by Brad Biggs
May 30, 02011
Kurt Warner’s comments to USA Today last week raised some eyebrows around the league as the former star quarterback essentially saddled up with ownership in the ongoing labor battle.
Warner remains popular with those he played with and against in the league, so there hasn’t been real backlash against him.
But Chester Pitts, the veteran offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, has responded. He wasn’t real thrilled when he spoke with CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman.
“There were a lot of players I spoke to who were stunned by what he said,” Pitts told Freeman. “I was disappointed. Disappointed is a good word, but disheartening is a better word.
“hat makes this country great is everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not all the players are in lockstep. We have disagreements, but it's disingenuous for Kurt to say those things now that he's retired and wealthy. Not every player is wealthy, and certainly not every retired player has a lot of money.”
Warner pointed out that when it comes to players missing pay checks, that’s when it’s going to get tight. He makes a good point. Many wonder if the players can remain unified if that comes to pass. Players aren’t going broke now. No one is missing out on pay. Fast-forward to mid-September and players will be missing checks.
“Most players are approaching this fight with the long term in mind,” Pitts said. “This is a marathon, not a sprint. Most players feel this way. They're in this for the long fight. As long as it takes.
“There's this perception that the players should capitulate now. We're not suddenly going to start begging the owners. We understand what's at stake just like the owners do. Some of the owners underestimate us.”
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