DeMaurice Smith is ready for war. NFLPA vowes to fight Bounty Gate punishments
Settle in folks this is about to be a really ugly ride. The NFLPA has decided to go to war with the league over their suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita.
“After seeing the NFL’s decision letters, the NFLPA has still not received any detailed or specific evidence from the league of these specific players’ involvement in an alleged pay-to-injure program. We have made it clear that punishment without evidence is not fair. We have spoken with our players and their representatives and we will vigorously protect and pursue all options on their behalf.”
This was signed DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association Executive Director
Now, if you can flash back to last year’s CBA nightmare, you will recall Mr. Smith is/was the gentleman who at times“ appeared” to stand in the way of progress during those negotiations.
He came across as a grandstander that basked in the attention of the moment and now he has another cause he can sink his teeth into.
99.9% of the time I side with NFLPA. This is that one time where I can’t. This is that occasion when the cold hard facts of the matter override all.
In a way, I suppose you could say I’m still siding with the players.
When you’re wrong, you’re wrong and Mr. Smith’s crusade for a loop hole demeans the group as a whole.
Gentlemen, let’s keep it above board. The evidence is in the multitude of statements that have been presented by the players themselves.
These go beyond the sour grapes of the alleged prime targets. These are the men that suit up and go to war with and against these players and more than a few of them have said their peace.
Mr. Smith does their testimony not count as “detailed and specific evidence?”
You see, this is an internal matter for the players and by the players. This is not the situation to get your Johnny Cochran on and fight for a way to get around what’s right.
What is actually at stake here? None of these players are going to miss a meal because of this. If so, it’s their own fault.
Is this Smith’s way of reminding the league that the NFLPA will fight them at every turn over anything? Is it a power play to prove once and for all who holds the sword over the mighty shield?
This is not about the protection of rights. This is about the balance of power.
Wisdom will sacrificed for a chance at victory here and the fans will be subjected to the entire bloody affair.