Athletes’ union criticizes Northwestern appeal

WASHINGTON – The College Athletes Players Association is criticizing Northwestern University's argument for overturning a ruling that would allow the school's football players to unionize.

Northwestern is appealing a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board who said that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

CAPA says Northwestern "has not established grounds for review of the regional director's factfinding." Wednesday's filing also attacks other parts of the appeal.

The players are set to vote by secret ballot April 25 on whether to form a union. CAPA would represent them.

The Evanston, Ill.-based university argues in the appeal that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as students first."

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Union beats Minnesota for first hockey title

PHILADELPHIA – Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Mike Vecchione tied it at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchmen the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.

"I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore," said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists. "These guys, my brothers, they do everything for me. I don't care about anything else, we're national champions."

Max Novak, Kevin Sullivan and Mat Bodie also scored and Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union (32-6-4), the 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., that competes in Division III in all other sports.

"A little bit speechless right now," third-year coach Rick Bennett said. "Just happy for our school, for this program and the past players. It's an unbelievable experience."

Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching scored for Minnesota (28-7-6). Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots for the five-time champion Gophers.

"Both teams are better defensively than a 7-4 score shows," said Bodie, the Union captain. "It's just one of those games where crazy bounces happen. We just wanted to stick with our process. We thought we were playing pretty well and great things happened."

Cammarata pulled Minnesota within one with the lone goal in the second period, but Novak restored the two-goal cushion on a deflection at 5:31 of the third.

Fasching cut it to 5-4 with a power-play goal with 3:40 left. Sullivan put it away with 1:22 to go, and Bodie scored into an empty net with 44.2 seconds remaining.

Union College Dutchmen

The Union College Dutchmen went 16-0-1 in their last 17 games en route to their first-ever NCAA hockey title.

"Just one shift at a time," Bodie said. "This is the biggest game of our lives, hands down, but you've got to treat it like any other game. It was tough, I had people texting me, people calling me and stuff, and, you know, it was real tough to keep that mindset, but with our sport psychologist we were able to get that done."

Kloos opened the scoring on a rebound 2:37 into the first period. Gostisbehere responded for Union by weaving through three opponents and beating Wilcox with a wrist shot to glove side at 9:26. Less than a minute later, Warning squeaked a bad-angle shot between Stevens and the pipe to put Minnesota up 2-1.

Union won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. Ciampini scored three goals in the Dutchmen's 5-4 victory over Boston College in the semifinals Thursday night.

The Dutchmen have competed in Division I since 1991-92.

Minnesota lost for the seventh time in the title game. The Gophers were making their first appearance in the championship game since winning its second straight title in 2003.

NOTES: Union last met Minnesota in 2010-11, when it won 3-2 in Minneapolis. The overall series is tied 2-2.. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dropped the ceremonial first puck. Holmgren played for the 1974-75 Minnesota team that lost to Michigan Tech in the national title game… The 2015 Frozen Four will be played at TD Garden in Boston.


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UND, Union, Friars, Ferris survive and advance

CINCINNATI – Mark MacMillan was standing his ground in front of the goal when the puck caromed off his side and into the net. His deflection set up an NCAA tournament upset.

MacMillan's goal broke a tie with 1:44 to go, and North Dakota added a pair of open-net goals in the final minute Friday night, pulling away to a 5-2 victory over top-seeded Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional semifinals.

No. 3 North Dakota (24-13-3) will face second-seeded Ferris State for the regional title Saturday and a trip to the Frozen Four. Ferris State beat Colgate 1-0 in the other semifinal.

The seven-time national champions got an at-large berth when Wisconsin (24-11-2) beat Ohio State for the Big Ten title, eliminating the Buckeyes. North Dakota then knocked out its longtime rival with three late goals, the most important one coming quite by chance.

Brendan O'Donnell shot from the right wing, and the rising puck hit MacMillan and went past goaltender Joel Rumpel for a 3-2 lead.

"I was just trying to go to the net," MacMillan said. "It just went off my side and bounced into the net. Bit of a lucky one, but we'll take it."

The goal was reviewed to see whether the puck deflected off MacMillan's raised stick or whether he had interfered with Rumpel.

"The ref did come over and say the North Dakota player did not bump your goaltender," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "It hit him and it went in."

Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute, giving him three goals in the game and ending the latest installment of a long-standing hockey rivalry.

