NFLPA Re-Elects DeMaurice Smith As Executive Director, For Some Reason

The NFL Players Association re-elected incumbent Executive Director DeMaurice Smith early Monday morning. This year's election had swollen to nine candidates, many of whom were ridiculous and under-qualified, but there had been a growing sense that the players were increasingly unhappy with Smith and could make a… » 3/16/15 1:49am 3/16/15 1:49am

The NFLPA's Election For A New Leader Is A Ridiculous Clown Show

This Sunday, the National Football League Players Association will hold an election for Executive Director, a position held by DeMaurice Smith since being unanimously elected by active player reps in 2009. Including Smith, there are nine candidates for the position, which is about eight more than usual. Most of these… » 3/14/15 6:35pm 3/14/15 6:35pm

Adrian Peterson Wins Suspension Appeal

Federal judge David Doty has ruled in favor of the NFLPA's motion to end Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's indefinite suspension. The ruling vacates a previous ruling by arbitrator Harold Henderson, who upheld Peterson's suspension back in December. » 2/26/15 1:01pm 2/26/15 1:01pm

NFLPA Response: With These Benevolent Owners, Who Needs A Union? 

After our editorial urging NFL players to form a union ran yesterday, we received the below reply from NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah. » 1/29/15 11:47am 1/29/15 11:47am

Audio: NFL Exec Told Adrian Peterson He Would Get Two-Game Suspension

ABC News has obtained a recording of a phone call between NFL executive Troy Vincent and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, which Peterson's lawyer's claim shows the league promised Peterson a two-game suspension instead of the full-season ban that was handed down and upheld under appeal on Friday. » 12/15/14 8:49am 12/15/14 8:49am

Adrian Peterson: Planned Hearing Was "Inconsistent With The CBA"

Yesterday, Adam Schefter reported that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson bailed on a disciplinary hearing scheduled for last Friday. The NFL claimed they set the meeting because Peterson and the NFLPA kept asking for the matter resolved as quickly as possible. This morning, on the NFLPA's site, Peterson released a… » 11/16/14 10:43am 11/16/14 10:43am

Ray Rice Appeal Won't Be Heard By Roger Goodell

Late last night, the NFLPA officially filed a grievance on behalf of Ray Rice, appealing the indefinite suspension he received hours after tape of him punching out his fiancée was made public—and months after the NFL had decided a two-game suspension was appropriate. It sounds like that disciplinary dissonance is… » 9/17/14 11:03am 9/17/14 11:03am

NFL And Players Agree To New Drug Policies [Update]

The NFLPA voted to approve the NFL's new, less stupid drug testing policies (which also include HGH testing). Reports are that a number of suspended players will be immediately reinstated once this is through, eligible to play this Sunday. » 9/12/14 7:34pm 9/12/14 7:34pm

The NFL Finally Explains Why It Suspended Ray Rice Indefinitely

First, the NFL suspended Ray Rice for two games. Then video came out, which the league pretended it hadn't seen, and the NFL suspended Ray Rice indefinitely. Last we heard, the NFLPA and Rice were still waiting on an official explanation from the league, which was pretty strange. The NFL has to at least tell a guy why… » 9/12/14 12:39pm 9/12/14 12:39pm

Sean Gilbert, Running For NFLPA Head, Proposes 18-Game Season

Sean Gilbert, who played DT for four teams over 12 seasons before retiring in 2003, had announced he will run against DeMaurice Smith for executive director of the NFLPA. In a release today, Gilbert announced his platform—and it begins with nothing less than blowing up the current CBA. » 8/26/14 12:06pm 8/26/14 12:06pm

Two Former NFLers Sue Players' Union Over Concussions

Christian Ballard and Greg Westbrooks have filed a lawsuit against the NFLPA and three of its past presidents, alleging that the union improperly and inaccurately provided information to players about the risk and long-term effects of brain trauma. » 7/18/14 2:37pm 7/18/14 2:37pm

Court Filing: Drew Rosenhaus Bribed DeSean Jackson

Earlier this year, an NFLPA-appointed arbitrator ruled that DeSean Jackson owes former agent Drew Rosenhaus more than half a million in unpaid loans. Jackson is fighting this in court, and in filings made last week, alleged that Rosenhaus illegally paid him to be his client, a payout that included $50,000 in a Louis… » 6/09/14 10:49am 6/09/14 10:49am

NFLPA Comes Out In Support Of College Players' Union

In recent days, high-ranking NCAA and university executives have had op-eds placed in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal arguing against the right of college players to unionize. One of those papers then turned down the NFLPA's attempt to get a response published. » 4/09/14 9:33am 4/09/14 9:33am

Former Player Launches Colossal Twitter Rant Against The NFL

Former safety Hamza Abdullah, who played parts of seven seasons with four different teams, is having a moment on Twitter right now. And much of his ire is profanely directed toward the league, with some reserved for the players' union. » 10/31/13 12:27pm 10/31/13 12:27pm

Why The NFL's New Concussion Protocols Aren't Working

In January, the NFL announced that, starting with the 2013 season, all games would be played with an independent neurologist on the sidelines to assist with the evaluation and treatment of head injuries. It looked like the league had done a good thing. It was establishing a new, unbiased procedure to promote player… » 10/03/13 11:40am 10/03/13 11:40am

NFLPA: Players Will Have To Think Twice About Trusting ESPN

The players' union finds itself in an awkward situation in the wake of a report that the NFL pressured ESPN to back out of an upcoming documentary on player safety. Because, after all, the NFLPA is ESPN's broadcast partner too—the players get 55 percent of TV money. Now a union spokesperson says the players will have… » 8/23/13 12:11pm 8/23/13 12:11pm

HGH Testing Isn't Happening Because No One Trusts Roger Goodell

The NFL and the NFLPA are reportedly close to an agreement on preliminary steps toward HGH testing. The only thing that stands in the way is the fact that the players seriously do not trust Roger Goodell, not in the slightest. » 8/15/13 6:05pm 8/15/13 6:05pm

NFL Pros Go Back to College to Fight for Their Video Game Rights

Two letters and a number. That's all you need to be a household name in college football—or its video game, at least. But this year, when NCAA Football 14 hits shelves on Tuesday, South Carolina's fearsome DE#7 and Texas A&M's do-it-all QB#2 will be joined, for the first time, by active players appearing under their… » 7/07/13 5:00pm 7/07/13 5:00pm

The Chargers' Doctor Is A Drunk Quack. Why Haven't They Fired Him?

The California Medical Board believes that David Chao should lose his medical license. Nearly two dozen former patients who have sued him since 1998—alleging in all the medical superfecta of malpractice, personal injury, negligence, and fraud—would agree. Dissenting: the NFL and the San Diego Chargers, for whom Chao… » 4/24/13 3:38pm 4/24/13 3:38pm