Is DeMaurice Smith director of the NFLPA the Gulf Oil spill to the NFL Players Association?

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Is DeMaurice Smith director of the NFLPA the Gulf Oil spill to the NFL Players Association?

Just this week, two very powerful old friends of DeMaurice Smith’s were quoted saying some rather bazaar things.  The first old friend; President Obama and the second Smith’s former boss Attorney General Eric Holder were quoted saying as far “As the Gulf oil spill is concerned we will keep our boots on the throats of the British Petroleum Executives.”

The Obama Administration could have just as easily said, “We are aware of the severe nature of this incident and are ready to stand side by side and lend full assistance until this spill is contained”; but no, even though the US Government has complete regulatory power they choose to take no responsibility, stand above the fray and jam their boot down on some throats.

Mr. Smith was chosen as the Director  for the NFLPA specifically due to his close ties to Obama and other high government officials.  Given that fact it is not surprising that Smith stated in Feb. 2010 without hesitation, “there is a 140% chance of a player lockout in 2011.”  Instead of saying something like ”We are ready to stand side by side with the NFL owners groups to stop this spill”. Instead extending an olive branch of common interests and negotiation he chose to be confrontational.  As a lover of American football as well as a huge Redskins fan there seems to be a strange sense of déjà vu and doom in the air surrounding the NFL’s near future.  With out much warning we could soon see a rainbow colored sheen across the gulf of the NFL.


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