Skip to comments.[Socialist] Union complaints prompt cancellation of Raiders workouts
Posted on 06/16/2007 2:04:00 AM PDT by GOP_Raider
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders canceled the final week of their offseason training program Friday after complaints from the NFL players' union about the intensity of the practices.
In a brief statement, coach Lane Kiffin said the players' union believes the Raiders' offseason program violated league rules on practice standards.
"The union has complained about the high level of intensity, player aggressiveness and fast pace of our practices and, as a result, has taken away the final week of our offseason program," said Kiffin, the NFL's youngest and least experienced head coach.
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Jeez, only unions would complain about something like this.
In the meantime this is a good indication of why college coaches experience so little succes when they go to the pros.
Wheres Kiffin from?
NFL Ping consideration.
(BTW, your Red Sox put on a clinic last night against my Giants. Now we know what $120 million or so can buy someone—Barry Zito, for better or worse. :( ).
I no longer have to worry about not knowing all their stats...
I don't even have to remember their names,
their current standings,
where they are from this week,
(I start to lose track after El Segundo)...
It's all just too intense.
If were the coach I would look at cutting the whiners. If they do not want to practice hard then they probably do not want to play hard.
Reading the Raiders board I frequent about this topic, a few posters seem to believe that it’s entirely possible some slack ass on the roster ran to the player’s union to complain. Others have blamed the drive-by media in the Bay Area because they were the ones that found this out initially.
At any rate, if it were up to me, I would make it a point that anyone that did whine about it to send their resumes to In N Out burger by the close of business on Monday.
“Jeez, only unions would complain about something like this.”
Why is it so important to you, that you had to whine about it here on FR?
Do you so enjoy hearing reports of professional athletes, in practice, inflicting injuries on their own team members, or on themselves, that you now feel deprived of your pleasure?
Why did you post a reply?
I’m a union member, and your pointed anti-union bias is offensive.
What is your interest in this matter? The well being of the players doesn’t seem to be on your agenda.
Somebody took exception to volunteers getting 'extra credit'?
"We(they) no longer will be wearing helmets or pads. The game of football has become too brutal and we will be replacing said equipment with dresses and flags. No longer will we(they) have to practice, but instead we'll bring in a fashion expert to dress our players in the most stylish mid calf dresses. In keeping with this new and friendlier play, practices are canceled, unless it is an air conditioned confine. Sweating will not be allowed!"
Aren't unions great?
The union leaders need to be tied down and forced to watch the movie “North Dallas 40”. Football the way it was meant to be.
“Now poot, don’t you pee in my whirlpool bath... don’t do it”!
That's a rather ironic statement to read here on FR.
If you look around on youtube, you can find video of Nick Saban making an NFL player cry in training camp.
I believe the NFLPA has every reason to complain about this. These off-season workouts are supposed to be “voluntary” under players’ contracts, but they’ve ppretty much become “mandatory” for most teams. This has long been a bone of contention between teams and the NFLPA, and will probably get resolved only when the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is updated.
My comment is only relevant in that when a college coach accepts a 5 million a year salary to go to the pros, then gets to "boss" guys making 2 or 3 times as much as he is and who are somewhat older than the "student athletes" and less "bossable," it proves difficult...
It reminds me of a video clip I saw in the mid 1980’s after the Raiders moved to L.A. It showed Marcus Allen and Frank Hawkins in a fancy salon getting a manicure.
This story is a bogus sham to make Upshaw look good, there is no doubt whatsoever that the raiders are cooperating in a scam story that BS to help Upshaw.
I guess favors do get repaid in raider nation.
What a bunch of pansies.
I guess a rookie head coach should learn to stay within league rules. But if players on a 2-14 team think a mini-camp is too hard, imagine how they’ll feel during the regular season when they meet a playoff-caliber team.
As a former union member for over 20 years I am offended by unions. They work hard to make the mediocre equal to the exceptional. Unions are a sore on the back of hard working Americans. I am also bias.
“I am also bias.”
Yup, and, I think, also sour grape.
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