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  • Published: Jul 7th, 2014
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It is time for the NFLPA to help suspended players.

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Tonight Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I will discuss this issue and others at 6PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

The players pay the NFLPA a lot of money. Now is the time for the association to step up to do something for the suspended players like Josh Gordon.

The current NFL rules allow absolutely no contact at all between a suspended player and his team. Suspended players need more support than those on the active roster. A player like Gordon, who was already expected to be suspended for a substantial part of the 2014 season, has gotten into trouble when he is away from the structure of football. He was arrested for a DWI while he was waiting for his appeal of a suspension for a failed test. The chances are slim for him getting any relief on the drug test failure given his DWI.

Players tend to hang around with their old friends. When they have issues with failed drug tests, it often is in part due to the people around. The proof of this is the friend with weed found by police when Gordon was stopped over the Memorial Day weekend. Without the ability to get help from the team, the NFLPA needs to step in and fill the hole.

As for Gordon, rehab is the only way for him to save his career and his life. I doubt he is ready to admit he has a problem that requires rehab. But unless he gets the help he needs, he won’t survive. At this point the most important issue is Gordon’s health not his career. I tweeted that I doubt he will ever play again for the Browns. The chances of him staying clean for a year or more without a strong support system are very slim. He will likely drift back to his old friends and his old ways.

The issue is simple. Gordon cares more about his weed and liquor than he does about football. That is too bad. But it looks like he cares more about his vices than he does his life. That is a crisis.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: May 30th, 2012
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Bob Grant’s update on the retired player issues.

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I wanted to share an update to the retired players with my readers.

Bob Grant will be joining us on Monday June 4 to bring us up to date on the issues that face retired players.  Please join me in supporting our retired players.  It was on their backs and their bodies that the NFL that we all love was built.

 

Communique on Retired Player Progress

Fellow Retired Players,

Just a moment to bring you up to speed on a few recent events.

The Independent Retired Player Summit, held in Las Vegas Last week was great.  Under the new format it was the best that we have had.  The Lawyers and Doctors presenting were allowed twenty minutes to introduce themselves and then given time to conduct individual workshops.  All gave great, interesting, informative and compact presentations.  The Players and Wives were given two hours each day for forums and discussion.  If you were unable to attend I can tell you that they were fantastic.  More than a dozen of them agreed to serve on a committee to work toward Improvement and Advancement of Retired Player Affairs and encouraging ALL Retired Players, from every quarter, to do the same , regardless of their affiliation.  Please be advised that no one elected the members of this Committee.  They are just volunteers and their hope is that you will join them in their future efforts to work toward Advancement and Improvement of our affairs..

Finally, the Courts seem to have rejected us in our attempt to get the NFLPA to pay everyone who was not included in the Parrish/Adderly Lawsuit.  While the NFLPA seems very pleased at getting to keep the money that should have been paid to you, the fact remains that they stole and sold Retired Players’ images and identities and sold them without compensating you.  The 2062 men that the Court forced them to pay in 2010 received up to $14,700.00 per man.  We will continue to pursue them until they pay you for what they did. 

We will also continue to work to get our one, two and three year man vested.  There are some who fail to realize that we are working for them in all that we do.  Hopefully they will see that all of our Advocates and Activist deserve their support.

This isn’t baseball where you are only allowed three (3) strikes and you are out.  We get to continue swinging until we are where we want to be.

 

Sincerely,

Bob Grant

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Dave Pear, former Raider, announces IFV-TV.

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This is a reprint of Dave Pear’s blog post of 4/18.  We thank him for appearing on NNR several times.  We also thank him for all the work he and others have done to help those that built the NFL to the 10 billion dollar a year business it has become.

View the conference live at .

First of all, we want to thank every one of our readers for their patience. We’ve been intentionally quiet in holding back until the last minute to announce more about our Second Annual Independent Football Veterans Conference coming up this weekend in Las Vegas. A lot of our readers have been checking in and many of you (friends and others) have been anxiously looking for more details on our panel discussion topics.

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Tonight at 6;20 PM EDT Samantha Burton Indians beat writer for the Bleacher Report and I will discuss the Indians season and some of the prospects that might be contributing to the Tribe next season.

Then we have a mystery guest that will join us.  This is someone you will want to hear.  I am very thankful that he has agreed to join us.

Then at 7:20 Tim Bielik the Ohio State  beat writer for the Bleacher Report joins me
to talk about the Toledo game and preview Saturdays game at Miami.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Tonight at 6:15 PM EDT 615 Joe Reedy Bengals beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer and I will preview the Browns Bengals game.

Kenny Becks of 1stDownScouting.com joins me to discuss the game and the Browns’ prospects for 2011.

At 7:20 John Upstone of www.3dailywinners.com and I will talk about the other games coming up in both college and the pros.

 

Join us by logging on to http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

Please also visit Mr. Eller’s group website and sign up for the free newsletter.

 

Also please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ and let the NFL and NFLPA know how you feel about the needs  of the retired players.  Thank you in
advance.

 

I would like to thank Miller Beer  for their support of our military.  They
donate 10 cents for each bottle cap or pull tab returned to them to give our
best and bravest tickets to games and other diversions which they so badly
need.

 

Also we support the USO for all they do in taking  care of not only our military around the world but also the loved ones of  military families with the everyday issues they face with a Mother or Dad away  from home protecting us all.

For replays of recent shows, check out archives of  our shows on the VoiceBase player at http://fryingpansports.com/ .

After my show join our listener TubbyDawg for his show on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tubbydawgsportstalk.

Also join my friend Dactar on his pre-game show Sunday  at 12:15 PM EDT on http://www.blogtv.com/People/dactar .

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of  several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color  on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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At 6:20 PM EDT Samantha Burton Indians beat  writer for the Bleacher Report joins me to perform a post-mortem on the Indian’s  chances of winning the AL Central title.

Then at 7:20 Daryl Rider the Browns reporter for 92.3  the Fan joins me to talk about the team and his new station affiliation.  We may talk a little about the old DSN days  as well.

Join us by logging on to http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife  Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on  NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

Please also visit Mr. Eller’s group website and sign up for the free newsletter.

Also please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ and let the NFL and NFLPA know how you feel about the needs  of the retired players.  Thank you in advance.

I would like to thank Miller Beer  for their support of our military.  They  donate 10 cents for each bottle cap or pull tab returned to them to give our  best and bravest tickets to games and other diversions which they so badly  need.

Also we support the USO for all they do in taking  care of not only our military around the world but also the loved ones of  military families with the everyday issues they face with a Mother or Dad away  from home protecting us all. For replays of recent shows, check out archives of  our shows on the VoiceBase player at http://fryingpansports.com/ .

Bill Smith is a former coach of  several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color  on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.

He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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