NFL, Players Coalition meeting canceled, for now

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The Players Coalition hoped to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Texans owner Bob McNair, and unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Monday in Philadelphia. That won’t be happening. And it’s currently not known when the next meeting between the Players Coalition and the league.

The league didn’t accept our invitation,” Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins said Sunday, via the Associated Press. “At this point, the ball is in their court. We’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing. Guys are working around the league.”

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jenkins and retired receiver Anquan Boldin have been in constant communication with the league office, and the two sides remain interested in continuing the dialogue via a face-to-face meeting.

“They want to get back to football; we want to move past anthem demonstrations,” Jenkins said. “But to do that, we need to be able to replace the platform that we have.”

At some point, the players need to regard this issue for what it is — a rare item of significant leverage that can be traded for something else the players want, whether it’s a reformed disciplinary procedure, overhaul or elimination of the marijuana policy, or anything else that the league would be willing to give up in order to give the owners what they clearly want: An end to sitting or kneeling during the anthem.

This where Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to ditch the “enforcer” faςade and become a deal-maker. Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith should get together and develop a joint league/union policy that mandates standing for the anthem, in exchange for something for the players. That’s what former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the late Gene Upshaw would have done.

35 responses to “NFL, Players Coalition meeting canceled, for now

  1. Players agreeing to stop insulting fans and decades of NFL history in exchange for a more lenient drug policy so they can get high slightly more often would be a fitting epitaph to the end of the Goodell error.

  2. Malcolm Jenkins and the rest of these players should just shut up and do their jobs. Do the rest of that crap on their own time like the rest of us regular folks do.

  3. Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith should get together and develop a joint league/union policy that mandates standing for the anthem, in exchange for something for the players.

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    Oh, really? Then they would simply go back to kneeling again whenever they “wanted something.” You don’t negotiate with terrorists.

  4. This where Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to ditch the “enforcer” faςade and become a deal-maker. Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith should get together and develop a joint league/union policy that mandates standing for the anthem, in exchange for something for the players. That’s what former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the late Gene Upshaw would have done.

    I could not agree more! The players shouldn’t and won’t cave on this, and the League should stop it’s self inflicted wounds. Overshadowing some really great effort in games by players benefits no one and that is what is happening.

  5. “Jenkins said. “But to do that, we need to be able to replace the platform that we have.””

    –The only platform they were given was for doing their job playing football.

    “This where Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to ditch the “enforcer” faςade and become a deal-maker.”

    –100% wrong. This where the employer needs to act like an employer and deal with employee’s ruining their company

  6. The players need to realize that they have absolutely no leverage. Yes, they have a union but their average careers last 4 years, not 30 years like most other union members. There is no solidarity when that is the case……get your shot, make your money and then get out is what 99% of their membership are thinking. McNair’s comments were spot on.

  7. You can’t speculate what Tagliabue would do in this situation because he would have not let it get to this point. He was an actual leader who wielded his power for the good of the business, not for so called social justice.

  8. The more these spoiled millionaires act up, the less i want to do with them. I wish McNair would have forfeited the game after all those players were disrespectful during the anthem.

  9. How about this – you play football, collect your pay, and let the owners run their business the way they see fit so long as no rules are broken. Or, quit the NFL and flip burgers and protest the world on your time.

  10. Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith should get together and develop a joint league/union policy that mandates standing for the anthem, in exchange for something for the players.

    I whole-heartedly disagree. This is similar to children when they say they are going to hold their breath until they get what they want. If they agree to this ridiculous idea then any time the players want something they’ll kneel and only agree to stand up if they get what they want. I think the NFL should just forget about kneeling. They can’t stop it. If they want to act like idiots let them. I’m so sick of this whole thing and now it’s become a bargaining chip…

    “They want to get back to football; we want to move past anthem demonstrations,” Jenkins said. “But to do that, we need to be able to replace the platform that we have.”

    That shows right there they don’t want to get back to football. They want what they want all the time and to use this is a concession to get something they want is totally despicable. Yeah, disrespect the people who make this country so great so you can get what you want. Childish.

  11. So what are they protesting social injustice, or are they just trying to horse trade for something with the NFL. If they are just trying to trade with the NFL doesn’t that make their protest meaningless?