It was the 164th game between the schools. They've met three times in the NCAA tournament, and North Dakota has won all three – 5-2 in the 1982 title game and 3-2 in overtime in a 2008 regional final.

Union 5, Vermont 2

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Max Novak and Matt Hatch each scored two goals to help top-seeded Union beat Vermont 5-2 on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA East Regional.

Mat Bodie also scored for Union, which came into the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in program history after winning the ECAC tournament for the third straight season. Kevin Sullivan added three assists and Daniel Carr had two for the Dutchman (29-6-4).

Chris McCarthy had two goals for Vermont (20-15-3), which was making its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

Union is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games.

The Catamounts took eight penalties, and Union converted three times on special teams.

The Dutchmen got on the board 4:15 into the game with a short-handed goal. Hatch went almost end-to-end unimpeded, skating down the right half-wall before cutting into the slot and beating goalie Brody Hoffman to the glove side.

"That really got the bench going," Bodie said. "Special teams often dictate who wins, and I thought our special teams did it tonight."

Vermont tied in the period when McCarthy went behind the Union net, threw the puck in front and saw it ricochet back to him for an easy shot past Colin Stevens, who made 23 saves. Hoffman had 34 for Vermont.

Union took the lead back just more than a minute later with a power-play goal. Carr's slap shot rebounded to Sullivan, who found Novak to the left of the goalie. Novak backhanded it into the net from his knees.

Carr played give-and-go with Novak on the power play to give the Dutchman a 3-1 lead in the second. Novak's pass back to Carr hit the stick of Vermont's Yvan Pattyn and into the net.

"We were moving the puck well, but more importantly we were winning the battles down low, and that's a huge component to the power play," Novak said.

Bodie made it 4-1 on a 4-on-1 rush after taking a pass from Sullivan in front of the net.

Vermont cut the deficit to two goals on a backhander by McCarthy at 13:19 of the third. But Hatch got his second goal on an empty net to put the game away.

"Our kids played their hearts out, but just took too many penalties," said Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, who coached Union from 1999 to 2003.

The Dutchmen, who lost to Quinnipiac in last year's regional championship game in Providence, will face the Friars, winners of Friday's second East Regional game, on Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four.

"We're very honored to be going to that game," coach Rick Bennett said.

Providence 4, Quinnipiac 0

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Jon Gillies made 37 saves, and third-seeded Providence beat second-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 on Friday night in an NCAA East Region semifinal.

Mark Jankowski, Anthony Florentino, Shane Luke and Trevor Mingoia scored for Providence (22-10-6). The Friars led 1-0 after the first and scored three second-period goals.

That was more than enough with Gillies in net.

"It's unbelievable when you have a goalie like Jon behind you," Jankowski said. "If we bend a little too much, we have Jon back there to help us out."

The Friars will play top-seeded Union on Saturday in the regional championship game. The Dutchmen beat Vermont 5-2 in the first semifinal.

The game will pit Providence coach Nate Leaman against the program he led from 2003 to 2011 and former assistant Rick Bennett, a former Friars star.

"I think once the puck is dropped, I don't think anyone on the ice is going to think about it," Leaman said. "It's one game to see who advances. That's our goal, and there's really nothing that's going to distract me or the team, I think, from that."

Providence is making its first tournament appearance since 2001. It last won an NCAA game during a three-game first-round series with Minnesota in 1991.

Michael Garteig made 22 saves for Quinnipiac, which finished the season 24-10-6, a year after making it to the national championship game.

"It was a different game out there than what we've been used to all year," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "There was a lot of obstruction and hooking and holding, and we've got to find a way to fight through it a little bit better."

Ferris State 1, Colgate 0

CINCINNATI – C.J. Motte got past his rough weekend with an NCAA tournament shutout.

The Ferris State junior goalie turned away 35 shots Friday, making Gerald Mayhew's power-play goal midway through the first period hold up for a 1-0 victory over Colgate in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (29-10-3) advanced to the Midwest Regional final, where they will meet North Dakota, by pulling off their sixth shutout of the season, their fifth with Motte in goal.

The Bulldogs finished the season by giving up eight goals in two games at the WCHA Final Five championship last weekend. Coach Bob Daniels thought it had more to do with leaky defense in front of Motte than with the goalie himself.

Both were solid Friday, repeatedly turning away a Colgate (20-14-5) team that had more shots on goal but couldn't get one to go in.

"He's always good," defenseman Scott Czarnowczan said of his goalie. "He might have been better today."

