Umenyiora says he takes his role as named plaintiff seriously

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Along with nine other NFL players, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has applied his name to the antitrust lawsuit aimed initially at lifting the lockout and ultimately at providing the kind of leverage that can deliver a labor deal that favors the players.  He attended Friday’s appellate court hearing in St. Louis, and he thereafter talked about the importance of his role.

“You can’t be a main plaintiff and put your name out there, and then go hide under a rock somewhere,” Umenyiora told Jarrett Bell of USA Today.  “It’s important that the players know that the guys who put their names out there are definitely behind this, and we’re going to see what happens.”

Though likely unintended, Umenyiora’s comments represent a not-so-subtle indictment of guys like Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning, who gave their names to the lawsuit but who otherwise have, to borrow Osi’s words, hidden under a rock somewhere.  That remark applies with the most force to the sibling of the quarterback of Umenyiora’s team; Eli Manning’s big brother actively has avoided the media for weeks, saying nothing about the situation and participating in none of the hearings or other activities.

As to Umenyiora, his boasts seem a bit misplaced, given that he has yet to participate in any of the mediation sessions.  If he truly intends to take an active role in the litigation that bears his name, he needs to show up not only for the courtrooms proceedings but also for the negotiations that could lead to a resolution of the entire situation.

Still, showing up for court is more than plenty of the other named plaintiffs are doing, so Umenyiora is for now ahead of the game.

15 responses to “Umenyiora says he takes his role as named plaintiff seriously

  1. I hope he takes his role of ruining the sport serious also…My God, these players really are dumber than they look…

  2. It’s ridiculous to ask any player to take part in negotiations or be a part of any settlement talks. These guys pay agents and managers to handle these things because it is not a players specialty to do so. Players are professional athletes, not labor law experts. In my opinion they really have no place attempting to negotiate with the top lawyers in the country to get a deal for themselves. In fact I feel they would be doing a disservice to the players, including themselves, by doing so. I think they are smart enough to know that they need to confide in there representatives to handle negotiations at this level and that anything they say to the media will likely hurt, more than help, their case and image as a player and a named plaintiff to this case. Sorry PFT, i love the site but I am on the other side of the fence on this one.

  3. I don’t think you should put Drew Brees in the hide under a rock catergory. Brady and especially Manning, but not Brees.

  4. If the players win their lawsuit and it results in the End Of Football As We Know It, will that affect Brady’s and Manning’s chances of getting into the Hall of Fame? Why would you put somebody in the Hall of Fame who destroyed the league that made them famous?

  5. Actions, not words Osi. He doesn’t have to be the hundredth player to speak out. Just one of the nine gutsy enough to file a lawsuit.

  6. I agree duanethomas.

    Drew Brees has shown he is not hiding under a rock as he continues to make dumb comments and lose the respect of many fans of other NFL teams which he once had. His Eugene Upshaw comment could go down as his dumbest.

  7. If Osi thinks Brees has been hiding under a rock that means Osi has been hiding under a rock.

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