  12. The only thing I would trade kneeling for the anthem for would be to do away with it all together. Someone on here talking about decades of NFL history. How many decades have their been since 2009? That’s when this “tradition” started. It was a way for the military to recruit and a way for billionaires to get more tax payer money. Win-win for the oligarchy.

    Looking forward to the day when Americans care more about their fellow Americans than the flag.

  13. I can see why this is so confusing. Rich people standing up for poor people typically goes against the “American way” of doing daily business. Standard operating procedure is the poor do not count as full citizens so they shouldn’t be part of a debate to begin with.

    Most of us in the middle class will never have anyone standing up for us. We are here to do the bulk of the work and pay the bulk of the taxes but we will never have anyone standing up for us. That is why I think some of my fellow middle class citizens are so angry that the lowest class is getting something they themselves will never get. Representation.

  14. First, the protests were about cops killing unarmed African American men, then, they were about social injustice, then, they were because Trump called for them to be fired, then they were about McNair’s use of a colloquial expression, Next week they will be about the league refusing to meet with them.
    Can someone please tell me what the protests are really about other than drawing attention to themselves?

  15. All you really needed to see were those empty seats in washington for a cowboys game. People fed up with these guys

  16. Wait………this cause means so much to you but you will be willing to trade it for a “Pot Policy”??????

    Haha………….sounds like your whole argument is going “Up in Smoke”.

  17. At some point, the players need to regard this issue for what it is — a rare item of significant leverage that can be traded for something else the players want, whether it’s a reformed disciplinary procedure, overhaul or elimination of the marijuana policy, or anything else that the league would be willing to give up in order to give the owners what they clearly want: An end to sitting or kneeling during the anthem.


    Wait, yo’re suggesting that players should trade their VALUES for something at a bargaining table? Doesn’t sound like VALUES to me. You don’t trade those. Unless they really weren’t worth anything to begin with.

  18. Again, all the ignorant white privileged Trumpsters on here throwing out idiotic comments about “terrorists” and “employees”. Just more code words for the racists to use. And you are all still here commenting on the NFL, which you swore you would quite watching, but still are. Such a principled group.

  19. “First, the protests were about cops killing unarmed African American men, then, they were about social injustice, then, they were because Trump called for them to be fired, then they were about McNair’s use of a colloquial expression, Next week they will be about the league refusing to meet with them.
    Can someone please tell me what the protests are really about other than drawing attention to themselves?”

    If you cant find the common denominator between everything you just mentioned, then you are just choosing to bury your head in the sand.

  20. realityonetwo says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:02 am
    Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith should get together and develop a joint league/union policy that mandates standing for the anthem, in exchange for something for the players.

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    Oh, really? Then they would simply go back to kneeling again whenever they “wanted something.” You don’t negotiate with terrorists.

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    Although I do think they should work something out with the players, this is a very good point. Basically the workers have found a way that whenever they want something they can put management over a barrel like a strike does without giving up their paychecks like a strike would force them too. Normally a strike requires resolve from the strikers to take on sacrifices or risks, so workers wont do it lightly. But here there is no sacrifice or risk for the worker so they can do it pretty much at will any time they want something (even already see talk of giving them the pot issue). So if the players are to be given their platform they want they need to in turn not just give the league an end to the on field protests but also some means by which they can be assured this will not happen again.

  21. Clearly the inmates have taken over the asylum. Now we’ll see how many ordinary folks will continue to spend their dollar to keep the asylum going. I’m guessing many people will catch on to the hypocrisy of those getting paid millions to play a game who use the opening Anthem to protest “social injustice” to those who have paid to watch a game. If fans want to end social injustice stop supporting games and give your money to a worthy cause.

  22. Most of us are trying to figure out what the Texans players were protesting on Sunday? For some reason, I think they knelt for the National Anthem because of Bob McNair and that makes no sense to me. I give up.

  23. After reading this article, Hell would have frozen over, before I would have apologized!!!! McNair is the employer, you are the employee, you do what is asked of you by said employer, if not you no longer have a job! Quite simple..unbelievable

  24. If the players want a platform to air their positions, then pay for it. Stop using free time in front of fans at games and with reporters on TV. Earn it and pay for it. Stop being free loaders. If they really want to get their message out there than buck up.

  25. Like management is going to recognize and legitimize a self-created subgroup of employees called the “Players Coalition.”

    What do they even want? Management control over what the owners say?

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