Motte made two impressive stops during a power play in the third period. He also made a glove save on Spiro Goulakos' slap shot with 1:37 to go. Colgate's Tyson Spink was called for cross checking with 57.9 seconds left, allowing Ferris State to finish it off on a power play.

"We just didn't get a bounce tonight," Goulakos said.

Colgate freshman goaltender Charlie Finn was solid Friday, stopping 26 shots. Mayhew flipped the puck over his leg from in front of the goal for the only score.

Mayhew, a freshman forward, had a pair of goals at the Final Five championship last weekend, including the game winner during a 5-4 victory over Anchorage Alaska.

"He's played well as of late," Daniels said. "Gerald's got a very quick stick. You could see the chances coming more and more."

Once he scored, it was a matter of holding on.

"They played their game," Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "They did a great job defending the lead when they got it."


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Northwestern players want union

Kain Colter displayed APU on his uniform to draw attention to the NCPA movement.
(USATSI)Kain Colter displayed APU on his uniform during the season to draw attention to the NCPA movement. (USATSI)
Fowler: Long ignored by NCAA, players ready for a fight Kain Colter and a group of Northwestern players are beginning the process of forming a labor union to represent college athletes.

According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of the players with the National Labor Relations Board.

If the group is certified by the NLRB, it will be called the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Huma, Colter and former UMass basketball player Luke Bonner created the group with support from the United Steelworkers. More details, via OTL:

"This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table, " said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker, who created the NCPA as an advocacy group in 2001. "Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections. "

Huma told "Outside The Lines" that the move to unionize players at Northwestern started with quarterback Kain Colter, who reached out to him last spring and asked for help in giving athletes representation in their effort to improve the conditions under which they play NCAA sports. Colter became a leading voice in regular NCPA-organized conference calls among players from around the country.

Huma, Colter and the NCPA organized the "All Players United" movement in the 2013 season that resulted in several players from Northwestern, Georgia and Georgia Tech displaying #APU on their uniforms.

Huma told OTL that the goals of CAPA will be the same as the NCPA; looking for representation in the decision-making process of college athletics to improve conditions for student-athletes. The group has advocated for multi-year scholarships and has called for guaranteed scholarships for players who can no longer compete due to injury or medical issues.

"A lot of people will think this is all about money; it's not, " Colter told the

Chicago Tribune

on Tuesday morning. "We're asking for a seat at the table to get our voice heard. "


Colter to Trib on unionizing: “We're not expecting a decision to be made right away. It might.. go all the way to the Supreme Court. ”

— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) January 28, 2014


Leaders of the NCPA and CAPA will hold a press conference Tuesday in downtown Chicago to discuss the petition and unionization efforts.


According to NCPAnow. org, the group has 11 specific goals.

1. Minimize college athletes' brain trauma risks.

2. Raise the scholarship amount.

4. Increase graduation rates.


5. Protect educational opportunities for student-athletes in good standing.


6. Prohibit universities from using a permanent injury suffered during athletics as a reason to reduce/eliminate a scholarship.

7. Establish and enforce uniform safety guidelines in all sports to help prevent serious injuries and avoidable deaths.

8. Eliminate restrictions on legitimate employment and players ability to directly benefit from commercial opportunities.

9. Prohibit the punishment of college athletes that have not committed a violation.

10. Guarantee that college athletes are granted an athletic release from their university if they wish to transfer schools.

11. Allow college athletes of all sports the ability to transfer schools one time without punishment.

Previously, the NCPA flew a banner over the Rose Bowl before the BCS National Championship game that read "All Players United for Concussion Reform. Wake Up NCAA! "

The NCAA responded Tuesday, in a statement from Donald Remy, chief legal officer: "This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.

"Many student athletes are provided scholarships and many other benefits for their participation. There is no employment relationship between the NCAA, its affiliated institutions or student-athletes.

"Student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act. We are confident the National Labor Relations Board will find in our favor, as there is no right to organize student-athletes. "

Northwestern subsequently issued its own statement, saying in part: "We are pleased to note that the Northwestern students involved in this effort emphasized that they are not unhappy with the University, the football program or their treatment here, but are raising the concerns because of the importance of these issues nationally.

"Northwestern believes that our student-athletes are not employees and collective bargaining is therefore not the appropriate method to address these concerns. However, we agree that the health and academic issues being raised by our student-athletes and others are important ones that deserve further consideration. "

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Report: Players Trying to force A-Rod out the Door

A-Rod's union-mates do not want him around any longer.

