League, union dispute whether NFLPA pressed for Josh Brown ruling

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One lingering question regarding the NFL’s badly unforced error in the Josh Brown case arises from the league’s decision to impose discipline on the Giants kicker before the authorities in King County, Washington concluded their investigation.

Making that question more legitimate is the fact that Brown was arrested in May 2015, and that Brown’s one-game suspension was finalized more than 14 months later. With the media nor the public aware of the arrest, no one was clamoring for a resolution of a coldish case that could have grown a little colder, with no one objecting.

Well, not no one, according to the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the league’s position on the matter, the league contends that it was receiving pressure from the NFL Players Association to finalize Brown’s case.

The NFLPA strongly disagrees with that characterization, according to a source with knowledge of the union’s approach to the case. Moreover, the NFLPA scoffs at the suggestion that pressure would have even mattered, given that the league has full control over the application of the Personal Conduct Policy, with unfettered ability to take as much time as the league believes it needs to take to reach a reliable, responsible, and complete decision.

In this case, the league waited 14 months to finalize the case. It could have waited another two months to obtain the final police report. It chose not to, opting for a half measure that has created a perception of gross incompetence at best and a bungled cover up at worst.

A true cover up would be incomprehensible in this case, given that it involved a kicker. But the perception exists, and the league’s efforts to control the damage have done little to alter that sense.

22 responses to “League, union dispute whether NFLPA pressed for Josh Brown ruling

  1. Classic. Instead of admitting their mistake, taking their medicine and legitimately trying to do better in the future, the League Office prefers to blame the players, the union, and even the fans. Truth, integrity and decency simply is not in them, despite what Rog Goodell, the owners and their PR goons would have you believe. Scum, every last one of them.

  2. Yeah, sounds legit. After all time and time again we have seen how concerned the NFL is with what the NFLPA thinks when it comes to personal conduct…or anything else for that matter.

  3. Well although I generally can’t stand the idea of WikiLeaks, I do think that eventually that is what is going to bring this house down. With the level of corruption involved in the NFL, it is impossible to keep this all quiet forever. Someone’s toes will be stepped on and that will do it. Couldn’t happen soon enough.

  4. I believe nflpa over NFL every time. NFL tried to steal 125 million from players, screw up discipline as a matter of that’s just what they do consistently and good ell is a proven liar in federal court.

  5. NFL is trying to cover themselves by turning it into a he said/she said (can we let Goodell be the ‘she’ in this one, just for fun even?) whether the union put pressure on them or not because maybe that would let them dilute or deflect the blame. What kills that argument though is how vigorously the NFL has stuck it up the NFLPA’s tail that the NFL holds every shred of the power on this stuff and the NFLPA cannot do anything about it. Since the NFL did indeed get those powers upheld in court even it’s clear there is no way the NFLPA could apply any sort of pressure here. This could only have been all you NFL.

  6. Nobody is buying the NFL explanation.
    Since when does the nfl care about the NFLPA when it comes to investigations and discipline?
    The nfl barely tried to learn the facts according to law enforcement and then erred on the side of she probably had it coming.

  7. So the NFL is trying to say they resolved Josh Brown’s case because the NFLPA was presurring them to?????

    LOL!!!!!! When was the last time the league EVER did something they didn’t want to because the NFLPA was presurring them?

    First the league tries to blame law enforcement and now it wants to blame the league….This is pitiful.

  8. No surprise Goodell is pointing fingers. But his buddy John Mara has more to answer for. Admitting that the Giants knew Brown’s history, even if they thought he was being rehabilitated, and still ignored the incident at the Pro Bowl THIS YEAR, which undid any progress toward change, was a cover up. And if Mara somehow kept this from the NFL (or worse, he didn’t) is impeding an investigation.

  9. The League closed the inquiry because of pressure from the NFLPA. That is the funniest excuse yet.

    I would also like to know if this case was even reviewed by the NFL’s new “conduct committee.” Who is making decisions in this office? And why are they so bad at their jobs?

  10. Exsqueeze me?

    Are we really at the point of having such little faith in the ownership and Commissioner of the NFL that we expect the NFLPA to push back and say “Roger are you crazy? That’s not enough!”

    Goodell did John Mara a favor just as he tried to do a favor to the Jets by framing Brady – don’t expect the players union to clamor for harsher penalties

    That’s what the NFL is in 2016

  11. Wow. I just realized another Sunday is nearly over and I haven’t watched one play of any game!! And I’m not missing it. I gave to say I’m a surprising myself. Cuban had it right and I never would have believed it. NFL is dying.

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