A.J. Smith: I was denied chance to assist in labor negotiations

AP

If you are anything like me, you’ve probably thought to yourself over the last few weeks: “Man, these contentious labor negotiations sure could use a bridge builder like A.J. Smith.”

It turns out the often-ornery Chargers G.M. was thinking the same thing.

“I volunteered my services,” Smith told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.  “But my request was denied.”

Acee insists Smith would “very much” like to be part of the NFL group working towards a new CBA.   (And not just to make Jeff Pash and Jerry Richardson look like softies in comparison.)

The league apparently didn’t consider Smith’s request for too long.

“Let’s just say it was someone high up in authority, and it was denied before I got to finish my sentence,” Smith said.

We’ve finally found a decision by the league office that the players can agree with.

30 responses to “A.J. Smith: I was denied chance to assist in labor negotiations

  1. What a shocker! This guys pride definetly wouldn’t get in the way or anything, just like the rest of his most recent free agent situations…

  2. He’s never negotiated with a player before, now he wants to negotiate with all of them?

  3. Vincent Jackson is already on the lawsiut with Brady and Manning, but Smith being part of the process is more than Vincent Jackson handle///

  4. Would that be the same AJ Smith who has trouble making the playoffs with one of the most talented teams in the league? Is that the brilliant GM who has 28 players on his roster becoming free agents in the same year? Or is it the AJ Smith who owns the indisputed largest ego and shortest fuse of any NFL exec? Just askin.

  5. LOL! Yeah they thought Jerry Jones was too much of a tool-bag so let’s bring in AJ “people skills” Smith! Can’t make that up!

  6. I heard the Chargers are looking for a new big stadium.
    Not for the team, but for Smith’s ego.
    What a dolt !
    It’s nice to see it’s not only the players who think he’s an idiot, but the owners do too.
    It must be great to live your life devoid of reality A.J.
    How about getting a ring or something?

  7. Ha ha ha!!!!!!!!! Too funny. Seriously? When has AJ actually negotiated with a player?

  8. Brain overload……too many angles to take on this one…….shutting down to protect circuit board..

    Thanks for the laugh – I sure needed one today

  9. Even if the owners would have (foolishly I might add) accepted A.J. Smith to be a member of their negotiating team, the outcome at this point would not have been any different. The players strategy all along was to decertify the union and go to court. Coincidentally enough…… the case was punted around until it finally made it’s way into the hands of a female judge who just happens to be a democrat appointed by none other than Obama.

  10. Sure A.J.. Come on in and show us how you have single-handedly alienated half of your team. Maybe we can have football in 2020!

  11. Wow. AJ has never negotiated with a single player, and now he wants to negotiate with all of them?

  12. Your dam right he was denied before it could get out of his mouth he is idiot with a complex. Drafts good talent tho.

  13. I don’t know…maybe he and D Smith could meet in an alley and ‘have at it”. Whoever wins…well…they win.

  14. He can’t be any worse the Jones, Richardson, et al. All GM’s, all owners and all players under contract should meet and lockout all the lawyers.

  15. elrushbo2 says: Mar 21, 2011 4:27 PM

    Even if the owners would have (foolishly I might add) accepted A.J. Smith to be a member of their negotiating team, the outcome at this point would not have been any different. The players strategy all along was to decertify the union and go to court. Coincidentally enough…… the case was punted around until it finally made it’s way into the hands of a female judge who just happens to be a democrat appointed by none other than Obama.
    ________________________
    And Doty is a male judge appointed by a hardline conservative named Ronald Reagan. Your point is? Any honest Judge makes their ruling based on two things: the evidence and relevant case law. If the NFL loses an anti-trust case, it won’t be because the judge is liberal. It will be because even the Supreme Court (more conservatives than liberals) acknowledges that the league’s practices violate anti-trust laws. The league, however, had an exemption due to the existence of the NFLPA and the fact that the labor practices relating to the players was negotiated through a collective bargaining agreement. That, btw, is why the NFL is so desperate to say that the NFLPA is still a union and that their decertification doesn’t count. Without the NFLPA existing as a full fledged union, the NFL loses it’s exemption.

  16. Can’t you guys get a joke when you hear one? AJ is just having fun with everyone. He is a very keen man with a great sense of humor. Lighten up Francis!!!

  17. wryly1 says: Mar 21, 2011 3:56 PM

    Or is it the AJ Smith who owns the indisputed largest ego and shortest fuse of any NFL exec? Just askin.
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    As long as Polian is in charge of the Colts…Smith is a distant second in both categories.

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