Re: Show Me The Money
posted at 8/28/2013 7:06 AM EDT
In response to russgriswold's comment:
He has to be on the team for it to be paid out, I would imagine. Otherwise, they can't pay a guy who is in jail. It's bad enough, he'll be collecting the money next year while awaiting trial.
The union is a disgrace. Once he's convicted, the Pats will rightly go after all that money he collected while denied bail in jail.
Very curious to see the language in the deal. I am not sure the union even has access to that.
Of course the union has a copy of the contract. From the CBA:
Section 7. Copies of Contracts: It is agreed and understood that: (a) copies of all contracts
signed by Rookie and Veteran players after the date of execution of this
Agreement will be provided to the NFLP A within two (2) days of their receipt by the
Management Council; and (b) all information in such contracts will be made available to
all Clubs by the Management Council. Any dispute regarding compliance of (a) above
shall be resolved by the Impartial Arbitrator. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator
shall be made within ten (10) days of the application, and shall consider all
information relating to such dispute submitted by such date. The determination of the
Impartial Arbitrator shall be final and Clubs are prohibited from negotiating for or insisting
upon any confidentiality clauses in Player Contracts.
The union also has a duty to defend the provisions of player contracts, regardless of the whether the player is a sc*mb*g or not. They are just doing their duty and ensuring that a precedent isn't set that the terms of player contracts can be ignored. I'm fine as well with Bob Kraft refusing to pay the money until and unless the union can show he has to. It's just all part of the process. I'm sure if Kraft knows he has to pay the money, this process is actually something he's glad occurs because it gives him a way of clearly demonstrating to the public his desire not to pay and, when he does pay (assuming the contract makes him pay), allows him to tell everyone "I only paid because legally I had to."