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DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:36 am
 
DeMaurice SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

For the most part, the players and the NFLPA remained unified during the offseason labor dispute, and though there were some outspoken comments here or there, union executive director DeMaurice Smith did a nice job of keeping the players together.

But since the new CBA was signed, some players have been upset at the way Smith handled the last-minute labor negotiations, especially because the union apparently signed off on allowing the NFL to potentially suspend eight players for their lockout transgressions. Even retired players have gotten into the act, suing the NFLPA and saying the then-decertified union was in no position to negotiate on their behalf.

Now, players are upset once again at the way the NFLPA is treating the rank and file members.

As Yahoo Sports’
Jason Cole reports, 10 players are facing fines and one player could be fined and suspended for testing positive for recreational drugs. The problem with that (aside from the obvious) is that according to Cole, Smith promised there would be a “grace period” for players after a new CBA was signed. That grace period was supposed to last 30 days when players wouldn’t be drug tested, but on Day 2 of the new CBA, officials began testing players.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, two of the players who tested positive are Redskins tight end Fred Davis and Redskins left tackle Trent Williams.

“I told De that this was a concern of a number of players after the lockout ended and he said, ‘I got you covered,’” one of the player reps told Cole. “I went back and told the players, ‘Look, whatever it is you’ve been doing, you need to stop and be ready, but that we would probably have a 30-day grace period before the league started testing.’

“Then we get to camp and [the league is] testing us on Day 2. Guys are looking at me like I don’t know what I’m talking about. It was embarrassing. I called the union and I was told there were a lot of things that fell through the cracks at the last minute.”

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah declined to comment on the report, but another player rep told Yahoo that players are wondering what else “had fallen through the cracks” and that they can’t get straight answers “on a lot of stuff.”

Smith, it seems like, has been silent on some of these and other issues, and it might be time for him to speak to his players and try to assuage their fears. In other news, 10 years of labor peace is awesome.

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goodniteok
Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:49 pm
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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:05 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Yeah, no sh*t. Look at my last post. There are too many damn player union reps to keep track of!



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:40 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Uh, aren't some union members considering decertification? Not that the bulk of this is Smith's fault but there is still no labor deal and the union is at odds with itself. That doesn't sound like too nice a job,

You do realize that this story is in the "Eye on FOOTBALL" section of the site, correct?  And that Smith is the head of the NFL union which already has a labor agreement with the NFL?



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:35 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Whoops... I thought this was about the NBA. I always get D. Smith and Billy hunter confused. Nice job then, DeMaurice, I guess.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:32 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

union executive director DeMaurice Smith did a nice job of keeping the players together
Uh, aren't some union members considering decertification? Not that the bulk of this is Smith's fault but there is still no labor deal and the union is at odds with itself. That doesn't sound like too nice a job,

Also, nice post, tafkapao.




Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:24 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Argument about drug legality aside (im sure "recreational" smoking will be legal soon enough), this isnt just against league policy, getting caught in real life is a criminal offense.  Until we cross the threshold of voting for it to be legal, this is in fact not a smart thing to be doing as a "celebrity" who is subjected to pop drug screenings.  When these stories come out in the media, it is only a matter of time before the police start getting interested in what they are doing. 

And, on a side note.....

As someone who has to maintain nearly perfect health, why would you put smoke in your lungs.......hmmm, I have an idea lets burn the tissue on the inside of my most important asset as a professional athlete, the very thing that delivers oxygen to all of my muscles.

Idiots.



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:47 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Dear Common Sense:

What on earth is the point of dedicating your life to a high-income, pain-inducing, celebrity-driven profession, if you can't toke up and chill once in a while?

Love,
Real Life



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:50 am
 

DeMaurice Smith, players not on same page

Dear players:

Stop smoking weed or choose a career that A) doesn't drug test and B) doesn't have extremely high demands on your cardiovascular activity.

Love,
Common Sense


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