We wondered in an earlier post whether the league would take any action in response to the ad hoc beach football game over the weekend between (among others) Saints head coach Sean Payton, and current and former Cowboys Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Troy Aikman and Bobby Carpenter.
As the lines separating coaches and owners from players are fairly blurry--and since this seems like nothing more than a friendly game of 7-on-7 among friends--we kind of doubted it.
Well, as of Tuesday, the league has responded. Kind of.
“We are aware of it,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ProFootballTalk.com in an email this morning. “No further comment.”
So, there’s that. Really, it’s unsurprising, given that the participants played at a crowded Florida beach and not on some secluded island, and that Payton--a head coach and a successful one at that--openly discussed the game in the press. If this were any serious offense under the rules in place, it’s doubtful that these guys would have been quite so brazen while committing it.
That is, it seems that as negotiations continue and the lockout nears its 120th day, the league has bigger fish to fry than a pick-up football game on 4th of July Weekend.
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