(USATSI)A-Rod's union-mates do not want him around anymore.
MORE: A-Rod suspended 162 games | Last of A-Rod? | Yankees now have cash, clearness
the particular dust has mostly resolved following Alex Rodriguez's report 162-game suspension. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's ruling was introduced 10 days ago, and since after that A-Rod's camp has submitted suit seeking an injuction that would overturn the suspension system. Both MLB and the MLB Players' Association were called in the suit.


According to Jeff Passan and Tim Brown associated with Yahoo! Sports, several partnership members – Rodriguez's other players – asked regardless of whether he could be expelled from the MLBPA following the lawsuit. Here are some information:

On a conference call associated with perhaps 40 players plus board members held january. 13 from 4: thirty p. m. to 6 g. m., outraged union users repeatedly requested that Rodriguez be expelled, sources stated. Following a roll call associated with players present on the line, according to one participant and an additional familiar with the call, the first gamer to speak asked bluntly: Can we kick him out of the partnership?

recommended by union leadership that was not possible, more players however expressed the same opinion. Not a single member defended Rodriguez, one player said, in a forum where there are frequent arguments.


"That's what everyone was thinking, inch the player said. "We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our own game and we don't would like you in it. '"


A-Rod included MLBPA in the match claiming the union "completely abdicated its responsibility" in order to him. Late union main Michael Weiner was also charged of failing to properly symbolize A-Rod. It was harsh yet legally necessary – Rodriguez had zero chance of getting the ruling overturned in a federal government court without claiming the particular union didn't help your pet during his appeal listening to.

But , naturally, members of the partnership felt betrayed following the legal action. A-Rod had turned on their fellow players.

"It's past disappointment, " said a player involved in union leadership who was on the conference call. "What brought it beyond dissatisfaction was the fact he's your house the union. Guys realize people make bad choices, they lie when they may embarrassed or trying to prevent punishment. Those are human being qualities. Guys understand. But what made guys incensed will be he would bring a match against the union. "

"When he will get up to bat, you can strike him and hit your pet hard, " one gamer on the conference call informed Yahoo Sports. "That's exactly what I'd do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta plus Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know what? They owned up to this. They took their medication.


inch[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing individuals he sued. If this individual can't fear the difficulty of getting kicked out or not being included, he's going to be forced out. "


From what I understand, a federal judge is very unlikely to overturn A-Rod's suspension. They tend to stay out of collectively bargained matters that have already gone through the proper stations, in this case a hearing prior to a three-person arbitration screen. Rodriguez has said the prohibit "could be a big favor" at this point of his profession because it would allow his entire body to rest, and he also stated to have received support "not just from my Yankees teammates, but also players from other teams, retired players, Hall of Fame players and lots of good individuals, owners of other groups. ”

Personally, I don't believe A-Rod will ever play again and maybe I'm just naive. There will still be $61 million remaining on his contract from 2015-17 following the suspension, but he will be months away from their 40th birthday by then. He will have also played only forty-four games in the previous 30 weeks by time opening day time 2015 rolls around. I think the particular Yankees will simply release your pet after the suspension and no group will bother signing your pet afterward.

Either way, it's clear Rodriguez is no longer wanted in the game. not really by his peers, not really by the league and not by many fans.

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Union angered

A-Rod’s situation may have taken an actual bad revert for MLB Sunday.

(USATSI)A-Rod's case may have taken a real bad turn for MLB Sunday.
More:A-Rod hung for all of 2014 | NYY may relegate A-Rod to be able to minor-league camp
Stemming from typically the famous decision Saturday, within which Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration case wound up with him becoming suspended for the entirety of the 2014 year, Anthony Bosch will appear at CBS’ television news software

60 Minutes

friday night once the NFL actions is concluded.

Bosch has been the MLB’s star see in the case, often the South Florida anti-aging center owner who was providing MLB players with performance-enhancing drug treatments, among other health supplements.

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz will also appear on often the show.

The particular Major League Baseball online players Association is none far too pleased with MLB’s choice in order to throw Bosch plus Horowitz to the mass media so rapidly after typically the arbitration decision. typically the partnership released the following account Sunday evening:

It is unlucky that Major League Hockey apparently is lacking in faith within the integrity and additionally finality of the arbitrator’s choice and our Joint substance Agreement, such that that could never resist typically the temptation to publicly pile-on against Alex Rodriguez. It really is equally troubling that typically the MLB-appointed Panel Arbitrator may themself be appearing within the “60 Minutes” segment, and that tony a2z Bosch, MLB’s principal experience, is appearing on the program through MLB’s blessing.

