Based on their compensation, perks and responsibility, those who are in the rank and file expect a lot more of those in charge. Whether, it is interpersonal relationships, speaking in public or just being in charge, there’s a expectation of professionalism; well, much greater than the guy sitting in a cubicle.
This week, the head of the NFL Players Association, Gene Upshaw crossed a line. Mr. Upshaw is facing a barrage of criticism from ex-football players who want greater compensation from the pension fund to help take care of their life after football, especially in terms of medical care.
NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure took Upshaw to task recently, and has been one of his most ardent critics.
This is what Gene Upshaw said in response to Joe DeLamielleure:
From ESPN: Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure, one of the leading advocates of retired NFL players who are in need of financial assistance, isn't taking what Upshaw said in last week's Philadelphia Daily News lightly. In the interview, Upshaw defended his record for helping retired players and zeroed in on DeLamielleure, who has previously called for Upshaw's ouster.
"A guy like DeLamielleure says the things he said about me, you think I'm going to invite him to dinner? No. I'm going to break his ... damn neck," Upshaw was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
According to the Daily News, Upshaw also said he told a group of Hall of Famers in 2006: "I'm not one to turn the other cheek. You're not going to hit me in the nose and I'm going to sit there and smile."
Now, Mr. Upshaw – tough talk is fine on the field, and is accepted; however, you cannot pull that stunt off in corporate
You're an elder statesman of the NFL, learn how to keep your emotions in check. The game ended for you a generation ago.
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In light of everything, Mr. DeLamielleure, I doubt Gene Upshaw would go through with this threat. I think he said it in jest and out of anger, but in the end, it was an idiotic thing to say – especially from a union head.