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SBD/Issue 197/Leagues & Governing Bodies
NFLPA Exec Dir Smith Educating Players On Business Of Football
Published July 1, 2009
|Smith Has Been Meeting With
Players The Past Two Months
PERCY GRANTED NO MERCY: NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported Vikings first-round draft pick WR Percy Harvin was excused from attending the NFL’s Rookie Symposium due to an illness. Wyche: "Harvin tried for most of the day to get here … but was given some medicine and told to stay home and rest. He is excused, but he is going to have to attend the Rookie Symposium next year because this is a mandatory session by the NFL.” Harvin is “very concerned about his image,” and despite his illness, he "thinks people are trying to take some of the things that happened to him at the University of Florida and at the Combine and lump them into a negative light” ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 6/30).
JUDGE AND JURY: With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly thinking about an indefinite suspension for WR Plaxico Burress for his felony gun charges, PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio reported there is a sense that QB Michael Vick's possible reinstatement "will hinge primarily if not exclusively on whether he can convince Goodell that [he] deserves a second chance." Florio wrote if Goodell "believes that stiff suspensions for Burress and/or Vick are required, then stiff suspensions will be imposed" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 6/29). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "This is not about morality police, it's not about trying to be a tough cop. It's about business. At the end of the day it's about business and Michael Vick right now is bad for the business of the NFL." FanHouse.com's Jay Mariotti: "The stance he's taking against problem children to me (is) the biggest thing a commissioner has done in professional sports in a long time. He sets his own rules" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/30). Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan: "Roger Goodell has clearly established himself as a strict law and order commissioner. In his view, playing in the NFL is a privilege" ("PTI," ESPN, 6/30).