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{ Read a statement from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to all players regarding the NFL's lockout of the referees. }
Author: DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA Executive Director Posted: 9/25/2012

NFLPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEMAURICE SMITH STATEMENT TO PLAYERS ON REFEREES LOCKOUT

The decision by the NFL owners to lock out the referees jeopardizes your health and safety. This decision to remove more than 1,500 years of collective experience has simply made the workplace less safe. 

It is the NFL’s duty to provide a workplace that is as safe as possible. The League will want fans, the media and sponsors to talk only about ‘the product’ on the field.  We are not product.

While the focus today is about a blown call and the outcome of one football game, our focus as a family of players is and will remain squarely on workplace safety.

Contrary to some reports, we are not crossing any picket line. The referees are not on strike. The Owners locked them out.

We are actively reviewing any and all possible actions to protect you.

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