As more details come out from the meetings between NFL owners and the NFL Players Association, it appears that some intimidation and scare tactics employed by owners may have led to the union decertification. One particular incident involves Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Jones had a face-to-face meeting with the players on March 2 and delivered a very strong message.
“I don’t think we’ve got your attention,” Jones said, according to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter. “You clearly don’t understand what we’re saying, and we’re not hearing what you’re saying. So I guess we’re going to have to show you to get your attention.”
The report then states that Jones tapped his two fists together before standing up and walking out. The players in attendance apparently interpreted that as a sign that the lockout was coming.
If the report is true, it is obvious why the two sides could not come together. Egos were too big and talks could not even be helped by a mediator. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out in the courts.