NFLPA's Smith Said Union Had No Choice But To File Lawsuit, As NFL "Violated" Rules
ALL TEAMS ARE DEFENDANTS: In DC, Mark Maske reported NFLPA officials Thursday confirmed that all 32 NFL teams, including the Redskins and Cowboys, “are defendants in the lawsuit.” Smith said, “If there’s evidence that is developed later on that would demonstrate that any one of those teams did not abide by the conspiracy, then my guess is those teams will make the appropriate assertions and we’ll see where we end up.” When asked if he thinks the evidence indicates the Redskins and Cowboys did not participate in the alleged collusion, Smith said: “My view is the facts that we had justified and supported the complaint that we filed” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/24).
UNHAPPY CAMPER: Smith said that the NFL and the players’ union “are looking for a new candidate to oversee a population study that would be a precursor to players being blood-tested for human growth hormone.” He added that the search "must recommence after a mutually agreeable candidate withdrew from conducting the study.” Smith: “We just recently found out ... the league’s choice to run the population study that we had consented to recently withdrew and said that he wasn’t the right person to get this done. I’m thrilled that the league has made a decision to move forward with the population study. I’m a little frustrated that their selection has now pulled out so that we have to again re-up and try to get this done.” The WASHINGTON POST’s Maske noted the league “had no comment.” But a source said that the league “believes the union’s actions caused the scientist who had agreed to do the population study to withdraw” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/24). USA TODAY’s Jarrett Bell writes, "Seems that anything the NFL suggests these days is a bad idea to Smith” (USA TODAY, 5/25).