Panthers' Richardson Reporteldy Makes Poor Impression In Negotiations
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is getting a lot of national attention for his demeanor in negotiations with the NFL players union. And the attention isn't positive. In this interview on the Michael Kay Show (ESPN Radio, NY), Jay Feely of the Arizona Cardinals says Richardson talked down to Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in a recent negotiating session. "When Jerry Richardsonis their lead negotiator for the owners, and he's going to criticize Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and their intelligence in our meeting on Saturday. And sit there and say dismissively of Peyton Manning, 'Do I need to help you read a revenue chart son, do I need to help break that down for you, because I don't know if you understand how to read that.' That doesn't go anywhere in trying to help us get a deal done." Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports! followed with this report on Sunday. An unidentified source in the bargaining session confirmed Feely's, saying that Richardson was the only person on either side who was contentious. Cole reports that the source said everyone else was respectful of each other. Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports argues that Richardson is a detriment to negotiations in this piece headlined, Time to bench Richardson from bargaining game. Silver writes that he's spoken to two people involved in that meeting. Silver says they told him that Richardson became especially angry after a recently-retired player discussed statistics on injuries and the length of the average career. "You guys made so much [expletive] money - if you played three years in the NFL, you should own your own [expletive] team." At that point, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several of Richardson's fellow owners cringed, league representatives suggested that the two sides take a break. In addition, Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer writes here about reports that characterize Richardson as a bully. A Panthers spokesman calls them a mischaracterization. Update: NFL owners come to Richardson's defense.