February 04, 2014


PLAYERS get a lot of flak for airing dirty laundry in public, but when public is the only place where your laundry can get that air, what else are they supposed to do?

There's a story today about Raider LT Jared Veldheer wanting more urgency in his FA contract talks. He's apparently been told one thing but action is showing another. 

The story is on NFL.com

The story is NOT on Raiders.com. 

Odds are that Oakland will re-sign Veldheer, but that's not the point. 

The point is that there is a blatant hypocrisy and inequality in fining one player for not speaking to the media, and turning a deaf ear to players who actually have an issue worth a mention, or an item that might be of concern to the ticket buying fan. 

And it's not just one or three teams that do this, it's most of the NFL. 

Remember the Monday night game when Brandon Marshall wore green sneakers (instead of Bears navy or orange, or regulation black or white) this season to promote awareness for mental illness? The announcers mentioned it, but Marshall himself wasn't asked question one about it. Not where to donate, what to look for, where to find help. Nothing. 

He was however fined $10,000.

There have been other examples, but I don't recall their specifics and it would be disingenuous to look them up, merely to make a point you already get. 

Between a league that seems to want a kinder, gentler savage game, and a league that wants to ignore the humanity of the very players that make it viable, exists a massive philosophical disconnect. 

If these players, these human beings, are truly people of value (insured, medically monitored, and protected by ever changing rules), then doesn't it stand to reason that their concerns should be of some value as well? Especially to the teams that profit from them? 

Shouldn't their concerns warrant at least a little more notice?

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