Former NFL cornerback and NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth is set to cross the sports spectrum to become the chief operating officer of the National Basketball Players Association.
Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News broke the news Wednesday while also noting Walter Palmer, who circled the globe playing basketball, would also be joining the group:
Foxworth played with the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens across a career that lasted six seasons. He hasn't suited up since 2011 but remained the head of the NFLPA until Eric Winston took over earlier this year.
He was previously considered to become executive director of the NBPA before Michele Roberts was chosen for the position. The Maryland product, who's continued his education at the Harvard School of Business, explained to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post the importance of union leadership.
"Having been a long-time leader in the NFLPA and involved in this extended NBPA search process, I understand well the potential opportunities and pitfalls inherent in running a professional sports union," Foxworth said. "And I know how important it is to have the right leaders guiding the organization."
His stance is backed up by Winston, who sent along a message of support and noted the NBA players are in good hands:
Foxworth's experience both as a former athlete and the leader of a players union should be a valuable resource in the years ahead. Both sides can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement following the 2016-17 season, as noted by Larry Coon in a special report to ESPN.com.
Having somebody who's been in rooms with owners of professional sports teams before, the NBA players who won't be present will know they have a strong voice speaking on their behalf. That said, it's still unknown whether the players or owners will decide to opt out and renegotiate.
Foxworth figures to play a key role in that decision-making process.