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Darnell Dockett Calls Out The Media

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The truth. Somebody want to explain again why the players need the media "to tell their story."
  3. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I'm calling BS. Everything he says is true, but how is the media involved? Anyone who gives a shit knows that their money is not guaranteed. And not too many people give a shit. Should they be taken care of? Of course. But that's not the media's issue.
  4. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Concussions and non-guaranteed contracts for the people who are taking years off their lives for the public's entertainment seems much more newsworthy than the trivial crap that gets reported every day as football news. The NY Times has at least done a great job on the concussion issue but the talk on SJ is that they're trying to take down the sport.
  5. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    He certainly raises some interesting points, in a superficial way that adds very little to those ongoing discussions. He also does a good bit of whining about the poor, downtrodden football player while ignoring the role the players themselves play in those issues. He blames the media, but really, how many current players are actively and publicly addressing the issues of player safety? The players can make those issues more of a story if they choose to do so.

    Take Lynch for example. Why not blame Lynch for not using this pulpit he has built for himself to say something useful. Instead of making his repeating message one of whining about being fined, he could make it a question. "Why don't y'all focus more on player safety?" Just say it over and over again. He doesn't have to expand on it or say anything else. He should be used to spouting the same thought over and over again by now no matter what question is directed at him.

    Nah, it's much easier for Dockett to just blame the media for everything.

    Also, his lame attempt to justify the lack of attention he paid to school when he was in college rings very hollow. There is a legitimate argument to be made for improved compensation for college athletes, but he gets nowhere close to making it. He basically claims that he threw away a free college education because he had nothing. Well, he didn't have nothing. He had an opportunity to go to college and not owe a penny when it was over.
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  6. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

  7. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Newspapers and, for that matter, all news media claim the same independence for their columnists' opinions. If you can provide examples of a media company that doesn't retain the right to final approval of content distributed under its brand, I would be happy to entertain them. But you won't find any because if you don't have brand safeguards in place you are just Gawker publishing hard-core porn for kicks and clicks.
  8. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Oh, I'm not saying Jeets was wrong. I just thought Dockett's tweets were hilarious.
  9. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    Dockett should CC this to Demaurice Smith next time there's a lockout/strike. Nongarunteed contracts need to be dealt with at that level not through what stories the press covers.
  10. It is surprising nobody in the media has really gone in-depth at how bad the NFLPA is, though. No guaranteed contracts, a ridiculously low salary cap, etc. You look at how the baseball union does it. That's what the NFLPA should be striving for. Those guys get paid way more, guaranteed, to play a way less popular sport.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Not to mention that the new CBA gave Goodell a lot more control over player discipline.
  12. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    One game is much more brutal, yes, but baseball's 162-game schedule is so unrelenting. I understand the griping about non-guaranteed contracts. But to compare any of the three (maybe four) major sports is just pointless. Do you guarantee every contract 1-53 in the NFL? The nature of the game dictates that teams are making roster moves nearly ever week.

    I don't begrudge the baseball, basketball and hockey guys their guaranteed contracts. And I wouldn't begrudge NFL players guaranteed contracts. I would suggest a system where each team is capped at X amount of guaranteed contracts each season. And if someone gets a guaranteed contract, does he also get a signing bonus? I would say no. But you can bet that NFL players would not agree to the end of signing bonuses for guaranteed contracts. I just think that players 40-53 getting guaranteed contracts would really hamstring teams -- particularly in years where they're really hit with injuries.
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