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NFLPA issues statement on Brady ruling, criticizes Goodell

The NFL Players Association currently is basking in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s defeat. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement on U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman’s decision to vacate New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension: “The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement...
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NFLPA exec: Tom Brady settlement conference 'a productive day'

There’s no word on any closure to Deflategate yet, but apparently some progress was made during Wednesday’s settlement conference between Tom Brady and the NFL in New York. Brady left the court house at 5:20 p.m., signaling the end of the NFL and NFL Players Association’s meeting with District Court Judge Richard Berman. “We won’t be making a formal statement other than...
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith: NFL teams are blackballing Ray Rice

Can a running back who is 28 years old, missed an entire season of football and has a history with domestic violence be “blackballed” by NFL teams? NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith seems to think that is what is happening with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. “This, unfortunately, is a league...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Judge overturns Peterson suspension; NFL to appeal

So much for this being a slow time of the year around the NFL. As has been the case over the past several months, off-field issues are making headlines around the league. Hours after independent arbitrator and federal court judge David Doty ruled that the league could not apply the current personal conduct policy to Adrian Peterson stemming from his child abuse case, reports are...
Via Sportsnaut
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith Facing Four Challengers for NFLPA’s Top Position

The NFL Players Association will meet for its annual conference in Hawaii late next month. In that meeting, the union’s 32 team reps will elect who it deems should run the union moving forward. DeMaurice Smith has held the executive director post for the past six years. During his tenure, the union has been weakened considerably due to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement...
Via Sportsnaut
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith indicated in a media session with reporters on Thursday that the league will not be interviewing players regarding Deflate-gate until after the conclusion of the Super Bowl.  With only a few days remaining until Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, interviews...
Via Sportsnaut
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMaurice Smith faces challenge to position of NFLPA chief

  Michigan-based attorney Jim Acho says he's running for executive director of the NFL Players Association. The 44-year-old Acho has represented retired players and been an advocate for improving pension and medical benefits. He says he expects to have no trouble obtaining the support of at least three current player representatives on the board of directors, which is the requirement...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

NFLPA Director Smith goes on offensive against NFL

Fresh off “independent” arbitrator Harold Henderson upholding the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the players association continues to throw shade at the NFL in a series of public remarks. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith lashed out at the National Football League and Roger Goodell in a strongly-worded statement...
Via Sportsnaut
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith Supports Fight Of Student Athletes

The labor conversation surrounding college athletes is understandably a touchy subject for many people, a large percentage of which choose to stay on the sidelines, rather than getting personally involved and throwing in their own voice. NFL Players Association president DeMaurice Smith elected not to be one of those individuals, penning an article posted on […] NFLPA President...
Via Steelers Depot
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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