Prior to the Super Bowl, the NFLPA proudly proclaimed that a survey of players showed that nearly all of them didn’t trust team doctors.
Now, the league is questioning whether the survey even happened, in essence accusing the union of making it up.
John York, the 49ers owner and the chairman of the league’s health and safety committee, threw gas on the fire by saying he hasn’t seen any evidence the survey exists.
“I haven’t seen it,” York said, via Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “The NFL Physicians Society has asked. The league has asked. And attorneys have asked. We haven’t gotten any type of positive response. . . .
“The anecdotal evidence of the players who have spoken out, have said they didn’t know anything about of the survey.”
The NFLPA was short on specifics when talking about the survey, never detailing how many players were polled, other than to say every team was represented.
The NFLPA replied Tuesday with a statement that took shots at York, but didn’t address the nature of his questions.
“Coming from the organization that denied Joe Montana’s workers compensation benefits for years, we are not concerned about the remarks about our player survey,” the statement read. “The day the NFL commits itself to taking care of players who have been injured at work is the day we begin to take these types of comments seriously.”
We could print more and more of the words, but it goes back to the basic problem the league and the union have on issues great and small. There’s an inherent mistrust in any union-management situation, and there probably should be.
But this relationship is so antagonistic at the moment, that things they seem to have agreed to, such as HGH testing, are hung up in a maze of arguments with no end in sight.