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  1. PATRIOTSFANINPA

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    Goodell is not giving a roster exemption to the Bucs this week for Bryant to take time off for the death of his baby - The Bucs may have to ask for Bryant to try and play this week even if the currect situation in his life is horrible.

    Great job Goodell - You heartless piece of sh!t
     
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    Link please.
     
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    Has the league given roster exemptions to teams with players that have lost members of their immediate families before?
     
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    Read it on PFT with link below but for confirmation since PFT is a rumor mill,Sirius Radio said it as well so I believe its true
    ProFootballTalk.com - Rumor Mill
     
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    this is a rare situation and yes the league is showing themselves to be heartless douchebags

    they like to talk a good game about protecting their players safety, but they sure as hell don't care about their mental status

    another black eye for the nfl....dumbasses
     
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    Didn't Troy Williamson have a problem last year when he wanted time off to attend to his grandmother's funeral as she had raised him??

    The next CBA ought to address this issue like MLB has. In baseball they can deactivate a player for 3-7 games and free up a roster spot for a death in the immediate family.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_transactions#Bereavement_list
    (wikipedia link but better than nothing)
     
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    Seems very strange. Even if they are heartless, why from a PR standpoint would they do this? I feel like there has to be more to it. And if there isn't, the Bucs should just suspend him.
     
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    That was the Vikings decision not the NFL's and I believe they caved.
     
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    Well, there are millions and millions of people making so little money they have to work regardless of what happens. If they didn't work for a week after the death of a family member, they couldn't make the rent of feed their families. For real feed their families, not the NFL bullcrap.

    I feel badly for Bryant's personal situation, but it is working for one afternoon five or six days after a death in the family. It is not unreasonable.

    Show some empathy for the working poor in this country and throughout the world, and do your job.
     
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    It's terrible what happened with Bryant's child, but why would you blame the league? Get mad at the team if they are not going to give him the game off (which I think they should). From a league perspective I don't see why this is any different than a player getting injured and the team having to shuffle it's roster to find a replacement.
     
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    That was my first question. If there's no precedence, he could bend the rules, but if the league HASN'T granted this exception to similar situations in the past, it could cause problems to do it this once without a fundamental rule change.

    Sounds heartless, but that's how these things work sometimes :(
     
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    Please don't spout that bull crap. Just becuase the working stiff has to doesn't make it right. This guy lost his child and to expect him to than turn around and think well the working class has to go to work so he should or he is somehow insulting them is just dumb and equally as heartless as the NFL is being.

    Any working poor who feels they desrve empathy from anyone who has just lost their son is an A-hole.
     
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    I think the fundamental difference here is most teams don't carry an extra kicker. So for the team to let him stay home they have to hire someone to kick for the day which means cutting someone else. If it were a RB you usually have multiple back ups and could get by for a game maybe not Ideal but you wouldn't neccessarily have to find a one game replacement and you wouldn't have to cut someone else to do it.
     
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    I have to grudgingly agree. It's a horrible tragedy, but without a standard bereavement policy in place, granting an extra roster spot in this situation would put the league in an untenable position. From that point forward the commissioner's office would be expected to subjectively gauge the relative "importance" of every individual death or personal tragedy. This has to be addressed as a standard policy.
     
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    What's the difference if he had a minor injury that kept him out 1 game. I don't think the league is being heartless. The bucs should give him the time off and deal with the situation.
     
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    True but with a policy, either in the CBA or league-mandated, it would be fairer and give more protections to the player.
     
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    Totally agree. There are two separate issues, though -- the player's right to miss a game, and the team's right to get a temporary extra roster spot to replace him.
     
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    Definitely won't argue with that. NFL players definitely have the least amount of overall protections for stuff like that out of any major sport.
     
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    Yeah. The whole lack of guaranteed contracts, while useful, can be a real #!@% in a sport like football.

    I don't see why the NFL and the NFLPA couldn't reach an agreement on this separately from a complete re-negotiation.
     
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    That's a good point-part of the problem is his position, at least from the Bucs standpoint. What a sad situation for that poor man and his family. If he DOES end up having to play I hope he has the game of his life.
     
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