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Players write letter to Goodell

Posted on: March 18, 2011 7:59 pm

Jay Feely echoed the sentiment of many other players who read the letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell to them.

"He intended to divide the players," Feely, a team representative in the former union, told, "and instead it rallied us."

Feely also explained to the trade association has done more than privately gripe about Goodell's letter. They've responded in several tangible ways.

First, Feely explained, most of the team representatives have penned a letter to each player on their team, debunking each of Goodell's points line by line. Other players like Jeff Saturday, among many others, sent such letters to their respective teams. Feely sent his letter to the Arizona players early Friday morning.

"The great thing about technology is that we can get a response out to the players quickly," Feely said. "We don't want them to read misinformation. We want them to know the truth."

Second, the trade association is sending a formal response to Goodell's letter directly to Goodell. It should be sent to him soon, maybe as early as Friday night.

In Feely's letter, he countered each of Goodell's points. Some examples include:

Goodell said he was offering player medical coverage post-retirement for life. Feely said that was true but for one huge exception. If a player took an outside job, or for some reason had a break in coverage, then the coverage stopped.

Goodell also discussed in his letter a $1 million injury guarantee for a player's second year. That's true, too, Feely stated, except that in the owner's proposal the $1 million was deducted from workman's compensation claims so, in effect, players would lose money.

"A lot of what Goodell said sounded good," Feely explained, "but it just wasn't true. He wrote that letter for the fans to sway them and divide us but a lot of the letter was simply false. That's why we prepared our own responses to counter his."

"If Roger wants to really get talking again," Feely said, "don't put out inflammatory letters containing half truths."

Feely also offered some never before discussed insight into why the negotiations broke down and why the players have such distrust now for the owners.

Feely explained that at the bottom of the owner's proposal was a disclaimer that stated owners reserved the right to alter or change the proposal at any time.

This caused the players (understandably) to feel like the proposal wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. During mediation sessions, Feely said, both sides would make progress, then league lawyers would say at the end of the bargaining sessions that none of the verbal agreements were binding.

Then, the next morning, the league would act like no progress had been made and the talks would start almost at the beginning.

When I asked Feely if he believes does Goodell and the owners think the players can be easily fooled, Feely replied, "There are times when I think Roger believes we're not all that smart. He has to know by now that notion isn't true."

Category: NFL
Tags: Labor

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 12:00 pm

The Truth Behind the Big Words ...

There is of course the confusion that surrounded Rashard Mendenhall when he originally mentioned "big words" and how no one would understand them. You see, he was conflicted because he couldn't remember if they were big words because they represented a lot of money ... or if they were big words because they were in all capitals. So, he is in essence pleading ignorance himself.

He will no doubt be following this up with the excuse that his apparent lack of an education stems from the slave-like education he received at midwestern academic plantation known as Illinois You.

YASTY! (Yo, Adrian! Shuck That Yoke!) 

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:51 am

Mendenhall's "Big Words" Discovered! ...

Hey! ... At long last, I found the "big words" that Rashard Mendenhall was referring to ... but wouldn't disclose when he had Adrian "Mandingo" Peterson's back on the Modern-Day Slavery Front. This was in the players' response to Goodell's letter:

"According to the players, "Your proposal would have resulted in a league-wide giveback by the players of 576M in 2011 increasing to 1.2 BILLION in 2014, for a total of more than 3.6 BILLION for just the first four years. Even if revenues increased at a slower rate of only 5%, the players would still have lost over 2 BILLION over the next four years."

See the big word? It's in all caps ... "BILLION" ... so "Big Words" Mendenhall won't miss it. You see, big words for Mendenhall are all about money, because that's all that matters. Except it will be loose change Big Words is dealing with in his next place of employment, as he opens the window to say ...

"Was that a value meal or do you just want the sandwich?"

"Yo, Adrian! Shuck that yoke!"

