May 4, 2011 |
After Gene Upshaw, the longtime president of the National Football League Players Association, died suddenly in August 2008, a family struggle broke out over his estate. The item most contested: a previously undisclosed $15 million deferred compensation fund the union paid to his widow in Great Falls. The payment has outraged some retired NFL players, who have long claimed that Upshaw did not represent them as fairly as he did current players during his 25-year career with the union.
December 21, 2009
Blogging at http://views.washingtonpost.com/theleague/nflnewsfeed/ When it came time to take the field for the Cincinnati Bengals' game against the San Diego Chargers, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was in his familiar No. 85 jersey, not in Chris Henry's No. 15, the shirt he'd hoped to wear as a tribute to his late teammate. According to the Bengals' Web site, Ochocinco said he wasn't concerned about a potential fine by the NFL but added: "I don't want to be a distraction. " Ochocinco caused a stir late last week when...
December 21, 2011 |
The leaders of the NFL Players Association voted Wednesday to award a $1 million bonus to the union's executive director, DeMaurice Smith, for negotiating a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the league this year. The payment was approved by the players on the union's ruling executive committee, according to several people familiar with the deliberations. Former NFL center Kevin Mawae, the union president, and the executive committee issued a written statement Wednesday announcing that "the Executive...
May 25, 2012 |
Roger Goodell is winning. He hasn't met a player or an issue he couldn't beat with a superior gaze. You have to admit that he is a success as NFL commissioner, if the definition of success is exercising control over 1,700 athletes and 32 owners without ever removing your suit coat, or showing a bead of sweat on your condescending forehead. Name an issue Goodell hasn't prevailed on. Player conduct? Owner crackdown? Work stoppage? This week, Goodell scored a legal victory over Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones...
October 20, 2008
New Orleans RB Reggie Bush will not travel with the Saints to London following yesterday's loss to Carolina, instead heading to Alabama to have his injured left knee examined. Bush is expected to see renowned surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Coach Sean Payton said. The Saints believe Bush has injured the meniscus in his left knee and won't be able to play San Diego at Wembley Stadium next week. Fox Sports reported Bush, who injured his knee on a first-half punt return, was going to have arthroscopic...
December 10, 2011 |
Do you swallow something when you don't know what's in it? Not if you have an IQ above room temperature. So why should NFL players, or any other athletes for that matter, be expected to swallow the World Anti Doping Agency 's method for HGH drug testing without independent scientific verification that it's reliable, or fair, or applicable to them? What if a stranger told you to take a blood test, showed you a vial and a needle and said, "Here, trust me. " What if the stranger told you that the result...