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Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 5:38 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Clark (US Presswire)
Adrian Peterson had some very harsh words about NFL owners on Tuesday, but Ryan Clark may have done him one better. The Steelers safety (and respected player rep) recently spoke with KDKA-FM.
Steelers Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder passed along some of the quotes.
In the interview, Clark took a shot at hereditary owners, including his own. “The difference between us and the owners is, my daddy didn’t give me this job. . . . When I leave this game, I can’t give my jersey to [son] Jordan and tell him to play,” he said. “There are going to be [the Giants’] Maras and Rooneys and all these guys forever who own these teams.”

He reiterated that the CBA is all about money. “We’re not going to play 18 games. That’s not even part of why we don’t have a CBA. You know if they get that money, they don’t care if we play 14 games. That CBA is not getting done because of the money.”

As for what he
NFL Labor
thinks about NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash and the league’s proposal on Friday? “There were a lot of things that were brought to us ... it was just insane for us to think about taking. Pash actually just got on TV and lied [about financial statements and proposals]. I think it was extremely clever word play by an obviously deceitful man.”

Clark said he wanted to apologize to fans but couldn’t because the players were never even presented with a reasonable deal. “If there’s a way we can play football and not be a victim of robbery, we’ll be out there,” he said. “But we can’t make the owners come to us and give us a fair deal. It’s something that has to be negotiated; it’s going to take some time.”

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Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

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Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

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Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:23 pm

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In the Mendenhall slave-smack forum, gdtann1 compared the NFL draft to having slaves on stage being auctioned off.

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Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:49 pm

Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

Bottom line is the courts and the US Government say the NFL is a monopoly, that's why they have given them an Anti-Trust EXEMPTION!

As recently as a 2010 Supreme Court ruling in,  "American Needle Inc. v. NFL" it was established that the NFL as is a "cartel" of 32 independent businesses subject to antitrust law, not a single entity. This was a 9-0 RULING!

The owners are creating a bigger mess for themselves because a Congressional Judiciary Committee is now looking into overturning the exemption. Then they can wave bye-bye to their ability to negotiate as one entity. Boo-hoo for the owners, these mean players want to take away their inherited fortunes!

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:09 pm

Ryan Clark goes to town on owners


So getting 60% of the revenues isn't enough?  That's not fair pay for the players?  You sound like an educated person, how many businesses do you think could function paying their employees 60% of the revenues?

The bottom line is that the owners are in this to make money.  If the players were paid at a rate where they were living paycheck to paycheck I would be VERY concerned.  But as it is, the players are compensated very well!  I have no pity for people that are whining about making millions and millions of dollars every year!  It is their choice, if they don't like it, go work at Applebees! 

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:30 pm

Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

Pro football can remain on strike and both Billionaires and Millionaires can sweat like the rest of us.  In a couple of years the league can reform for all I care.  They can do nothing, but I'll be watching college football, just like always. 

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:10 pm

Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

you're right, you can't give your jersey to your son and have him play.  What you can do is save some of the 10's of millions of dollars you are going to make in your career.  Put that money towards your son's education and then he can do the same for his children and so on and so on.  That's how the Maras and Rooneys did it.  Maybe the current generation didn't work as hard as the previous, but I guarentee somewhere down the line someone worked hard and made good financials choices.  That's how they got to where they are.

I'm tired of these jackasses (Drew Brees) saying that this is all for the fans, we're doing all we can for the game, for the fans.  B.S.!!!  This is Boardwalk vs. Parkplace.  Rich a-hole owner against spoiled athletes.  I haven't heard any practice squad players pipe up.  The guy that gets the league minimum to suit up 4 days a week for 12 years and never see field on Sunday.  That guy appreciates the cards he's been dealt and thanks God for his chance to play a game for a living.  "This is modern day slavery, we're nothing but their slaves," LIke I've read in multiple posts...then sign me up, I'm in.  Work as an NFL "Slave" for 10 or 12 years then retire.  Be smart with my millions and my family is set.

How about the local bars, restaurants, hotels, team vendors, and all the other local people that have a job because of gameday?  People that make minimum wage to sell sh!t that has your name on it so you can make a coulpe more bucks (NFL, Reebok, the players), the people that sell us our over priced beers and hotdogs on gameday.  The impact on local economy due to empty stadiums will be huge.  Apologize to those people, not me, not the fan, I can change the channel.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:51 pm

Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

Yea its about money....I wonder if he can count it himself or if he has to have someone do it for him.  Always the owners fault.  If you don't like your job, get another one

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:34 pm

Ryan Clark goes to town on owners

Its actually kind of funny, cause all my employer has to do is say our insurance premiums have gone up so you will have to pay more! I dont get to see the books I just pay more each month.

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