NFLPA president says NFL “cannot be trusted to do the right thing” regarding players

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The NFL currently is on the ropes after a the release of a Congressional report concluding that the league tried to exert undue influence over a National Institutes of Health study regarding concussions. And the NFL Players Association is trying to punch the league through.

“This is why the NFLPA refused to be a part of any study with the NFL,” NFLPA president and Bengals offensive lineman Eric Winston said on Twitter. “They cannot be trusted to do the right thing when it involves players.”

Separately, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said via Twitter that “this is another example of a league that is out of control.”

The strong reaction of the NFLPA is stunning but not surprising. The union has faced fights at every turn with the league office over the past few years, with trust between the two sides consistently eroding. Earlier this year, a largely-overlooked arbitration ruling concluded that the NFL diverted money that should have been included within the salary-cap calculations into a made-up category of exemptions for stadium renovations. Some with the union regarded the development as the NFL stealing money from the players.

It’s all pointing to potentially acrimonious labor negotiations in five years, with the NFLPA and the rank and file perhaps more willing to miss game checks than it was in 2011.

47 responses to “NFLPA president says NFL “cannot be trusted to do the right thing” regarding players

  1. There is far too much transparency these days, you can’t be getting away with this kind of **** anymore.

  2. NFLPA president says NFL “cannot be trusted to do the right thing” regarding players

    No crap. That’s literally the reason you have a job…

  3. We are headed for a lockout. I’ll be shocked if we don’t. Because at this point, there’s no way this relationship can be salvaged. I’m sure NFL would try to do what MLB did w/ “replacement players” after the ’94 strike, but NFL has far less credibility now than MLB did back then, and unlike MLB, NFL’s credibility is still declining consistently.

    I’m so done with NFL’s garbage that if a lockout happened, I’d totally root for the players. Beyond them getting screwed over by a corrupt industry, the NFL wants to be a 365-day a year spectacle and frankly I’m oversaturated as it is

  4. The league has been out of control since Goodell became Commissioner.

    The guy has a small man complex the size of Texas.

  5. “NFLPA president says NFL ‘cannot be trusted to do the right thing’ regarding players”

    The same goes for the NFLPA. They’ll continue to push for no punishment even when a punishment is completely necessary.

  6. The league has been out of control since Goodell became Commissioner.

    The guy has a small man complex the size of Texas.

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    Its almost like he is some sort of lightning-rod a group of billionaires hired to take all the criticism and hatred for their policies.

    Almost.

  7. After witnessing the smear campaign that became deflategate it was never a question of IF the NFL would be behind another unethical ploy to gain advantage – only question was WHEN and WHO the next victim would be.
    Well now we have the answer….Deflategate still rolling and the new victim is ALL PLAYERS.

    But before you point at Goodell his staff, remember they are there to carry out the wishes of greedy self serving owners in their ongoing conflict with the Union and Labor. They are paying him to take the hits in the media.

  8. I’m generally on the side of the owners, but Winston is right. It’s been one screw up after the other. Unfortunately, it’s the players vision of dollar signs that they’re in this mess.

  9. .
    It seems almost unfathomable that during a time of record profits for both the league and players, that Goodell would intentionally foment labor unrest. Who is winning from these skirmishes? I would expect a seriously long lockout when the current contract expires. It all seems so unnecessary.
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  10. At every turn of Goodell’s time as Commish, it has been shown he is an inept, foolish, liar. Oh, except for that deflated footballs thing, apparently some morons still believe that case was the first and only time the Commish got it all correct with the utmost integrity… LMFAO

    Funneling money to phony accounts, making up punishments as he sees fit, giving preferential treatment to the Jets, lying to judges, lying in his appeals decisions, leaking manufactured/false information to the media. It really is comical that ANYONE could believe anything that Goodell says, but when it comes to Brady, the NFL is honest Abe…

  11. kcchefs58 says:
    May 23, 2016 2:02 PM

    “NFLPA president says NFL ‘cannot be trusted to do the right thing’ regarding players”

    The same goes for the NFLPA. They’ll continue to push for no punishment even when a punishment is completely necessary.

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    Not true. They just want to ensure that when punishment is warranted the terms aren’t decided by one man (or his subordinates) and that ifappeals are filed they are heard by a third party. That’s all.

  12. Why wait for the next CBA? THE players could and maybe should strike now. The league IS out of control and needs to be reigned in. Only the lack of money via lack of product will do that.

  13. Here is the sad part with NFL football….the owners/commissioner have known for a long time this isn’t a good issue, they did everything to cover it up, now are looking at an exit strategy. Somebody has a big wall filled timeline as to best extract money from fans up to 20 years out….we as fans just go year to year, watching the sport slowly turn to flag football before it eventually is no longer the same…

  14. It seems incredible that the owners will let the inept administration of Roger Goodell continue into new CBA negotiations so it is likely that he will be the scapegoat for all the NFL missteps at some point – for me the question is not if but when. Unfortunately as Deflategate enters yet another off season news cycle, the NFL gets paid for patriotism, the NFL is caught defrauding the players and with congressional accusations of impropriety dogging the NFL it appears Goodell will survive another year. I wonder if the owners have any ethics besides “more” or realize the anger that fans have for the “Shield”.

