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NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 8:31 am
In a briefing of NFL reporters at the owner's meetings in New Orleans on Monday a league official described the union's decertfication as a sham calling it a "fake suicide."

"The fake suicide was a fake," said the official.

The official wasn't trying to be offensive but he forgot a few things in making such an insensitive remark.

The official forgot that in February former Chicago player Dave Duerson committed suicide with a gunshot to the chest.

The official forgot that police suspect former Denver player Kenny McKinley of committing suicide.

He forgot about the suicide of Andre Waters, a former Philadelphia Eagles player.

Or how Hall of Fame center Mike Webster tried several times to kill himself before falling to a heart attack.

The official wasn't trying to be insensitive but it's another sign of how ugly the impasse is getting between players and owners. I heard a tape of the conversation and almost fell out of my chair.

Maybe we should all watch our language as this battle moves forward.

Category: NFL
Tags: Labor

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:03 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"


The decertification isn't reasonable or necessary.  And players aren't taking a stand for anyone, but themselves.  They're greedy; plain and simple.  So are the owners; plain and simple.  The big difference is the amount of money the owners pay out to keep the NFL running.  If you walked into any other company on the planet and demanded a higher share of the revenue because you think you deserve it for all your hard work as an employee, you'd be fired.

If the players want more of the revenue, they can start sharing in the operating costs.  The Cowboys' players can help Jerry pay for the new stadium and the Vikings' players can do the same.  The Redskins' players can start paying the medical staff, the PA personnel, the janitors and the secrataries who keep their organization running.  Yes, I know they won't and that's the point.

The players are employees who are spoiled and greedy.  They want more money because they believe they deserve it.  I think they need to earn it like the owners did.  Work your way up in the world until you have earned enough respect and money to buy a NFL franchise.  The going rate is somewhere near $500-600 million dollars.  Stake your entire life's earnings on that venture.  Then, I'd bet another $500-600 million dollars players would change their tune pretty quickly.

This is greed; plain and simple.

Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:20 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

This article makes me want to commit "real suicide."

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:49 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

While the "league official's" unprofessional taunt WAS in offensively bad taste, and Mr. Freeman's plea for civility from the owner's camp is laughable, the writer's take on the issue misses the point:

The NFLPA decertification is NOT a "sham"; it is a reasonable and necessary legal strategy that is provided for in the previous CBA. Going to court reopens debate about the unfair labor laws the owners (and all big businesses) have always exploited; either way, the owners still have to reach an agreement with the players. Most people don't see this as a federal labor issue (because the players make so much), and you can believe that the owners want to keep it that way. Brady, Manning and Brees, et. al., are taking a stand for those of us who will never be heard, and the owners' behavior is just another corprate smokescreen. When your grandchildren get screwed at work like most of today's workers, just realize that when it counted, watching football meant more to you than their rights as citizens.

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:58 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

Google just moved Mike Freeman to the bottom of it's list.....

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:36 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

there needs to be an unread button for articles like this

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:30 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

This just makes you wonder what the hell people are thinking before they open their mouths. And this guy is an NFL official?
He would be an Ex NFL official if I owned a team...PRONTO !

Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:17 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

Freeman get off your self righteous BS... it's a figure of speech, fools like you are why no one can say anything anymore. It's a good analogy for what the former "Players Union" is doing. The players union shouldn't even be a topic anymore they don't exist... they committed suicide.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:22 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

That hurts. I nearly fell out of my chair once and I find it offensive that Freeman figurativelynearly fell out of his. We won't even get into the tapes of conversations I have heard. I demand an apology and a cash settlement.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:38 am

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

Do these guys get paid to write this tripe?

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:17 pm

NFL official: union decert a "fake suicide"

Ok take a deep breath and think a little before your fingers start hitting the keyboard.  Does the term "sudden death". as in overtime offend all the NFL players who died last year? Does "time out" offend all the children who were disciplined last year. Does the infraction called "unsportsmanlike conduct" make all the players bad because they are sportsmen? Everyone, but you, knew what was meant by that term. Here is another term everyone, including your boss, will understand. Professional suicide. you just committed it!

This is so ridiculous... can't believe I'm even commenting on it.  Wow.   Next thing you know a player "shooting himself in the foot" will be an insult to the idiot in jail that shot himself in a bar.  LOL    "shotgun" should never be used again... plenty of people die from murders with shotguns.....
All of this in a league where a Steeler linebacker was quoted as saying he enjoys watching a man he hits knocked out on the field... gets him excited.. pumped....   a league where players threaten to kill each other in the heat of the moment....  try to "take a guys head off"..... 
This is really dumb...

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