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NFLPA looking into action against leakers of combine information

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There have been several reports about prospective 2014 draftees failing drug tests at the combine in February, something that seems to happen every year and makes you wonder how hard anyone is working to keep supposedly confidential information from becoming public knowledge.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday that there is “obviously a lack of appropriate attention” to keeping the information private. While the prospective draftees are not yet members of the union, Smith said that the NFLPA is considering civil, regulatory and CBA responses to the continued leaks.

“We are going to be taking a look at a number of actions we can take as the union to protect players in those situations,” Smith said. “If anyone from a team level is releasing information that could be considered confidential, subject to HIPAA or collected under the belief that it is confidential, we are going to take steps.”

Smith suggested those steps could be taken against the people running the combine, team officials and media members who pass along the information.

During the discussion about combine leaks, Smith also fielded a question about the status of the investigation into leaks about quarterback Josh Freeman as he parted ways with the Buccaneers. Smith said that the interviews, conducted in cooperation with the NFL, have concluded and that the league would likely release it’s position on their findings in the next couple of weeks.

“I remain and our union remains concerned about the roles of team employees who may have been involved in those statements or leaks,” Smith said.

The combine leaks are an annual event and they engender a similar response every year from the NFLPA. It’s hard to see that cycle changing without talk of action against alleged leakers┬ábeing replaced by actual action.

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14 Responses to “NFLPA looking into action against leakers of combine information”
  1. onbucky96 says: May 7, 2014 9:01 PM

    Boo hoo! Maybe focus on that HGH agreement you had w/Roger.

  2. durno99 says: May 7, 2014 9:14 PM

    Ya…..why tell the truth? Whatever D!!!

  3. broncostevenp says: May 7, 2014 9:27 PM

    How do they know it was the nfl and not someone trying to make a buck on the side?

  4. pabrownsfan says: May 7, 2014 9:50 PM

    Any leak should be looked into. God knows that no reporter from ESPN has ever been wrong. Give all the kids a chance. Do not go on rumors etc.

  5. carb0n14 says: May 7, 2014 10:01 PM

    I blame the Glazer’s family.

  6. qdog112 says: May 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    The union shows interest in protecting privacy rights of the players and onbucky96 is concerned with HGH?

    That’s what I call being focused. Any other time I bet he’d the first one complaining about identity fraud, privacy invasion and leaks, but as soon as others want those protections, it’s “boo hoo”. Quite an intelligent response, though totally unrelated.

    Hard to figure whether you just hate De Smith, the union or just feel players should have no privacy rights. What’s HGH have to do with the leaks? I guess only you know. A grown man writes, “boo hoo”. (scratching my head)

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 7, 2014 10:49 PM

    The Wonderlic scores are supposed to be confidential as well. But every year, regular as clockwork, Bob McGinn BEAT WRITER FOR THE GREEN BAY PACKERS, publishes them in the weeks leading up to the draft.

  8. bucrightoff says: May 7, 2014 10:51 PM

    The Freeman report is never coming out, everyone already knows his agent was behind it all and the NFLPA will not be saying an agent of one of its memebers was reponsible.

  9. joey563 says: May 7, 2014 10:54 PM

    Or… you could stand up and advice the players you represent to stop doing drugs and take responsibility…(i know it’s a crazy thought and all, but…)

  10. 12brichandfamous says: May 7, 2014 11:11 PM

    Start suing reporters who reveal confidential information. Let’s see the media defend that. I bet they quit publishing when the legal bills get large.

  11. platinumraider32 says: May 8, 2014 12:28 AM

    Leaking combine information????

    Note to Roger G… put the draft back to the original date so we can stop this nonsense.

    Geeezzzzzz………………….

  12. joetoronto says: May 8, 2014 5:00 AM

    This is the union way, don’t spend a second trying to teach these idiots the right way.

    No, no. Do whatever you can to cover it up.

  13. lawyermalloy says: May 8, 2014 6:56 AM

    In the end, the worst Union in professional sports will do absolutely NOTHING!

  14. rajbais says: May 8, 2014 8:55 AM

    It’s simple. Just listen to Louis riddick. Scouts are leaking this because they’re bored.

    The draft should be completed sooner so scouts don’t have to be leakers.

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