  15. Yes, the owners have created a League in which players who might normally be working anything from minimum wage to $50, 000 a year can suddenly make millions for playing a game. They will all make a League minimum of $450,000 in 2016.

    They work 9 months a year.

    It is a dangerous job, but one they play willingly and knowingly.

    It is a job they play on the average for 3.3 years and then they go on to the rest of their lives, often for which by their own choice, they are totally unprepared. The League provides symposiums and teams provide education on money management and dealing with the NFL.

    They go onto the rest of their lives having made a league minimum of $450,000 a year for those 3.3 years. They should put some of that money away to tide them over for a couple of years while they search for something else but often don’t.

    Yes, the owners are truly garbage to have facilitated this kind of lifestyle for these players.

  16. The NFL stole $120M from the NFLPA, and then tried to influence concussion research. Any neanderthal can see that these actions violate the spirit and intent of the CBA. Clearly Goodell has people on staff attempting to exploit every interprettable ambiguity in the CBA in favor of the NFL. The second circuit was lazy in it’s evaluation of the NFL activities, which will create more conflict not less.

  17. “Some with the union regarded the development as the NFL stealing money from the players.”

    It’s not just some with the union that think that. I can not understand how that went away so quietly.

  18. The NFL can be trusted to care about the players in the same way a hammer can be said to trust caring about a nail.

    In almost any other business attempting to defraud a ‘partner’ of their share of over $110M in revenue under the guise of a nonexistent ‘accounting procedure’ would have gotten someone fired and most likely prosecuted. They have a word for that type of ‘accounting’, it’s called embezzlement. Yet in the world of 345 Park Ave no one has even been forced to make a public apology and the arbitration hearing barely caused a ripple while it was going on.

  19. tomsetter123 says:
    May 23, 2016 2:08 PM
    But before you point at Goodell his staff, remember they are there to carry out the wishes of greedy self serving owners in their ongoing conflict with the Union and Labor.
    _______________

    I doubt anyone is not mindful that the owners are the power behind the throne and holding them blameless. Before you let Goodell and his staff off the hook it also pays to remember that it has been pretty well established in the western world that “I was just following orders” is not an acceptable defense for unethical, immoral or illegal behavior.

  20. “Earlier this year, a largely-overlooked arbitration ruling concluded that the NFL diverted money that should have been included within the salary-cap calculations into a made-up category of exemptions for stadium renovations. Some with the union regarded the development as the NFL stealing money from the players”
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    well, I for one, consider this important and newsworthy. Much more so than bathrooms and mascots but hey I guess I’m just a big heartless unfeeling jerk.

  21. “They cannot be trusted to do the right thing when it involves players.”

    And the sun rises in the east.

  22. Goodell has a little man complex? The guy is 6 ft tall. He has a lot of issues, but a Napoleon complex is not one.

  23. Based on how they are attempting to frame Brady with made-up, egregious charges, they absolutely should not be trusted, starting with Goodell, Pash, Kensil and Vincent.

  24. Of course it’s true that Goodell does the owner’s bidding. But the part that is totally crazy is how TERRIBLE he is at it. Imagine even a halfway intelligent person doing Goodell’s job. It should be relatively easy to steer debate, garner some favors, etc. Every major company does that and they rarely get caught outright with their fingerprints on stuff. But Rog can’t go 10 minutes without getting caught red-handed and looking the fool.

  25. liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    May 23, 2016 2:13 PM

    Not true. They just want to ensure that when punishment is warranted the terms aren’t decided by one man (or his subordinates) and that ifappeals are filed they are heard by a third party. That’s all.

    Except when they had the chance to ensure this during the last CBA negotiations – they didn’t. Which is EXACTLY why Brady’s appeal was denied. The CBA allows Goodell to do what he did. Sole judge/jury etc.

    So yeah – the NFLPA wasn’t looking after its player’s best interests.

  26. Watched “Concussion” for the first time last night and found it very thought provoking. I have no doubt that the NFL has no concern for the players. Sad to say that the government did not either as they tried to silence the report thru threats and intimidation.
    Hope these players get everything they can!!!

  27. Well DeMo, I guess your members could opt to find a real job rather than playing this horrible game.

    PS: I no longer want fries with that.

  28. Here’s the thing: Both the NFL AND the players have known since the inception that this is a violent game that carries with it risk of permanent disability. Both know there are risks and, make no mistake, both are in it for the money – especially since the advent of free agency.

    The players are as greedy as the NFL is. It’s a simple as that. And, they cover up their own injuries all the time; that is well documented and quoted. Concussions, CTE, or any lingering effect is the last thing on their minds when they’re signing those contracts. And only a few in recent years have chosen to walk away from the game based on the knowledge that’s out there now (Chris Boreland comes to mind).

    Should the players be compensated for injury? – YES. But no one should be naive enough to believe they are not equally responsible – if not more so – for their own well being. No one is forcing them to sign a contract or show up to get hit repeatedly day after day, and year after year. It is THEIR choice.

  29. Here’s how the labor negotiations will go. Owners say jump, players say how high. It’s been this way for 30 years. The NFL will just lock them out for a year if worse comes to worse. The owners can afford an extended labor stoppage. The players cant. It’s just that simple.

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    May 23, 2016 2:54 PM

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

    Rich people can’t get convicted in this country. Arresting and putting them on trial is mostly a fantasy as well.

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