DeMaurice Smith Sold Out Aqib TalibAugust 25th, 2011
In an eye-opening column by good guy Maoist Michael Silver, he details on Yahoo! Sports exactly why Bucs troubled cornerback Aqib Talib was summoned to the Park Avenue chambers of NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell for Talib’s alleged involvement in a Texas pistol whipping and attempted shooting this spring.
Per Silver, in the final minutes of the asinine lockout when the new CBA talks were wrapping up, Goodell insisted on lording over players he deemed incorrigible despite the fact that players were locked out, prevented from stepping foot on any NFL or team property, and players and their families denied health benefits.
And what did Smith do when Goodell demanded authority to sentence players while locked out? Per Silver, Smith caved.
It doesn’t surprise me that Goodell is eager to ignore the absurdity of this position. I understand why the commissioner wants to “protect the shield” and ensure that those players whose actions he feels tarnished the league’s brand face harsh consequences. However, when he presumably informed Smith of this as the final stages of CBA negotiations were playing out, the union leader’s answer should have been, “I’m sure you do want to punish them. Well, you and the owners should have considered that before you locked us out.”
I don’t know for a fact that Smith didn’t object, but if he did, he should have fought harder. The mere fact that Goodell summoned Britt and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib to his office is a sign that the union went too soft on this issue. It may have been a lot worse than that: One source familiar with the negotiations claims Goodell, before resolving the issue of whether personal conduct violators during the lockout could be disciplined, “wanted eight names off the top who would definitely get punished, and apparently he got his way.”
Wow. It seems Goodell has been out to sentence Talib for some time now.
This does not bode well for Talib, nor the Bucs.
This smells to Joe like a nasty, ugly, lengthy suspension.