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  • NFLPA Sends Threatening Memo To Retired Players Chapters

    Vincent (l) Or Upshaw Could Move To
    Close Down Some Retired Players Chapters
    NFLPA Dir of Retired Players Andre Collins, in a memo dated March 30, “threatens to dissolve any retired chapter deemed guilty of conduct detrimental to the union’s best interests, as well as remove a chapter president,” according to Ken Murray of the Baltimore SUN. The memo states that NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw or NFLPA President Troy Vincent “can initiate proceedings to remove any retired chapter president, the retired players steering committee president or a steering committee member who has engaged in conduct detrimental to the NFLPA.” Upshaw or Vincent “also could move to close down a retired players chapter whose leaders have engaged in detrimental conduct.” NFLPA Dir of Communications Carl Francis: “It’s not really our objective to go out and aggressively close chapters. Our goal is to have everyone on the same page that was agreed on by being part of the retired players association.” Murray notes Bruce Laird, president of the retired Baltimore Colts chapter, over the past three years has organized retired players “in an effort to improve pension benefits” and “keeps lines of communication open” via a blog. Laird said the memo is a warning that if “other people want to speak out for representation in the NFL, it’s looked upon unfavorably.” Former NFLers Abner Haynes and Bernie Parrish also post blogs “about the plight of retired players.” Parrish sued the union in February (Baltimore SUN, 4/17).

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