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Have NFL Players Become Too Outspoken?

In the traditionally tight-mouth league, why are more players calling out their teams publicly?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 16, 2009 7:33 AM
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DwightCollins: the players with the thugs among them trying to act like they matter is losing the interest of America... muscles should keep their mouths s...

laboo: It's amusing to be having this discussion re the NFL -- when the NBA has just got through fining Arenas and the Wizards BECAUSE Gil doesn't ...

esibmr: The prima dona idiots in the nfl who complain all the time,can't even manage their own life,let alone a football club.Who would sign with a ...

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Grandblvd03 Author Profile Page :

Oh, OK -- You're right. Maybe the players should shut their big mouths and let the white mastuhs do all the opinionating.

crazy81 Author Profile Page :

Ever since free agency they have become a bunch of rich cry babies. NFL players used to go both ways, work summer jobs and be gratful for the chance and opportunity. Now its all about me me me! Whine this and give me the ball that and PAY ME PAY ME PAY ME WAA WAA WAA!
SHUT UP and hit the line. This is football not MTV Cribz.

topwriter Author Profile Page :

In as much as they are paid to play and likely are not asked to sign any sort of gag-rule statement in their contract -even though more important industries like Education require such things- this does remain America and like it or not they have mouths and choose to use them. A lot.

Something they should each keep in mind (if possible) is to make sure their brain is engaged before they put their mouth in drive.

JPRS Author Profile Page :

Are NFL players too outspoken? Not really.

If a player refused to speak to the media for a season odds are that both he and his team would be fined.

If players say something that is contrary to the interests of the team, they also risk losing their job and/or getting dealt to another team (see: Terrell Owens, or Mike Vanderjagt).

Unlike other industries the NFL benefits in part from the public role that players play, so it also has to deal with the potential downside.

If the league really didn't want players to talk at all it would impose a kind of gag rule as suggested above. There's a reason that the league is unlikely to impose this kind of condition -- and it isn't just because it might encounter resistance from the NFPLA. Football players are public figures and the league capitalize on this reality. The downside isn't sufficient for the league to clamp-down. In those rare circumstances when it feels obliged to intervene, the league and teams have levers at their disposal to remedy the situation (and these instances are indeed rare when you consider the hundreds if not thousands of hours that players speak to the media during any given season, and the rare instances where the league deems it necessary to impose penalties. The overwhelming number of player comments are uncontroversial. The ones that get attention are exceptional cases, not the rule. So remind me: why is this topic even a matter of discussion? It's kind of like saying we should outlaw fast food because too many people like it and too many people get fat from it. If people don't like it and don't want to endure the consequences of eating fast food, there are plenty of other alternatives).

jaxas Author Profile Page :

I assume this has to do with the recent unpleasantness regarding Rush Limbaugh being sacked as a potential owner of the St. Louis Rams. I mean come on. Anytime Rush Limbaugh does not get what he wants whether it be an NFL football team or a President to his liking, there must be hell to pay.

The only thing missing in this national tantrum is Rush threatening to hold his breath and turn blue until he gets want he wants. That would certainly be an outcome to be devoutly wished for and would do much to clear up foul air in America.

Skinsfanseattle Author Profile Page :

The NFL as we know it will change, when their CBA expires in a couple of years. Then, the Danny will be able to spend all he wants for players, but until he hires a GM who actually knows the game and is allowed/left alone, to build the team we are left with no one to protect the skill guys and move back to the upper echelon of the NFL

DwightCollins Author Profile Page :

the players with the thugs among them trying to act like they matter is losing the interest of America...
muscles should keep their mouths shut...

laboo Author Profile Page :

It's amusing to be having this discussion re the NFL -- when the NBA has just got through fining Arenas and the Wizards BECAUSE Gil doesn't want to ratchet his jaws any more!

I am not in favor of muzzling free speech. Athletes are citizens too. Let 'em say whatever they want, and then let the chips fall where they may. They're big boys and girls after all. And those with nuthin' to say, don't force 'em to say it (an epic-fail strategy in any case).

esibmr Author Profile Page :

The prima dona idiots in the nfl who complain all the time,can't even manage their own life,let alone a football club.Who would sign with a club that T.O.owns.

 
 
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