Here’s the last thing we’ll say (we hope . . . as do the rest of you) regarding the story that took the NFL world by storm on Tuesday, prompting Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to drop a D-bomb on Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, and Logan Mankins.
(Actually, since we’ll be posting at some point the clip of Kluwe’s Wednesday appearance on PFT Live, it’s technically not the last thing we’ll say about it.)
Once the proverbial poo hit the propeller on Tuesday, the backtracking began. And the end result has been another case of ESPN-on-ESPN crime.
Chris Mortensen reported that agent Tom Condon, who represents Brees and Manning, said the players weren’t seeking special treatment. “They haven’t asked for anything individually and continue to be 100 percent behind the players’ efforts to resolve the negotiations,” Condon told Mortensen.
Sal Paolantonio, appearing this morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, had this to say: “Are Jeffrey Kessler and Tom Condon holding things up a little bit to ensure that the named plaintiffs achieve free agency and don’t get tagged down the road? Absolutely.”
The truth likely is that the players never personally asked for anything, but that their agents and/or Kessler were doing the asking for them. It’s a distinction without a difference, but for the men who faced an unexpected backlash on Tuesday, it’s important to be able to say, with a straight face, that they had nothing to do with any request for special treatment.
Still, when one reporter merely passes along what he’s told without analysis or skepticism and another reporter tells it like it is, it creates a little awkwardness, to say the least.