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09:59 AM ET 03.27 | In what's also becoming an increasingly ugly fight, former Giants defensive end and current director of the NFL Alumni Association George Martin finally met with the now-decertified NFL Players Association on Wednesday. And according to two witnesses, the session was unproductive, contentious and filled with bitterness on both sides. Martin, in an interview with the Daily News, called the whole experience "very unpleasant" and said he felt like a defendant at a war crimes trial. "What was supposed to be a 15-minute presentation turned into a two-hour cross-examination," Martin told the News. "And at the end of the day I still did not get the opportunity to speak (one-on-one) with the illustrious Mr. DeMaurice Smith, which speaks volumes about his credibility."

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March 27, 2011  10:10 AM ET

This whole fiasco begs of celebrity death match....

March 27, 2011  10:11 AM ET

NFLPA is questioning the NFL's credibility, questions all around, and no answers in sight.

March 27, 2011  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This whole fiasco begs of celebrity death match....

And reeks of Jerry Springer.

March 27, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

NFLPA is questioning the NFL's credibility, questions all around, and no answers in sight.

The radiation level is spiking....get out...get out...Put a huge containment dome over the entire league and move on...Owners...Players...Sport writers...None will be missed...

March 27, 2011  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The radiation level is spiking....get out...get out...Put a huge containment dome over the entire league and move on...Owners...Players...Sport writers...None will be missed...

<checks Ochocinco's tweet....got up this morning...scratched balls...>

March 27, 2011  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The radiation level is spiking....get out...get out...Put a huge containment dome over the entire league and move on...Owners...Players...Sport writers...None will be missed...

I'll miss the games. And the banter on FN.

March 27, 2011  10:49 AM ET

A union that decertifies (disbands) and then plans to recertify after their day in court; a union that doesn't exiist but still is organizing a boycott of the draft; a union that doesn't exist but meets with the NFL Alumni association? I think I question their credibility also.

March 27, 2011  10:51 AM ET

Get your butts back to the negotiation table, and "git er done'

March 27, 2011  10:54 AM ET
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A union that decertifies (disbands) and then plans to recertify after their day in court; a union that doesn't exiist but still is organizing a boycott of the draft; a union that doesn't exist but meets with the NFL Alumni association? I think I question their credibility also.

Their plan all along. To negotiate through the Courts. AT the taxpayer's expense.

March 27, 2011  11:00 AM ET
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Their plan all along. To negotiate through the Courts. AT the taxpayer's expense.

Plus they will add a surcharge to ticket prices...They will call it the bend over and take it like a man because we can tax...

March 27, 2011  11:09 AM ET

Idiot! It is the owners who have the money and final say. Meet with them.

March 27, 2011  11:13 AM ET

Look, George, all revenues go to the owners. It then filters down from there.
Go to the source.

March 27, 2011  11:34 AM ET

Fact: In 1986 George Martin, along with Gary Reasons and Lionel Manuel held out over contract disputes.
He was the highest paid of the holdouts. Fine. He had no trouble with the players Union then.
In 1982 he was part of the players strike during the season. come on George, the players are not the problem.

March 27, 2011  11:48 AM ET

This just gets uglier by the day, and the lawyers get richer each day they can stretch it out.

March 27, 2011  12:04 PM ET

If guys like him had went on strike in 1982 for the retired players then, it would not be an issue now. They struck for free agency. OK, fine, but Mr. Martin was part of the problem and it does no good to degrade the group he came from and now must depend on.
And then they broke the strike line. Scabs.

March 27, 2011  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This whole fiasco begs of celebrity death match....

I love that show!

March 27, 2011  12:13 PM ET

Nice..we have Peterson using slavery as a comparison and now Martin using a "war crimes" comparison. What's next? A HOF player not serving a day in jail for underage sex? Oops.

March 27, 2011  12:16 PM ET

We have months dedicated history to history for different groups of people. Maybe we should have a month dedicated to NFL players (past and present) to actually "learn" history.

March 27, 2011  12:22 PM ET
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If guys like him had went on strike in 1982 for the retired players then, it would not be an issue now. They struck for free agency. OK, fine, but Mr. Martin was part of the problem and it does no good to degrade the group he came from and now must depend on. And then they broke the strike line. Scabs.

No member of The Washington Redskins crossed the picket line.


Solidarity!!

 
March 27, 2011  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Nice..we have Peterson using slavery as a comparison and now Martin using a "war crimes" comparison. What's next? A HOF player not serving a day in jail for underage sex? Oops.

In LTs defense, he said he thought she was of age.

When frequenting Prostitutes, he doesn't card.

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