Brent Boyd: Fairy Tales for the Masses

May 21, 2010

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Retiree dispute declared ‘done’

NFL Players Association chief says he has worked hard to address the complaints of former players.

By Charles Chandler

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Early in his second year as NFL Players Association executive director, DeMaurice Smith declares the union’s long-protracted battle with retired players a non-issue.

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“The rift we had in the past with our former players is over,” said Smith. “It is done.”

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Smith made the proclamation Wednesday during a speech at a Charlotte Touchdown Club luncheon, echoing the position he began taking nearly two years ago while the union was interviewing potential successors for the late Gene Upshaw.

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Read the rest of Charles Chandler‘s article from the Charlotte Observer – click HERE.

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This news release from yesterday is total BS! The rift between NFLPA & NFL retirees is as wide as ever – the only change is the new “happy face” De Smith has put on the issues. Doug Ell and Groom Law Group are still representing the NFLPA in a new lawsuit I recently placed in US 4th District Baltimore – and communications are through none other than the devil Doug Ell.

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Tom Condon’s replacement on the Disability Board, Robert Smith, was nothing more than ESPN‘s in-house apologist for Upshaw, every time Gene stuck his foot in mouth (which was too often), Robert Smith’s lips were firmly attached to Upshaw’s behind. He was routinely paraded in front of the cameras to defend the indefensible actions of Upshaw’s era. He will be indoctrinated by Doug Ell, I’m sure – as was Duerson – to fully distort ERISA laws to corruptly deny us our benefits.

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So, De Smith — exactly what changes have been made to help NFL retirees? And shame on Charles Chandler for not doing his homework on this one - Charles has been the best friend for NFL retirees in the past. But he gets one pass for failing horribly as he does in this feel-good PR piece. If De Smith thinks the riff is over w/retired players, he is not paying attention “to the Dave Pears and Brent Boyds of the world” as he said at his Superbowl press conference. The situation for NFL retirees remains as dire today as it was in 2007 – only their “public face” on our plight has changed… all talk, no action!

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Fellow NFL players and retirees, let me assure you: THE WAR IS ON, MORE THAN IT EVER HAS! Only now, we have supporting forces from the public, fans and a host of international celebrities to fight publicly on our behalf. And we’re all working together.

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We want our earned disability claims, we want above-poverty level pensions, we want benefits for anyone who played. When Roger Goodell was in Newport Beach, he had NO idea the vesting was 5 years at one time. If a guy is injured for life after even ONE play – you need to pay your liabilities!

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And as I’ve stressed in “the Boyd Plan” for disability reform: FIRE GROOM LAW GROUP – THEY’VE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MUCH UNNECESSARY SUFFERING, THERE WILL BE NO TRUST UNTIL DOUG ELL AND GROOM LAW GROUP ARE LONG GONE! Much like the US Government recovery to re-build trust after the Vietnam war, Groom must go in order to restore faith in the system.

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This ridiculous headline… Charles, I forgive you but you must recoup your credibility.

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Goodell, De smith, corrupt greedy $billionaire owners and their apologists – the war is ON! Stop making cosmetic changes and actually HELP retirees who are suffering and have been denied legitimate benefits.

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To all NFL players, retirees and wives and fans: This is a CALL TO ARMS! Don’t accept one more fake BS announcement!

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Love to you all – I wish you all the best the universe has to offer.

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Brent Boyd

Minnesota Vikings

1980 – 1986

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Dave Pear
    Brent, thank you for continuing to expose the fraud that exists within the NFLPA Leadership and their PR stunts claiming peace with retired players.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    It seems counterintuitive because NOTHING has changed!

    They talk the talk but do NOT walk the walk.

    Their dirty dealings will continue to surface along with their lame excuses for not paying their long overdue debt to retired players and their families.

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  2. Larry Kaminski
    May 21st, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    Larry Kaminski
    Dave:

    I am going to write a letter to the NFL requesting that they re-open my disability claim. I am fed up with the fact that not one medical person, not one member of the panel even called to talk to me. I feel the recent information provided to me regarding the findings of the Amen Clinic and my emotional issues need to be answered by these people. I took my pension early and had my first heart attack at 48, almost died, and then had several more after that time period including a double bypass. Do they think that maybe the illegal steroids given to me in my rookie year might have caused the deterioration of my arteries? I had to give up my business and move out of my home town because of behavioral issues. I self-medicated with alcohol which then created more problems. Thank God, I got on the program with Dr. Willeumier from the Amen Clinic and now feel as good as I have ever felt in years.

    How can these owners continue to neglect anyone who has the proof and has been denied of a good life because of their lack of concern when the evidence keeps piling up. I hope to get this De Smith guy in the loop. Many of my buddies say he’s a good guy. Talk is cheap. I will also get Rep. Linda Sanchez in the loop as well as my local senators. Hopefully, Chicago Sun Times sports writer Rick Telander and Woody Paige of the Denver Post will give it some press. The time is now to get these owners to fess up and do what is morally right.

    Thanks,
    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

  3. John Hogan
    May 22nd, 2010 at 3:26 am #

    John Hogan
    Larry,

    What is the basis for reopening of your disability claim? Under the Plan, you cannot file for disability once you have taken your pension. Period. End of claim. However, this needs to be changed.

    Per Brent’s post, and from reading his website, it appears that he had applied for a change in the classification of his disability from “inactive” to “football degenerative.” Based upon his statement that he has now filed suit in Baltimore, it was obviously denied. Based upon all the new information we have about concussions and football, that is a terrible disappointment, not just for Brent , but for all retired players who have suffered head injuries from football. There need to be major changes to the disability plan – and until there are, retired players who did not file, or whose claims were denied are SOL.

    John Hogan
    Disability Attorney