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BAMAPHIN 22
08-22-2006, 05:37 PM
Troy Vincent (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70461) would have preferred Bryant Gumbel kept his views to himself rather than using his TV show as a forum to harshly criticize the NFL's relationship with its players' union.


Vincent, the NFLPA president and Buffalo Bills (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67039) safety, called Gumbel's comments "inappropriate" and "detrimental."

"He's entitled to speak his mind ... and he felt that was his forum to do so," Vincent said Tuesday after a Bills (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67039) training camp practice in suburban Rochester. "But I just thought the timing of things, there's too many good things going on — we just announced a new commissioner — in our sport to have these kind of blemishes."

Gumbel created a stir during his closing remarks on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" last week when he suggested that outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should show his successor, Roger Goodell, "where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash." Gumbel then referred to Upshaw as a "docile head of the players union" and the commissioner's "personal pet," who maintains labor peace at the expense of his members.

Tagliabue responded Monday, calling Gumbel's comments "uninformed" and "inexcusable." Tagliabue also warned Gumbel's status as an NFL Network play-by-play broadcaster this season is in jeopardy and will be determined by Goodell and Steve Bornstein, who runs the league's in-house network.
Upshaw has declined comment.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5895302?FSO1&ATT=HMA

pigskinguy
08-22-2006, 08:26 PM
Troy Vincent (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70461) would have preferred Bryant Gumbel kept his views to himself rather than using his TV show as a forum to harshly criticize the NFL's relationship with its players' union.


Vincent, the NFLPA president and Buffalo Bills (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67039) safety, called Gumbel's comments "inappropriate" and "detrimental."

"He's entitled to speak his mind ... and he felt that was his forum to do so," Vincent said Tuesday after a Bills (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67039) training camp practice in suburban Rochester. "But I just thought the timing of things, there's too many good things going on — we just announced a new commissioner — in our sport to have these kind of blemishes."

Gumbel created a stir during his closing remarks on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" last week when he suggested that outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should show his successor, Roger Goodell, "where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash." Gumbel then referred to Upshaw as a "docile head of the players union" and the commissioner's "personal pet," who maintains labor peace at the expense of his members.

Tagliabue responded Monday, calling Gumbel's comments "uninformed" and "inexcusable." Tagliabue also warned Gumbel's status as an NFL Network play-by-play broadcaster this season is in jeopardy and will be determined by Goodell and Steve Bornstein, who runs the league's in-house network.
Upshaw has declined comment.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5895302?FSO1&ATT=HMA

I hope the NFL does fire him from the play-by-play duties.
Not because of these comments, but because I don't want to have to listen to his pompous *** for 3 1/2 hours while I try to watch a football game.