MLB’s post-decision dash to the press is sporadic with our own collectively-bargained arbitration technique, within general, as well since the confidentiality and additionally credibility of the Joint pharmaceutical Agreement, in particular. Following understanding of tonight’s “60 Minutes” segment, Players have got listed anger over, between other things, MLB’s failure to let the effect of yesterday’s decision speak for once more. As a new result, the Players Organization is without question considering all legal options available to remedy any kind of breaches devoted by MLB.

All through this process the Players Organization has repeatedly presented this is committed to a good effective illegal drug program that is strong and additionally good. And as we mentioned in our statement last night, despite the fact that we do not agree with the arbitrator’s decision, we respect the procedure and will act accordingly. We believe the other included parties must do the same.

This specific.. isn’t very good. At just about all.

MLB won. It became A-Rod and it got the dog with an unprecedented PED suspension system – and that got him or her for 162 games, even though the JDA particularly outlines this penalty regarding a first the offense is fifty games. Despite that, the union respected the choice instead associated with throwing a hissy suit.

Now, it appears the category has gone too far in looking to further soil A-Rod’s appearance, because the MLBPA is miserable. Major League Baseball has enjoyed job peace since the particular damaging reached in 1994-95, but that could be in peril as things improvement here.

The current collective bargaining understanding runs through the 2016 winter. Let’s hope points normally are not as contentious in between the 2 sides by simply then.


MLB has issued its very own statement. Here it is:

“We have informed the Major category Baseball Players Association regarding many occasions that we meant to respond to all associated with the attacks on the honesty of our Joint medicine Program. Those attacks persisted yet again yesterday with mister. Rodriguez’s statement. Out of dignity to the grievance process with the request of the MLBPA, we waited until a choice was rendered to make our own response.

“It is ironic that the MLBPA is complaining regarding MLB’s participation in this specific program given that Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyer is also participating inside the show.

“As in order to Mr. Bosch’s appearance, he or she is not controlled by all of us in addition to is entitled to talk nevertheless he chooses concerning their interactions with Mister. Rodriguez. “

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MLB, union drug report shows Adderall use rising


Carlos Ruiz was one of eight players disciplined for amphetamine use this year.Carlos Ruiz was one of eight players disciplined for amphetamine use this year. (USATSI)


Main League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association released a joint drug report on Friday, protecting the 2012-thirteen season. Right here is the textual content, courtesy of Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

The report covers from the 2012 offseason to the tip of the 2013 Main League Baseball publish-season. The report is particular to Players who compose forty-man rosters for Main League Baseball Clubs.

1) The total variety of drug assessments that were performed for the presence of Efficiency Enhancing Substances and/or Stimulants through the time listed above was 5,391 exams. The variety of urine samples that had been collected and analyzed for the presence of Performance Enhancing Substances and/or Stimulants was four,022. The variety of blood samples that have been collected and analyzed for the presence of human progress hormone was 1,369.

2) Eight exams had been reported by the testing laboratory for having an adverse analytical finding that resulted in discipline. All were for Stimulants. The substances reported had been as follows: Adderall: 7; Methylhexaneamine: 1

three) thirteen non-analytical positives resulted in discipline.

4) 122 Therapeutic Use Exemptions were granted. The diagnoses were as follows: Consideration Deficit Disorder: 119; Hypogonadism: three

Respectfully submitted,
Jeffrey M. Anderson, MD
Unbiased Program Administrator
Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

First issues first: Those 13 gamers in merchandise No. three are the gamers suspended for their ties for Biogenesis. None of them failed a drug take a look at, however MLB dug up sufficient proof to hand down suspensions.

As for merchandise No. 2, Invoice Shaikin of the Los Angeles Instances notes the report implies one in 10 players are treated for Consideration Deficit Disorder with Adderall, which is roughly double the rate of the general population. The number of Adderall exemptions in MLB has risen considerably since 2006 – 28 in 2006 to 103 in 2007, for instance – when amphetamines have been banned.

Baseball is a sport constructed round brief durations of intense focus surrounded by a lot of down time, so it makes sense players would seek Adderall. The only difference between this and extra hardcore (and frowned upon) efficiency-enhancing medication is that most gamers are using Adderall below the route of a health care provider and with approval from MLB.

