Kyle Vanden Bosch says misinformation in Goodell's letter
It’s hard to imagine the NFL labor situation would not be resolved – or awful close to it – if the two sides spent as much time negotiating as they did questioning, criticizing and outright ripping the other party’s approach.
You’d like to believe the owners and players will get to the negotiating table before their appointed court date of April 6, but judging by how little trust there is in this process to this point, that seems like a mighty longshot.
Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, the team’s representative to the trade group known as the NFLPA, didn’t believe everything he read in the letter from commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday.
“It was surprising,” Vanden Bosch said during an appearance on Sirius NFL Radio, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I didn’t expect it. I think it was the first email I got from Mr. Goodell. It was shocking and there was just a lot of things in that email that didn’t seem to be accurate with the things we had been talking about in our meetings and the information that we received.
“It seems likes there’s a lot of misinformation out there and I think it’s just important that the players, especially, understand the facts.”
Goodell is pushing the players to get back to the bargaining table, but they don’t believe everything that he laid out in his letter, particularly as it applies to the final offer that was on the table.
“The players before us that have gone through labor problems in the past made sacrifices and made this game great,” Vanden Bosch said. “I think it will be the unity amongst the players that will help this going forward.”
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