Posts Tagged ‘DeMaurice Smith’

NFLPA HEAD INVOKES WRATH OF GOD AGAINST AGENTS

July 22, 2010

Following the Reggie Bush debacle, NFL agents may have to be WAY more careful about providing cash to college football “student athletes.” Agents now face possible disbarment from the league or even criminal prosecution if they provide under-the the-table cash payoffs to “amateur” players. In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, DeMaurice Smith, the head of the National Football League Players Association, said, “GOD HELP those agents” who violate rules regarding paying players.

Meanwhile, Alabama coach Nick Saban compared unscrupulous agents to “pimps” at SEC media days and demanded the NFLPA do something about the situation.

SHOULD ROGER GOODELL SUSPEND HIMSELF FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY?

June 21, 2010

ROGER GOODELL AND BOB MCNAIR: FUTURE CELLMATES?

Don’t laugh. It’s possible that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has commited several felonies.

Here’s a story that has totally flown under the radar of most the national media. The NFL and former members of the NFL Players Association are being investigated by the feds for collusion. Not only that, but it looks like the current union has a pretty strong case.

The union’s former human resources director is suing for wrongful termination. In court documents, she accuses former NFLPA president and  player Troy Vincent and several union officials of  leaking confidential information to Goodell and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair. The woman accuses Vincent, Texans player rep Kris Brown,  and  NFLPA executive committee member Mark Bruener (a former Texans player) all of secretly meeting with Goodell and McNair and providing them with confidential union information.

If the former employee’s charges are true, that’s a serious, serious crime. The Labor Department has  supposedly acknowledged that there’s an investigation going on which is looking into whether the NFL players union “may have been the victim of violations of federal laws.”

Current NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith is from Chicago and is a personal friend of President Barack Obama. The NFLPA is reportedly being considered “a potential victim” in the Labor Department’s investigation. That’s horrifically bad news for Goodell and the NFL which is currently in a collective bargaining dispute with Smith and league players.

Goodell doesn’t deny meeting informally with Vincent and other union officials. He maintains those meetings were simply icebreakers and nothing untoward happened at them. Unfortunately, after Smith became the head of the NFLPA, Vincent took a job WORKING FOR THE NFL. That certainly doesn’t look too good to investigators.

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DEMARICE SMITH: UNION PREZ AND FRIEND OF POTUS

NFL UNION IS OUT TO GET RUSH LIMBAUGH

October 12, 2009

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The National Football League Players Association came out over the weekend as officially opposing conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s effort to own the St. Louis Rams. Union head DeMaurice Smith not only voiced his displeasure over Limbaugh to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but sent out a memo urging the league’s players to vocally oppose him. Smith has criticized a number of the talk show host’s past comments, which he feel are racially charged. Smith urged his players to oppose Limbaugh as “proud sons, fathers and spouses.”

In an e-mail, Smith contends that allowing Limbaugh into the NFL would mean “going backwards” for the league’s African-American players. Seven NFL players, all African-Americans, have already come out on record as opposing Limbaugh owning an NFL team.

Limbaugh and former NBA executive Dave Checketts are one of six groups to make a former purchase offer for the Rams. St. Louis lost over the weekend and has not won a football game in over a calendar year. Smith’s anti-Limbaugh crusade has received play nationally as well as in St. Louis.

Conservative blogs have responded by calling Smith and the union racist. That’s not going to help Limbaugh’s bid. Limbaugh has not commented publicly on the union’s stance yet. However, the NFL hates both publicity and controversy and Limbaugh’s controversial  past statements on race (not to mention his firing by ESPN over the Donovan McNabb fiasco) may very well cost him his dream-owning an NFL franchise.

NEW NFLPA PREZ IS OBAMA FRIEND

March 16, 2009

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In a stunning move, the National Football League Players Association has selected a Washington lawyer to be its new union head. DeMaurice Smith was elected on the first ballot by NFLPA player reps in Honolulu. He replaces the late Gene Upshaw.

ESPN’s John Clayton and several others have written that players wanted to go in a “new direction” and picked Smith over a host of other candidates with previous NFL experience and strong union ties. Smith is described as a Washington D.C. lawyer who is a friend of President Barack Obama’s.

Smith is quoted in today’s Washington Post as saying the union “has a moral obligation to take care of retired players.” That’s an enormous departure from the past disgraceful behavior by the NFLPA. The NFLPA recently lost a $28 million lawsuit because of its horrific treatment of former NFL players.