Originally posted by captveg:
On the same day the NFLPA is getting upset about the bounty suspensions - players purposely trying to injure players beyond the normal scope of the game - you have a future HOF player kill themselves and specifically not shoot himself in the head, probably because he wants his brain studied for scientific research.
Yeah, NFLPA has no case.
Disagree. The NFLPA is an advocate. They are tasked with advocating for players, not diving the untold truths of the gumdrop rainbow forest. They can, and will, advocate that the NFL has yet to produce any evidence to the NFLPA showing that the players suspended specifically encouraged injuring other players (possibly because their only evidence is the testimony of players who wish to remain anonymous). Anonymous testimony would be inadmissible in court (you have a constitutional right to confront your accuser, thank goodness). So, if this is dispute were in court, the NFL would have no evidence and the case would be thrown out (unless the NFL produced its witnesses). So, the NFLPA is doing its job on behalf of the players.
The NFLPA can then, on the other hand, argue that the players need more safe guards against concussion and further studies need to be performed.
In an adversarial highly codified system such as ours, you need advocates to protect your rights. And the NFLPA has a case to be made on each side.