Lord knows I applaud the NFLPA for supporting the suspended Saints players, but their argument in today's suit highlights how they failed during the CBA negotiations.
The Associated press is reporting "The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling Commissioner Roger Goodell 'incurably and evidently biased.'"
Basically the players association says that the CBA grants the commissioner the authority to be an impartial judge. By convicting the players in public before hearing from them, the commissioner can no longer claim to be objective.
NFLPA's George Atallah made the case in an interview on Mike and Mike this morning. Atallah said that when the NFLPA agreed to hand Goodell all the power, the players association expected the commissioner to be impartial.
As a practical matter, it's true. Once he has staked his reputation on claims that the Saints were wayward, it is no longer in Commissioner Roger Goodell's interest to reverse his decision. He can't be objective.
That leads me to the obvious question: Why in the the world would you expect the man who works for the owners to be impartial?
With all due respect, protecting the players is the NFLPA's job. Expecting the commissioner would do anything but represent the NFL's interest is naive.
I appreciate the valiant fight to stop the NFL's abuse of power, but this should have happened last summer.