Category: DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith Addresses RG3 Injury and the Field Conditions in Washington

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Two major incidents took place last weekend in Washington that caught the attention of the NFLPA. The players association, led by executive director DeMaurice Smith, looked into the way in which Robert Griffin III's knee injury was dealt with by the team's coaching and medical staff, as well as the ...

LeRoy Butler Discusses The Green Bay Packers’ 1996 “Smash For Cash” Program

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

We're on the first page of what appears to be a new chapter in Bounty Gate. That's because the NFLPA has pulled a new club out of the bag in its fight to defend the New Orleans Saints players involved in the scandal, filing papers in federal court last week ...

DeMaurice Smith Calls The NFL Referee Lockout “A Stupid Idea” That Is Jeopardizing the Safety of the Players

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The NFL just wrapped up a third Sunday with replacement officials, and the outrage level certainly hasn't dropped. The league and its officials met on the weekend but reports indicate there are still significant differences between the two parties, which could indicate the replacements won't be going anywhere anytime soon. The ...

DeMaurice Smith’s Job With the NFLPA Hasn’t Been Any Easier Since the New CBA Came Into Place

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

If you thought that DeMaurice Smith's job as Executive Director of the National Football Players Association (NFLPA) would get easier after the players and the owners agreed to a new CBA, think again. There seemingly is always a lawsuit or other controversy surrounding the year round news cycle of ...

DeMaurice Smith on Proposed HGH Testing: “If we have full transparency, we’ll do the test. Does that sound like I’m ducking anything?”

Friday, October 28th, 2011

DeMaurice Smith might have successfully navigated the NFL Players Union through the three-plus month long lockout this spring and summer, but he's not out of the clear just yet. Smith is now entangled in a new negotiation -- the implementation of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) testing in the NFL. The ...

The Man of the Hour: DeMaurice Smith reflects on historic CBA negotiations

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

While some things at times looked bleak when it came to the NFL labor talks, I tip my cap to everyone involved in making sure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was worked out before any games were lost in the NFL. Right now the league is at the pinnacle of ...

Fullback Tony Richardson Hopes to Make a Lockout-Ending Deal Part of His Legacy

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tony Richardson doesn't even know if he's going to be playing next year, but it has nothing to do with the current NFL lockout. Richardson, a free agent fullback who most recently played for the New York Jets, will be a free agent if  and when the lockout ends, and ...

New York Giants Owner John Mara: We Should Be at the Bargaining Table Instead of in Court

Friday, May 20th, 2011

It's been a fairly angry offseason for New York Giants owner John Mara. First he blasted his team after a disappointing 8-8 finish last season. Then, when players failed to come back with a counter offer on the final day of negotiations in March, instead deciding to decertify, he had ...

DeMaurice Smith: “The metrics of the deal they put on the table would have been the worst in the history of sports.”

Monday, May 16th, 2011

At this point in time in the ongoing NFL Lockout saga, it's pretty tough to understand or know what's going on or what lies ahead. But one good way to get an idea of where things stand is by simply listening to the rhetoric being used by both sides. On ...

DeMaurice Smith Gives An Update on the Lockout and Players’ Antitrust Lawsuit

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Two weeks ago, the NFLPA walked out of CBA negotiations and filed a lawsuit against the league irking the NFL and its owners.  The 2011 season and the future of the NFL is in jeopardy but what is unclear at the present time is, how we got to this point, ...