Earlier this week, it was revealed that the trade organization formerly known as the NFLPA planned on unlocking a lockout fund to assist players during the work stoppage … five months before any NFL games are missed.
Earlier today, it was revealed that the players are requesting a “substantial” financial damages award in the “lockout insurance” case that they won at the beginning of the month.
Essentially, this means that instead of simply blocking the league from receiving lockout insurance payments from its television partners, the players want to steal the insurance money and use it for themselves.
That sounds drastic, but there’s really no other way to explain it. Obviously, a large number of players are already running into financial issues with no regular pay and benefits. Why else would they have cracked open the lockout fund piggy bank so early, enabling each player to access $60,000 set aside for this very rainy day?
Now, they’re in search of more money. It certainly looks as though the players are looking to cover themselves in the event of a long-term work stoppage.
In other words, they’re looking to insure themselves.
What this proves: neither side can be trusted to act altruistically.