Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports writes about the top 5 dumbest things said about the lockout, and our own Mike Brown comes in at #1. Take it away Jason:
1. For the owners, it’s not about the money
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown(notes) proved that making stupid remarks wasn’t limited to the likes of Peterson and Mendenhall. After the CBA negotiations broke off on March 11, Brown criticized the players, telling the Cincinnati Enquirer “It came down to the obvious point that all the union cared about was the money and these other things certainly didn’t matter enough. It’s a tremendous situation that they have and it has become burdensome for the teams. Yes, we’re asking for some relief going forward. I don’t think that was unreasonable.”
Really, Mike? That’s all the players care about – not the owners? That’s right, Mike – owners are simply benevolent people who are in business for only the most altruistic reasons. In fact, if the NFL could come up with a profit-sharing system that assured that all the money went to the players and only the players, the owners would happily do that just to make sure they enriched the lives of the less fortunate.
Oh how I wish Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown were still alive so he could slap his Hall of Lame son. Dear Bengals fans, if you want to understand why you have one of the two or three worst franchises in the NFL, Brown is your reason.
Thank you to the many Comrades who sent this story our way.