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Union head eyes GM


The heat's getting turned up on Jeff Ireland. DeMaurice Smith known as out Jeff Eire for his ‘history’ on Monday night time. (USATSI)


NFLPA Government Director DeMaurice Smith appeared on ESPN on Monday for an interview in regards to the Dolphins hazing scenario with Stuart Scott and didn’t pull any punches when discussing administration’s roll in what unfolded.

Asked about whether or not the union was involved with administration’s actions in the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito scenario, Smith said they’d look into it and flat-out fired a shot at Jeff Eire’s history with referring to players.

“The union will probably be taking a look at whether or not administration in the Dolphins either inspired or allowed a workplace to turn out to be unprofessional,” Smith said. “Certainly we know the history of the GM [Ireland] in this case with different issues. These actions have been unacceptable then. If there are actions that had been taken or not taken to allow this unprofessional surroundings to fester, if there were issues executed to intimidate one other participant, that is a factor the union will take a look at.”

If you did not get that, Smith was referring to Ireland asking Dez Bryant before the 2010 NFL Draft if his mom was a prostitute. That was a horrifically embarrassing incident for each Ireland and Ross and it’s not like Smith was significantly thrilled with it, either.

Asked in regards to the hazing points particularly, Smith mentioned that he understands some hazing will happen but that it is not acceptable to have anything “in our locker rooms that isn’t skilled.”

“I’m not snug with something in our locker rooms that isn’t professional. So the real aim for our union and actually our player leadership is to verify our gamers and management is aware of the obligations about creating and maintaining a professional locker room,” Smith said. “I do know that hazing takes place, I know that ribbing takes place. When those issues are taking to an excessive the place it’s hurtful or not instructive, the purpose of our leaders and the goal of our union will be to verify our locker room is an expert place to play.”

Scott particularly requested concerning the “casual use” of the “n-word” in locker rooms and Smith stated he doesn’t suppose there’s a spot for it within the locker room.

“I believe it is a bigger query. As the father of two kids and of a son who’s 14 who definitely loves his music,” Smith stated. “I can let you know when certain phrases are mentioned I make it abundantly clear what that word means. I do not think there’s a spot for it. It is actually for people who perceive the hateful history behind it. I do not suppose there’s a spot for it in our locker rooms.”

Smith’s interview makes it clear – should you somehow didn’t know – that every one eyes remain on Miami and that the warmth is squarely turned up on Ireland.

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Union Comercio’s Juan Flores arrested for biting a man’s ear, might be unluckiest keeper in the world



Joe Hart could feel as if he’s having a rough time lately, however the Manchester City shot stopper has absolutely nothing on Unión Comercio’s Juan Flores.

When the 2013 Peruvian Primera División first stage kicked off in february, DT showed you an unlucky incident in a match with Universidad César Vallejo. Flores passed out form warmth exhaustion, just for an opportunistic striker to gather the loose ball and rating. “Football is for the residing,” said the opponent, who in all probability shouldn’t ever give out unhealthy information at hospitals.

That incident was merely a precursor for 3 terrible blunders in three consecutive matches in August. Firstly, in a 2-0 loss at Sporting Cristal, Flores’ try at time losing didn’t quite go to plan…

The following week, Unión Comercio hosted excessive-flying Universitario, and Flores might do nothing when defender Renzo Reaños put a comical own purpose past him…

The triumvirate of fail was accomplished two Sundays ago during a visit to León de Huánuco, when yet another personal objective was put past the hapless keeper, this time a rocket from defender Joaquin Lencinas…

Club Unión now sit bottom of their group within the second stage of the Torneo Descentralizado, understanding that relegation is a definite chance when the league concludes in December. Manager Edgar Ospina is baffled by the unfortunate streak of slapstick blunders, telling the El Comercio newspaper (via Reuters):

“I do not assume something like this has happened to any staff in the world.”

“We need to be in the Guinness Ebook of Data. I’ve by no means seen anything like it.”

Unbelievably, it gets worse for Flores, as he was handed a three-yr suspended prison on Tuesday.

According to, the 37-12 months-old was charged with assault after biting a man’s ear in a nightclub in Huanuco. Flores was also forced to pay 10,000 Peruvian Nuevo Sol (around $3,550) in damages to his sufferer.

So, if 2013 has been unkind to you in any skilled or authorized manner, spare a thought for Juan Flores, who appears to have spent the 12 months in a thunderstorm of poop with no umbrella.