In an upcoming HBO episode airing tonight on Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, a profile of new NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will be the focus of the episode.  Smith, who visited Gillette Stadium back on May 6th, met with several Patriots players and according to ProFootballTalk.com less than 20 members of the team were on hand for the meeting (Tom Brady was there).   Smith was there to meet with the team and their representatives as the union gets set to battle with the league over what are considered to be “considerable” labor issues.

The attendence for this meeting, which occurred on an off day for the team, is considered by many to be “sparse” to say the least, and is being construed to make it seem like players simply are more interested in just getting a paycheck than being involved with the labor issues that the union is about to deal with.  Unfortunately it looks like we’ll be hearing more mention of this in the coming days.