NFL Lockout: Players, Owners All Acting Like Children as Rhetoric Rises
Players Call Goodell A 'Turd' While Owner Calls Smith a 'Psycho Ex-Girlfriend'
The NFL Lockout has caused a lot of hard feelings on both sides of the table. Labor disputes always do.
The problem is, neither side appears ready to grow up, sit down, and negotiate an end to all of this. Instead, each side now appears ready to battle it out in court to an end that will make everybody losers. In the interim, they just call each other names.
If this were the third grade, I am sure the spitballs would be flying.
Players have taken an aggressive stance, calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell everything from a "joke" to a "turd."
The players all blame Goodell for the lockout in their public statements, always forgetting the fact Goodell works for the owners and it is the OWNERS who are locking the players out.
Could Goodell be doing a better job?
Yes, Goodell could have reasoned with the owners more in the last year to get a better deal on the table, even though I believe the players were going to reject any deal that was not exactly like the deal they had in the last agreement. That is my opinion, and if you do not agree with it, I really do not care.
But the best volley in all of this comes from an unnamed owner while referring to the difficulty in dealing with NFLPA Chief DeMaurice Smith before the decertification.
It’s not particularly noteworthy that a high-stakes labor dispute would trigger heated rhetoric on both sides, and it’s fair to say that many or all of the 32 owners are as embittered toward Smith as some of the 1,800-plus NFL players are toward Goodell. The owner to whom I spoke insisted that Goodell’s efforts to establish a better working relationship with Smith – and to keep the lines of communication going even as the matter plays out in the courts – have not been reciprocated.
“Roger is trying to do business, and De is like a psycho girlfriend who doesn’t know what he wants, doesn’t understand what he’s involved in and [who] you can’t reason with,” the owner said. “With psycho girlfriends, at least you can move on eventually. But Roger is stuck with him right now.”
I am going to go ahead and say the unnamed owner is Jerry Jones. That is purely my opinion and based on nothing more than what we all just read.
Calling Smith a psycho ex-girlfriend just sounds like something Jones would say.
I have not been shy about my opinion on the lockout and my belief Smith is in over his head and was a terrible choice to head the union. This is not to absolve the owners of any blame, but it is pointing out the players did themselves no favors by electing a guy who I feel is not up to the job.
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