodell suspended players with no evidence of wrongdoing.

    And now the owners want cooperation from the players on HGH testing?

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    Dom thinks the guys sitting across the table from him look a bit suspicious.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Feb 19, 2013 5:12 PM

    Hire an independent firm to do the testing. There, problem solved. It was easy.

  4. chatham10 says: Feb 19, 2013 5:14 PM

    The Union does not trust the league, how much do you think the league trust the Union? What a joke for both sides.

  5. mjkelly77 says: Feb 19, 2013 5:38 PM

    NFLPA still dealing with trust issues with league
    __________________

    The NFLPA members shouldn’t trust their Executive Director Maurice Smith. He sold out the players just so he could afford more hats.

  6. mazblast says: Feb 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    Other than the fact that The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person is an arrogant, pompous, tyrannical, arbitrary, biased, endlessly self-promoting egomaniac, and the union chief is, well, a union chief, there’s no reason for the two sides to distrust each other.

  7. kattykathy says: Feb 19, 2013 6:13 PM

    Nobody trusts roger Goodell.
    Not the players, the Refs, the fans, the vendors, NOBODY

  8. justanotherdummy says: Feb 19, 2013 7:06 PM

    The players don’t want an HGH test because a boatload are on it and would rather not have to find other employment when they cannot compete without it.

  9. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Feb 19, 2013 6:13 PM
    Nobody trusts roger Goodell.
    Not the players, the Refs, the fans, the vendors, NOBODY
    _____________________

    The owners sure do.

  10. cfbfan2013 says: Feb 19, 2013 8:08 PM

    Let’s tell the 100% truth here. There are two reasons why and they just need to admit it.

    1. They need time to get off HGH

    2. They want to undo some of the screw job that De Smith and their lawyers did when they got hosed by the owner’s lawyers!

  11. lanjoith says: Feb 19, 2013 9:57 PM

    If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin. I love how big and fast the NFL is and it is partly because of HGH. Football is entertainment and the entertainers get paid well and know the risks. Once the NFL police catches up with HGH, a new way to cheat will already have arrived. I can’t wait till the day a 300lbs linemen runs a 4.4 forty!

  12. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 20, 2013 6:09 AM

    Hmmm, if they players don’t trust anyone on Park Ave. they could always go play somewhere else. Suck it up! Unions & Democrats, puke.

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