There's no shortage of vitriol coming from the NFL and the NFLPA during the current lockout. That's what happens whenever two sides are embroiled in a bitter legal battle that centers around the public's interests.
But DeMaurice Smith's comments to WFAN's Boomer and Carton on Friday morning add a whole new level of spiciness to the public chatter going on.
“The players understand the fight that they’re in,” said Smith. “Right now they don’t want to lay down and be forced to take a deal. They don’t believe that it’s fair.
"I can tell you that they resent being lied to. They resent being tricked. They resent the fact that the league has been found now twice to have violated the law. So those are the people that we’re inextricably tied to.”
Yeah, that's pretty aggressive, but Smith, if you believe that the NFL purposely attempted to save up a "lockout fund" vis-a-vis television negotiations, has a point.
It's also important to note that the players -- again, if you believe what Smith says -- are as unified as they've been in the history of labor negotiations.
And that's unbelievably important when it comes to the future of football. After all, if players started caving left and right once game checks go missing, they don't stand a prayer of "winning" the labor battle. If they truly are unified to the point that they refuse to give in to the owners until they get what they deem a fair deal, we may not be seeing the end of the labor situation for some time.
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