St. Paul Pioneer Press: Minnesota Vikings join list of NFL teams to decertify players union

St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Brian Murphy reported today that NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith announced Vikings players voted unanimously to decertify the union and fight the NFL in court if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is not reached before the current deal expires on March 3.

When asked why decertification in preparation for a court fight should not be perceived as aggressive, Smith said NFLPA is simply protecting its interests.

“The main difference between something that is aggressive or reactive is if someone brings a fight to you and you are scrambling to do everything to defend yourself, there isn’t a sane person in America who’s going to consider that to be aggressive,” said Smith.

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