NFLPA Encourages Top Draft Picks to No Show on Draft Day - Page 2
It seems like an easy choice, to me, on what the draftees should do. Do they want to go to Radio City Music Hall to hear their name called, come out and put their face and endorsement on an NFL who's commissioner is trying to take their money and locking them out to prevent them from making a living? To meet the team executives who drafted them; the same executives who represent the owner of the team that drafted them who a part of the group that is pulling the strings on Goodell's lockout to lower their wages?
Or do they have their moment with their fellow union members who support their rights and benefits as a player in the NFL, the executive director of the NFLPA who is at legal war with the NFL and its owners to secure their future earnings as a paid athlete?
Roger Goodell has, of course, denounced the move by the players and says he's disappointed in their action for the sake of the draftees. Goodell told the media in response to the news that the NFLPA would host their own draft party for the top picks and coerce them to attend it instead of the normally scheduled NFL draft, "I think it's a shame for young men that are starting their careers in the NFL, that are having that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come across the stage, become an NFL player for the first time," Goodell told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "It's a really special moment and I hope they get to experience it."
It was first reported Monday that the NFLPA was pronouncing a full boycott of the NFL's draft and in an early polling, it showed that fans agreed with Goodell and that the NFLPA's idea to circumvent the draft tradition with their own event was not favored by 72% who voted. Atallah, hopped to his twitter account pretty quickly to put out the negative PR fire. In a series of tweets Atallah told fans, "Lots of interesting commentary on the possible NFL Draft issue. Fans rightfully frustrated. We will set the record straight today."
"Let me also correct the record: the NFLPA is not asking anyone to 'boycott' anything. NFL Draft in particular."
"The NFL Draft is special. Players and their families will be in NYC. It just maybe different. We will provide details when we can."
"I have been careful about what I can say on the record given our post-lockout world. There is a lot of frustration out there from everyone."
"The anger is palatable, but stick with us, we will be return to our positive message. We will get back to focusing on the good."Continued on the next page