Earlier today we told you about the letter commissioner Roger Goodell sent to the players, asking them to convince their “union” to return to the negotiating table while laying out the owners’ final proposal before the NFLPA decertified.
I imagine the purpose of the letter was an attempt to create some dissension within the player ranks – a move that probably won’t work.
Besides, the story tonight from Foxsports.com’s Alex Marvez probably will do a really good job of uniting the players.
According to Marvez, the NFL will enforce its personal conduct policy even during the lockout. Which seems a little bit unfair, yeah? Considering, you know, the owners have barred the players from working out and rehabbing at their facilities.
"While players won't be able to get the benefit of our evaluation and counseling program during the work stoppage, the personal conduct of players and employees is an integrity-of-the-game issue," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an e-mail to Marvez. "Any misconduct that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL will certainly be addressed when play resumes."
Already, this offseason, Vikings CB Chris Cook was charged with brandishing a firearm during an alleged argument with a neighbor, and on this very day, former Raiders OT Mario Henderson was arrested on a gun charge.
And the NFLPA’s response: "The best amendment the NFL and the owners can make to any policy at this point is to end the lockout,” said spokesman George Atallah.
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