This morning brought word of the upcoming fight between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over the discipline handed down to the players involved in the Bounty Scandal. One of the players involved, Anthony Hargrove submitted a signed letter to the League offices stating that all of the allegations made in the NFL’s original report were factual. This letter was not forced upon him by those in power at the NFL. The NFLPA aided Hargrove in submitting the document.
This makes the contents of the declaration far more persuasive, since there can now be no argument that Hargrove was in any way coerced into signing it by the league. It also could create a conflict for the NFLPA regarding the competing interests of Hargrove and the other three players, if Hargrove admits to things that Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith publicly have denied.
Essentially, what we have here is the NFLPA and an accused player admitting to the wrongdoing that has been alleged. Yet, the player’s union wants to see to it that no punishment is meted out for these actions. Again, I honestly have no idea what the players’ union is doing here. This was an excellent opportunity to push forward on ways to make this game safer, but the players’ union seems more interested in getting into a pissing contest with the NFL’s front office over Roger Goodell’s disciplinary tactics. I do not see this playing out well for the NFLPA.