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SBD/February 17, 2011/People and Pop Culture
DeMaurice Smith Ready For His "Most Challenging Fight" With The NFL
Published February 17, 2011
READY FOR A FIGHT: One of the ways Smith "tries to determine the power players in the league is by 'poking the elephant' to see the reaction he'll get." Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT said, "The union has so many legal people who aren't business-oriented, in my opinion, that I hope it doesn't prevent us from being able to get a deal done before March 4. I've had some sense that De is a dealmaker. I understand there's a lot of posturing going on, but in the end I hope his strong business instincts come out." Trotter notes Smith's "willingness to challenge the NFL publicly and keep the sides in litigation is considered a breach of protocol within league circles." But while some "wonder if he's simply trying to make a name for himself on the way to political office," others believe that he "should not be taken lightly" (SI, 2/21 issue).