NFLPA hopes Rice decision helps “fix a broken process”

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Let the gloating begin.

In the wake of Judge Barbara Jones reinstating former Ravens running back Ray Rice, the players union has responded to what it views as a big win.

“This decision is a victory for a disciplinary process that is fair and transparent,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “This union will always stand up and fight for the due process rights of our players. While we take no pleasure in seeing a decision that confirms what we have been saying about the Commissioner’s office acting arbitrarily, we hope that this will bring the NFL owners to the collective bargaining table to fix a broken process.

“It is clear that this decision should force the NFL to embrace neutral arbitration as part of a necessary due process in all cases. The players thank Judge Barbara Jones for her time and thoroughness in this matter.”

While the players had the opportunity to bargain collectively for changes to this system previously, it’s clear that it will be a big issue next time they negotiate, and they’ll use this as evidence that Goodell has too much power.

20 responses to “NFLPA hopes Rice decision helps “fix a broken process”

  1. You only way the process will be fixed is if you do everything you can to get the commissioner out of power. As long as he is there there is nothing you can do to help your players with the conduct policy.

  2. I hope Rice sues Goodell personally. And so does Adrian Peterson.

    Both of their penalties stem from Goodell trying to get back in the media’s good graces after the outrage of a 2 game suspension for Rice.

    If Goodell simply makes it a 4 game suspension in the first place, none of this ever happens.

    Now Goodell’s incompetence may lead to the union wanting to re-do the CBA. Maybe this time the players will look at more than the money, and also get rid of Thursday games.

  3. My reading comprehension is very good to excellent and the union just said “next time” needs to be right now. Just trying to help the author a little bit.

  4. “The players thank Judge Barbara Jones for her time and thoroughness in this matter.”

    Yeah, and if the judge ruled the other way, would you and the players still thank the judge for her time and thoroughness? What load of garbage.

  5. And now that the Rice case is settled, the NFL needs to do right and let AP play. If not, it means that a parent who went a bit far with discipline on his own child will end up with a stiffer punishment than a guy who blatantly belted his soon to be wife.

  6. I think most unions are a waste of money and time (if not mafioso crooks) but the NFLPA should have a neutral arbitrator on appeals… that’s simply rational.

    P.S. – Fire Goodell!

  7. randomcommenter says:
    Nov 28, 2014 4:56 PM
    I hope Rice sues Goodell personally. And so does Adrian Peterson.
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    Nothing like suing other people, because you are not man enough to face discipline, or be responsible for your own unacceptable actions.

  8. nyjetsfan08 says:
    Nov 28, 2014 5:00 PM
    “The players thank Judge Barbara Jones for her time and thoroughness in this matter.”

    Yeah, and if the judge ruled the other way, would you and the players still thank the judge for her time and thoroughness? What load of garbage.
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    Maybe not but in almost every case when the union has pushed for a neutral arbitrator… See bountygate……they have been able to over turn most if not all of Goodell’s ruling. Besides….this indefinite suspension so violated the CBA you didn’t have to be a legal scholar to see the outcome ahead of time. As long as the arbitrator hearing the appeal is truly neutral I think the league can live with it. Its when he/she is not that they have a problem as they should.

  9. The NFLPA must have forgot that they signed the current CBA that gives Goodell all the power.

  10. One down and one to go. Adrian Peterson and the NFLPA will use this decision as the springboard to getting Peterson reinstated. Ray Rice is still a scumbag but this case was about process and how the NFL lied. I hope this is one step closer to Goodell being fired. The day after Goodell is fired or resigns the NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith should do the same. Total incompetence on both sides is pretty apparent. Today was a great day for Ray Rice and the NFLPA.

  11. It is painfully obvious goodell has no idea what he’s doing and needs to vacate the position of commissioner immediately. The man is making 40+ million a year to fumble around and make crap up as he goes. He is completely incompetent and has shown he is incapable of making important judgement calls. Get him out now he is ruining the nfl

  12. Many people here very shortsighted. Goodell is the winner in this. He wanted the wife beater suspended for the season but the NFLPA had to fight it. Women I spoke to about this are disgusted that the NFL would reinstate him but their hands are now tied. This will be a PR win for Goodell and a PR debacle for the NFLPA.

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