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WhoDat!656 10-14-2012 06:26 AM

Drew Brees laments “abuse of power” by league office
Aren't Tom Brady & Peyton Manning part of the Executive Committee as well? Interesting that never gets mentioned! Perhaps it is because Brees is moe vocal than those two...

Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t happy with the league office. And he continues to talk about it.

Specifically, he remains concerned about the power that the Commissioner possesses.

“Just the fact that, these unilateral decisions can be made without any kind of oversight, just seems like there’s — and I’m not talking about the decisions that are made when a guy gets a DUI, or when a guy gets a weapons charge, or gets caught making bad decision in that regard,” Brees tells Sean Gregory of “You know, it seems like there’s just this abuse of power in a lot of ways when it comes to things like certainly the bounty allegations and accusations.”

But here’s the thing. Roger Goodell has the power that the players collectively have given him, via the process of collective bargaining. And Brees, as a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee, was directly involved in the decision to sign off on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that preserves the Commissioner’s power.

The union erred, in our view, by agreeing to a new economic formula, sending players to training camp in 2011, and then haggling after the players were back to work over non-monetary issues, like the Commissioner’s power. Instead, the NFLPA should have insisted on getting everything worked out before anything was worked out. Once the players had returned to their teams and the lockout essentially ended, the players had no leverage. So Goodell dug in on his power, and the players had no option but to shrug their shoulders and accept it.

Then there’s the fact that the Commissioner’s power isn’t nearly as unlimited as Brees and others would have us all believe. For example, the restraints on Goodell’s authority resulted in the suspensions of the four players being vacated last month — and the new suspensions eventually could be vacated, too.

Of course, none of this means that the Commissioner properly has been exercising his considerable authority.

“Disappointed with the way that the replacement referee situation went down,” Brees said. “Really a lack of accountability from the top down. Also, I feel like, in large part, this bounty scandal, so to speak, is a big facade, and a way to cover up the shortcomings of the league, and the commissioner, with regards to player health and safety over the last three years.”

Plenty of people feel that way. There’s a chance that more than a few owners share those views, and they’ll all be getting together next week in Chicago for the first time since the bounty scandal and the referee lockout blew up in the league’s face.

Drew Brees laments “abuse of power” by league office | ProFootballTalk

burningmetal 10-14-2012 08:04 AM

Re: Drew Brees laments “abuse of power” by league office
Roger is a crooked politician. He spouts nothing but lies and rhetoric, and is relentless to what level he'll stoop to get what he wants. I don't know all the details of the CBA, but I've come to know enough about the punk to draw some reasonable conclusions. He probably used a lot of slick talk to lull the players into a false sense of security, and took advantage of the fact that most of these athletes aren't the sharpest minded individuals. The players wanted to get back on the field, so when they felt they had the monetary part worked out, they probably figured they had to make a couple concessions to get the deal done.

But they sadly underestimated what kind of dictator they were unleashing. Not well thought out by the players, but I still believe that he is abusing even the letter of the CBA. Everybody says the players signed off on all this crap that roger has done, but has anyone really read that ridiculously long document in it's entirety? I find it hard to believe the players union could have been THIS dumb.

Vrillon82 10-14-2012 05:36 PM

Re: Drew Brees laments “abuse of power” by league office
bunch of moronic fans replied on that article in the comment sections, so I gave them a few pennies more than they can handle.

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