Jerry Jones Puts On a Show During NFL Labor Negotiations, and Gets Panned

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You've waited for this moment all your life. Practiced. Rehearsed. Trained. Sacrificed. Compromised. Even went to college class, some of the time.

But now, on the eve of a major company extending you a lucrative dream job, veteran workers at the company are suddenly urging you not to accept the job because, well, the bosses there suck. What to do?

Go to the NFL Draft April 28 in New York, hear your name announced and walk across the stage to shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell? Or listen to the professional trade association formerly known as the NFL Players Association and meet down the street with your future peers?

I say screw it. Embrace your moment in the sun and on the stage. The owners have done nothing to you other than offer you a job making millions of dollars playing a game. They'll sign your checks. The other guys wanting me to buck the system? Most of them will be out of football by the time you reach your prime.

While the players and owners debate the logistics of the draft and while Vikings running back Adrian Peterson became the first -- you knew it would happen -- to inject "slavery" into the lockout discussion, nothing significant will happen until an April 6 hearing at which the players will get a judge's decision on their injunction to legally stop the lockout.

The lockout is on. And, embodied by Jerry Jones, the owners are dug in.

According to this tale in Sports Illustrated, Jones attended a March 2 meeting between owners and players in Washington, D.C. and put on quite a show.

"I don't think we've got your attention," Jones said to the players, several of whom recounted the incident to SI. "You clearly don't understand what we're saying, and we're not hearing what you're saying. So I guess we're going to have to show you to get your attention."

Jones tapped his fists together for emphasis--the players interpreted it as a sign that a lockout was coming--then stood and walked toward the door. As he reached the end of the table, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, another labor hawk, began to rise, but Robert Kraft of the Patriots, who was sitting next to him, put a hand on Richardson's forearm and kept him from going.

If Jones's intention was to intimidate the players, he failed. "I think everybody in the room thought it was overly dramatic, almost hilarious," one player said. "It was like a Jerry Maguire moment. You know, 'I'm leaving. Who's coming with me?' I know it didn't scare any of us."

Scared straight or not, here's betting that -- in the end -- the players will win some battles but ultimately lose this war. Let's just hope the truce arrives before Labor Day.


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Cujo
Cujo

Why you'll never see the complete books:1. The owners have pulled all sorts of scams with their finances for many years. 2. The owners don't want the players to find out they've been had.3. The owners don't want the other owners to find out they've been had.4. The owners don't want the Gubmint to find out they've been had.5. They'll never get the taxpayers to fund future stadiums. 6. For the owners that have other companies, the NFL is a good place to bury losses or hide profits. 7. They don't want to lose the Anti-Trust exemption and other legal exceptions. 8. As long as they can get away with it, they will. Human nature.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

I still want to see it go scorched earth and maximum chaos. As long as the owners cry that they don't have any money then I want to see the books. I started off siding with the players and I have found no reason to change that position, dumb tweets included. I wonder if some of the players will refuse to sign with the teams that draft them or get drafted even if they say they will sit out. So we sit here for another couple of weeks waiting for what exactly? Is this another judge that just HAD to go on vacation?

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Here you go again. Copying from the Ticket. This time it was Norm's show you copied from. Sure it was in SI but that's what Norm pointed out and less than an hour after he did you post it. Get your own stuff Richie. Quit copying the Ticket in your blog and radio show. Come up with something original and maybe, just maybe your ratings will come out of the toilet where they've been since day 1.

Aerick
Aerick

Maybe Jerry was going to get his financial records for the players to review. Man, would I love to see those books. I bet everything but the kitchen sink is run through those books.

Despite the resolution of the lock out, it may be time to make these books public record for all to review given the anti trust provisions. all we hear is the owners crying about money, yet when the opportunity is available to produce their financials all hell breaks out.

I think the owners are more concerned how their fellow owners will consume this information much more than any players union, etc.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Fuck the NFL, whats the next sports topic please. They dont deserve me commenting on any of em

Kergo
Kergo

I blame em both-utter greed. That was a nice touch by Peterson.....I can see him scroungin' around his couch looking for change so he can feed his family off the dollar menu. Meanwhile, the rest of America has taken a twenty percent pay cut, rising gas prices, 9%+ unemployment, an increase in food prices; and now soon to be crazy inflation is driving this bus. Wow weee, I really feel sorry for them , we got Barney in Mesquite on rations and no insurance, both parents working as the kids fend for themselves, and Adrian Peterson is making millions and can barely feed his family while forced to be a slave. Yeah, I'll miss football, but, you know what, I'll find a hobby. Maybe the NFL as a whole is disillusioned as to what fans will put up with!?

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

Uh, Richie? You do realize that Big Bob had this story, complete with expanded quote, on Unfair Park at 8:34 this morning?

Gary
Gary

We all know the owners are greedy, but wouldn't you be? We all know players are greedy, but wouldn't you be? Now we have confirmation the league consists of idiots. Did Peterson miss the page in the handbook warning against using "feed my family" and "slavery" in any way, shape or form?

Richie's Mailman
Richie's Mailman

So, since Galloway ran it in his column this morning, was he copying from the Ticket, Richie or, maybe Sports Illustrated?

BSG
BSG

This story broke Tuesday afternoon, Chuck. Pay attention.

OMG! I just saw CNN do a story on the Japanese earthquake! Bastards! They stole from Fox which did that story two hours ago!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Think he charges plastic surgery to his marketing budget?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

well he did get a McDonald's manager fired and then rehired for letting him use the restroom after hours. He obviously does frequent their establishment. Or was it corporate America that drove him to eat McDonald's?

Richie W
Richie W

Of course. Where do you think I got it from.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I think Jerrah isnt' as greedy as much as he's trying to make a buck. Putting up your own money on a stadium and then having a bad product, well, it doesn't sell tickets buddy. I side with the players, they have much more at stake, their health, inability to work after a few years, etc. I can see it from the owners side as well, having to make payroll, actually try and turn a profit, etc. The players turn a profit for themselves every year that they play. I'm not sure that AP is interested in reading, he did go to Oklahoma and probably hasn't picked up a book in quite some time.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Combine a bunch of guys who rely on athletics more than intelligence with too much time on their hands now, take away their guaranteed giant paychecks, and give them the technology for them to spout off instantly and easily, and you end up with only the first example of a player saying something incredibly stupid.

For every Drew Brees tweeting with thought, care, and intellect, we'll get 10 dumbasses popping off. More as the season creeps closer without resolution.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

I paid attention BSG. That wasn't the point. How you missed it is because you are obviously stupid. The point was that RW didn't decide to run it until right after Norm's show. He admittedly listens to Norm's show and it was quite obvious he ran with it because "The Ticket" broadcasted it. Get it?

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