Re: Impact of Martin on the Culture of the NFL
posted at 11/9/2013 8:22 AM EST
In response to palookaski's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In short, the NFL may be forced to graduate from junior high school.
Those who regret it . . . well, glory days.
Nope, The NFLPA needs to graduate. Since the Bountygate fiasco, did'nt the NFLPA learn anything? These NFL players are thier people, all Teams have a Union Rep. Meanwhile the Union plays devils advocate, not knowing nothing? That is BS. It's about time the NFLPA steps in and becomes proactive and puts the slammer down on this nonsense, not the NFL Team owners.
In other matters, if Bellichick or any other coach oversteps the Union agreement all he!! breaks loose. They know or should know everything going on with the team, through the UNION Rep. The Union should be held - at least - equally accountable not the NFL alone.
As for the OP, the 'Culture of the NFL' would be more positively impacted by the NFLPA Union actually getting involved with thier own paying members.
I agree the union has some role to play, too. Ultimately (and legally) the employer has the most responsibility for maintaining a non-hostile work environment (and the employer is the Dophins, not the NFL). But ultimately this issue needs to be addressed by the league and the union together.
We haven't spoken about the impact of some of this on the CBA, but that's in the background too. I think the most interesting thing is the CBA "binds" a player to a particular team for the length of his contract and prevents him from going to another team unless the employing team releases or trades him. If the employing team is found to have created a hostile work environment, though, can the employing team still prevent the player from going elsewhere? To me, that's a thorny issue that may impact the CBA and that the NFL and NFLPA (or their lawyers) both must be concerned about. And if the EEOC were ever to become involved, that could really upset the apple cart. I suspect both the NFL and NFLPA are worried about that and are probably cooperating to prevent that. Note that both the league and the union have been pretty quiet so far, which makes me think they're truly worried about this.