First of all, the lawsuit in part says that the league broke the labor agreement by not giving the players access to “critical documents…”
Go to the NFLPA website by clicking here. Not only did the league make its evidence available to the players, the players made it available on their website! Is the NFLPA serious? Folks, we aren’t as stupid as DeMaurice Smith apparently thinks we are.
The NFLPA said it asked the NFL for access to Sean Payton, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was alleged to have headed up the program, interim Coach Joe Vitt, former defensive assistant Mike Cerullo, and NFL security personnel Joe Hummel and Jeffrey Miller. It said the league made none of those witnesses available.
Does this make sense to anyone? Why would the league look to prevent witnesses from testifying in the case? Goodell, who if nothing else is good with PR, is not going to make the process even appear to be rigged. It would tarnish his public image far too much. It doesn’t make any sense. Gregg Williams confessed, why wouldn’t he talk again?
What does make sense, is that these witnesses refused to testify. Coaches are always going to stand by their players. Other than under subpoena, coaches aren’t going to sell their own players up the river, even if that coach is already in trouble. It’s not going to happen.
That’s what makes sense, and these lawsuits don’t.