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December 9, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman rips NFL over player conduct policy

One NFL story to watch this week comes Wednesday when the owners may vote on a new player personal conduct policy.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was one of four players who took part in a media conference call today give the players’ side of this — Sherman is the new player rep for the Seahawks (it had been Michael Robinson).

Sherman and the other players (including NFLPA president Eric Winston, who was briefly  a Seahawk this summer) contend that personal conduct policy should be part of the collective bargaining process and not something for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners to decide on their own.

“We would hope that this process would be collectively bargained just like everything else in our league and just like every other decision that is made,” Sherman said. “But at this point we haven’t seen it so … we are trying to figure out how they are deciding to make decisions without our input and it’s frustrating.”

Sherman also spoke about a greater frustration among players with how the league handles its general business.

“This league, the revenue, the money is generated by on-the-field actions and what the players do,” Sherman said. “A lot of times you hear the owners say we are partners in this business. We are partners. I think both sides should have an opinion, and that’s not just on drug policies but it has to do with a team in LA (Los Angeles), personal conduct. I think every time a decision is made the players should have input on it and I think the way the NFL is making things up as they go along is poor management and players won’t stand for it …. we are expected to be professionals in everything we do and execute at a high level and we expect the same thing from the guys running our league.”

Here’s more background on the issue from Fox Sports.

 

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