Jerry Richardson is Killing the NFL

I don’t care for Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson.

His rise to prominance is interesting enough.  He became the first former player since Halas to own an NFL team. Oddly enough, he seems to hate the NFLPA and is hell bent on destroying the union.  It’s been Richardson who has been leading the charge toward a lockout.  His scorched-earth rhetoric has stood in contrast to more measured statements by the real leaders of the league: Kraft, Rooney and Irsay.

Now, he’s taken his offensive nature to a new level: insulting the intelligence of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

According to Jay Feely who was at the negotiation, Richardson

  “[said] dismissively to 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 know how to read that?’

Do you want an arch villain in this whole mess?  Look no further than Richardson, a man with a track record for abusive behavior.  People may point out similarities between him and Bill Polian, but in this case there’s a big difference: Bill Polian isn’t driving the NFL to the bring of disaster.  Polian works perfectly as the heavy because he’s not the boss.  Irsay is.  I love Mr. Polian as a general manager, but I also love having Mr. Irsay as well.  I want Bill Polian negotiating player deals and drafting. I wouldn’t put him in charge of emotionally charged CBA negotiations with billions of dollars at stake.  For that, I want a cool, dispassionate man who can keep things from getting personal.

Richardson is trying to destroy the NFLPA.  His derision of Manning and Brees is uncalled for and impolitic. If the owners are serious about reaching an agreement (and I’m not sure they are), then they need to remove Richardson from the process. He’s proving he can’t be civil and disciplined.

Maybe he just wants there to be a lost NFL season because he knows the Panthers have to play in Indianapolis next year.

After the way he treated Manning, he’d better be prepared for 18 to torch Ron Meeks’ defense for 5 touchdown passes and about 60 points.