NFLPA investigating league’s handling of Khiry Robinson interview

AP

At a time when the relationship between the NFL and the NFL Players Association has become as frosty as it’s been since the lockout, it could be getting even frostier.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA is investigating the league’s handling of a Personal Conduct Policy interview with Saints running back Khiry Robinson following an off-field incident during training camp in West Virginia.

Robinson had been fined by the team following an altercation with an intern. The Saints then reported the incident to the league, as required by the Personal Conduct Policy. The league then commenced an investigation.

But the league interviewed Robinson without a union representative present. The union now will explore how and why that happened.

The interview occurred again the next day, with a union rep present. But the first interview without union representation should not have occurred, and the NFL knows that such interviews without representation never should happen.

Robinson was not arrested or charged for the incident, which arose from a dispute regarding the agreed fee to be paid by Robinson and another player to the intern for driving them from The Greenbrier to a local store so that they could get their phones fixed. The other player paid the fee; Robinson apparently declined because his phone wasn’t actually fixed. (The logic is unassailable.)

The argument over whether Robinson should still pay the amount ended with Robinson striking the intern in the head, which was followed by the Saints fining Robinson and reporting the incident to the league.

40 responses to “NFLPA investigating league’s handling of Khiry Robinson interview

  1. Probably all over $50 or something stupid like that. When will these guys learn not to risk thousands or even millions of career earnings worrying about chump change.

  2. So given his logic that means if Khiry Robinson doesn’t carry the ball in a game then the Saints don’t have to pay him.

  3. At this point, it seems the NFL just ignores the CBA and does what it wants. I’m not sure that they even thought the CBA also applied to them and they have to follow it too.

  4. You’d think the whole Junior Galette thing would have taught guys like Khiry and Cam Jordan that Sean Payton doesn’t have much tolerance for being a knucklehead.

  5. The silver lining to the brady situation is that eyes are opening all around to how the leauge office is run. I think back on every incident in recent years and wonder what the true story really was

  6. So everyone wants to blame the nfl for this and not blame the player for being a tool? Would his story have changed with a rep there? I’m sick of the nflpa. They don’t want the truth. They just want to fight.

  7. in a lot of union cases you have the right to ask for a union rep. however, you would be surprised how many union workers dont ask for it. if they dont ask, management doesnt have to provide it.
    would like to know the language in the cba concerning interviews that could lead to discipline

  8. The taxi takes me to the bar all the time but I never get laid. I don’t go and ask for my money back….although I probably should

  9. picksixx says:

    The taxi takes me to the bar all the time but I never get laid. I don’t go and ask for my money back….although I probably should
    ______________

    At the very least you should, more probably than not, be asking the driver to take you to a different bar

  10. nels1959 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 4:04 PM
    So everyone wants to blame the nfl for this and not blame the player for being a tool? Would his story have changed with a rep there? I’m sick of the nflpa. They don’t want the truth. They just want to fight.
    ———-
    So the NFL repeatedly violates the CBA and you’re sick of the NFLPA??? Why even have a CBA then? Oh I get it the only group that has to abide by the CBA in your eyes are the players and NFLPA. The NFL and owners sign it but don’t have to follow it.

  11. Can someone explain why Robinsonis not being suspended or charged with a crime?

    The incident between Geno Smith and Ik Enemkpali was awful. But this is between a saints player and a team intern. Whether the intern was seriously hurt or not…this sounds much much worse. And has gotten no publicity.

  12. Someone at the NFL has clearly, as a strategy (obviously 100% related to public opinion) decided that the owners benefit from poor player behavior and it’s repercussions on public opinion of the players as a unit. The owners cannot be trusted, the financial rewards of players should go directly to the players with full knowledge of what they are getting into. Otherwise the game does not survive CTE. The only negotiation between the players association and the franchise owners should be how much for the team names and temporary stadium rental?

    The intellectual property of the NFL is nothing more than a collection of the best players and coaches. Let the players and coaches own it all. They love the game, and competition will be even better.

    #savethegame #ditchtheowners

  13. Social Media and the fact that something like a Twitter account can reach millions of people gives players a massive leg up that they have never had in the past with regards to creating their own league.

    Just like Uber, NFL players can organize social media and leverage technology to fundamentally change a business. The games can be streamed and even priced individually.

    Everything is changing, we don’t need the owners! Save pro football!

  14. I don’t understand. Was Khiry paying the intern for a ride to the phone store or was he paying him to actually fix the phone?

  15. ranlgon says:
    Sep 12, 2015 3:25 PM

    At this point, it seems the NFL just ignores the CBA and does what it wants. I’m not sure that they even thought the CBA also applied to them and they have to follow it too.
    —-
    Funny, that is pretty much what the Judge in Minnesotatold Goodell a few weeks ago.

  16. Weak management lends itself to strong unions. If the owners know whats good for them then its time to clean house. Goodell Vincent Kensil Pash all need to go.

  17. This incident is like being arrested without being read your miranda rights or have a lawyer present when being questioned. NFL management team is out of control.

  18. If Robinson was asked if he wanted union representation and he declined — which is his right — then there’s no story here.

    I was a member of the IBEW for almost 40 years. We had a union rep — who also happened to be the VP of the union –and if you needed a union rep to go in with you concerning a meeting with the bosses, you’d rather go it alone than take him with you.

  19. Like Judge Berman & Judge Doty said, Goodell doesnt know there is a CBA and Goodell & NFL dole out their brand of industrial justice.

    Now not saying the player wasnt a knucklehead, but if the NFL makes the NFLPA follow the CBA, then they need to follow it unlike how they have ignored it blatantly recently

  20. Patriots fan who learned a lot in the last eight months: unless the NFL has actual evidence about this that would stand up in an actual American judicial proceeding: shut up and go away. I

  21. This belongs in the “imma gets mines” category. Stupid meets even more stupid, the only way some think to solve it, throw blows!!!! What a turd!!!

  22. The next time he needs a ride they should have IK drive him….bet he pays the fee….he sounds like a guy who would get along with McCoy real well…stiff the help….

  23. whenwilliteverend says:
    Sep 12, 2015 3:24 PM
    So given his logic that means if Khiry Robinson doesn’t carry the ball in a game then the Saints don’t have to pay him.

    -No, I would assume it means if the team loses, they don’t have to pay for his transportation to and from the game.

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