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NFL looking into allegations

Posted on: May 9, 2011 6:06 pm
The NFL said it is "taking seriously" allegations that there's been contact between assistant coaches and players during the lockout and will launch an inquiry to determine if there has been wrongdoing.

So far, a league spokesman said, there have been unsubstantiated charges of contact between coaches and players, but that there are charges at all piques the NFL's interest. The NFL also has not found evidence of wrongdoing, but its investigation just began.

"We will look into any allegations and follow up on them," said Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations.

Contact involving coaches and players is forbidden under terms of the lockout. The NFL earlier this year fined the Miami Dolphins and afour other teams for illegal post-season contact with players -- but contact that preceded the March 11 lockout. it is unclear how the league will determine if teams are guilty of breaking lockout rules, but what is clear is that the NFL takes the charges seriously -- as it should.

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Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:15 pm

NFL looking into allegations

as a work comp person ,I can tell you if a coach ask them to do something in his conversation and a player got hurt doing so the team would be liable

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:24 pm

NFL looking into allegations

Sillyfan--You went to scab games?  Why?  That was pretty much choosing sides, since attending those games helped ownership more than it did the players, obviously.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 5:36 pm

NFL looking into allegations

So in other words, no one really knows why the coaches cannot talk to their players.  Speculation is nice, but it means little.  If the league is saying that you cannot even have a phone conversation, then it is clear that the owners are not at all concerned about the product on the field, just the lockout.  I see no legal basis for not being able to talk.  Creating a divide between your players and coaches is just dumb.  Coaches are not owners, and are much closer to the players than the owners.  The owners need to grow up.  I am not saying they should be allowed to practice or workout, but they ought to be able to converse.  And, dumb is dumb, it does not matter if one has played ball or not. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:25 pm

NFL looking into allegations

Way to go Balrog and Argo.

At least a few understand what is happening.  We all know some of these athletes did not learn much in High School or College but at least they became talented athletes.

Some posters on here did not learn anything and the were not athletes.  A dumb jock is bad but a dumb dummy is way worse.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:53 pm

NFL looking into allegations

Go ahead Owners and Players - have your dispute at the fans expense....   I'm old enough to remember the REPLACEMENT games and attended them..  Your league may shut down but I'll still be looking for something to kick-back to on  Sundays and Monday night w/o you..

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:02 pm

NFL looking into allegations

My question would be "what is the point of this no contact".  What is the purpose in not allowing the players to talk to their own coaches?  Why should this be taken seriously by the league.  I think this is a dumb move on the part of the league, and am curious as to why it is happening.
Well, because its a "lockout" -- so teams are not supposed to be talking to players, and that includes the coaches.  The issue is (1) partially negotiating leverage but also, and more importantly from the NFL's standpoint (2) competitive balance -- it is simply not fair for some teams to follow the rules and not contact/coach players while other teams do--those teams breaking the rule would then arguably in a better competitive position at the end of the lockout.  Just like in any labor negotiation the owners/management need to be united in their approach to labor and labor needs to be united in its approach to owners/management, anything else makes you look weak and harms your bargaining power.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:22 pm

Freeman is a joke

There are so many factual innaccuracies and flat out lies in Freeman's article it makes me ashamed to visit this website. Sad thing is he was called out on his BS stories so much that they turned off commenting. 
Freeman, why don't you start writing about things you understand, like ponies and cupcakes, and leave your attempts at serious journalism at the door.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:16 pm

NFL looking into allegations

Sorry, I guess that should have been "pre-existing" collective bargaining agreement, not "existing" one.  Tiny little detail.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:14 pm

NFL looking into allegations

LS and Ralphi--The league probably considers it an issue because their lawyers tell them to.  And the lawyers are probably saying that the league's position is that they don't want to operate under the existing collective bargaining agreement, and if they have contact with the players such conduct might be construed as some kind of waiver of that position, which might hurt them in court.  I'm not saying I agree with that position necessarily, but that's probably part of what's on their minds.  Also, they probably don't want any of the players to think it's business as usual; instead, they want the players more amenable to changes, which the players won't be if they're not put under pressure.  Again, I'm not saying I agree with it, but it's still there.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:53 am

NFL looking into allegations

Looking into allegations...Who's making the allegations?  And what purpose does it serve to be a child-like tattletale?  If a player is willing to voluntarily contact the team why is that an issue?  

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