The most recent NFL Lockout was in 2011, when the league, the owners and the players were involved in four-month lockout.
The lockout was imposed by the owners of the 32 teams and during the duration, that meant the players were locked out from their team facilities, no free agency, training camps, and absolutely no team doctors.
Now in 2016, Pittsburgh Steelers player rep. Ramon Foster is speaking out and trying to get his fellow player to start saving before 2021 is here.
He’s advising to start now because the collective bargaining agreement expires after the end of the 2020 season and Foster is saying, “Hit them in the pocket. That way, money always talks. For us to do that, we have to save on our end. We can’t be just blowing money and not realize what’s coming, especially with guys coming into the league now.”
Ramon Foster’s teammate, Le’Veon Bell has been suspended for three games due to missed drug test where he appealed the ruling and received a reduced suspension from four to three games. In a Twitter rant, Bell admitted to smoking pot in 2014, then recanted and admitted to dinner with BALCO reps, then recanted…
Foster said, “There are bigger issues than pot.”
He’s also saying that the NFL players face a different issue with the drug policy, different then baseball or basketball players face.
He’s saying all this because when the 2020 season ends, there are a lot of issues to bring to the table once their collective bargaining agreement is expired… “It’s coming. They’ve hired certain people on their legal team, the NFL has, and we have to be the type of players and union that’s not borrowing money from the banks and stuff like that to survive a lockout, a strike,” Foster said.
“That can’t happen this time around. We have to be smarter this time around because there are a lot of things we’re going to be fighting for and a lot of things they are going to want and we’re going to want, too.”
Even their QB Ben Roethlisberger said, “we don’t always know what’s going on with the process, and the NFL often does things that none of us have answers for.”
Foster said that for other leagues, they deal with these issues “in-house” and it’s news that doesn’t always appear on ESPN, Fox, etc…, but for NFL players, you’ll find out the second the results and suspension hits the fan.
“Every situation has been different. Not one person has had the same penalty,” Foster said regarding the drug testing suspensions and the appeals for the NFL players. “It’s always how the person is feeling who’s handing down the execution. It needs to be refined. It can’t just go through one person.”
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