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:09 pm

Players write letter to Goodell

i am all for it dont watch the nfl channel let them see there ratings drop first that will tell them we mean business. BOYCOT THE NFL

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2011 12:43 pm

Players write letter to Goodell

Another bunch of union thugs being heard from.  What AP said about the way they are treated is akin to slavery is so disrespectful it is immoral.  Slaves were never treated as well.  You didn't see slaves living in mansions.  They were lucky to get a decent meal and they were whipped if the taskmaster thought they were slacking.  Show us your lashes AP.  I'm sick of listening to crybaby millionaires squabbly when most of us are making financial sacrifices.  Go ahead and kill the game by acting like babies.  A walkout in times like these could be a real fan killer.  Why should people support a game where most everyone makes more than the majority of those that watch the game.  Go ahead whiners.  Kill the season, kill the game.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2011 12:39 pm

Players write letter to Goodell

Are the white players in the nfl considered slaves also?

 Too many Americans only see slavery as what happened to blacks. However, in Ancient Greece and Rome at times up to 25% of the population were slaves. Overwhelmingly, they were white denizens of those civilizations. Who do you think were the gladiators? If they really wanted an equation to slavery, that point would actually have some historical merit. However, these atheltes know so little, how could they ever know enough to make an apt comparison?

Whenever a side has no argument, they use race or bring in the Nazi references. Whenever that happens, they need to be called out and ridiculed for their ignorance.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2011 12:10 pm

Players write letter to Goodell

Everytime a player opens his mouth, he shows his ignorance and illustrates why the college game doesn't produce student-athletes, but ignorant, easily manipulated drones. These guys listen to the union(er, former union, wink-wink) "leadership" and repeat word-for-word what they say. Like Freeman, they're the masters of plagiarism.

One player disrespects the commissioner like he's a former teammate. Another "genius" equates their position to slavery(a William Rhoden tactic of stupidity). Now, it's they're trying to divide us. Divide whom? You're not even a union anymore, remember? Maybe the judge should look at their decertification status and see what it truly is and that is a ruse. Then perhaps she/he should force them to go back and work it out and put restrictions on filing for decertification in the future. It's simply infantile, when they don't get their way, they simply disband, sue, then re-emerge. Other REAL unions hardly if ever pull this tactic.

I'm part of a union and we haven't had a contract in 2 years. Despite that, we still do our jobs and have our actions. We use the negotiating process to the fullest and never sink to the depths of the NFLPA. I find their position and methods infantile and a disgrace to the union movement. They make all unions look bad and in this climate, that's only making it worse. Maybe the NFLPA should pay attention to what is going on in Wisconsin, Ohio, NJ and other states where workers are fighting for their rights to negotiate. These cretins gave it up to sue.

The players are spoiled multimillionaires. They're doing something few though imaginable. They're making pampered billionaires look righteous. Goodell is turning the tide in the owners favor just by getting the players to talk. Great tactic. Out of the mouths of babes.
A baby's most famous response is what where are hearing loudest. Waaaah.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:19 am

Players write letter to Goodell

I love how all these pro player/nflpa posters say the players make the league but forget about those same players when they join other leagues like the cfl. 

I would also like to point out the fact that the price of everything is on the rise.  From the price of gas to get players or products to games to the laundry costs.  So as an owner I sure wouldnt be interested in making less money in the next three years as i did in the previous three.  There for as an owner I am either going to re-do the current contract or be forced to raise ticket prices. 

I ask this.  Can someone tell me one problem they have in what the nfl and its owners are offering to the players? 

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:15 am

Players write letter to Goodell

Are the white players in the nfl considered slaves also?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:03 am

Players write letter to Goodell

Yes it is Unions doing what they do best,  the very same strategy that made car companies get choked with overhead and tank.  The owners gave a proposal to meet the players half way, and it's not good enough?    I'll say it again,  Who needs who more, owners or players?  Who is going to go broke first?   Answer is simple: PLAYERS. 

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:12 am


You mean the same labor equity that has people putting door handles on car doors in factories for $60,000?  Is that the labor equity you are refering to?  Companies taking care of people from the cradle to the grave no matter what?  Is that the labor equity you are refering to?  The same person who put the handles on doors that now mops floors at the same plant to prolong their service?  Would that be the same equity?

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