I'm watching this show, and Trey Wingo is discussing with Marcellus Wiley and Mark Schlereth about how "effective are these voluntary workouts" being conducted by certain NFL players, namely Eli Manning, Drew Brees, and their teammates.
Schlereth joked about players doing poorly synchronized jumping jacks, and Wiley made mention of the players "not having insurance." Yet no one seems to mention why they are doing it, and only that it seems pointless to do so.
Wingo finished up with a comment about how Manning said, "we want these practices to be private...I'm not doing interviews until the Lockout is over..."
It's so obvious what's going on here it's almost absurd they don't mention it, or don't actually know.
Manning is pretending to workout, and acting as if they don't want the publicity. Why? Because there's a legal case going on, and the players want to put on the best face possible. The NFLPA lawyers are going to tell a judge, "listen, our guys are working out because they love the game, and they're doing it without insurance, or any protections at all. That's how committed they are to their profession..."
With players like Manning pretending to do it on their own, knowing full well it will be covered, yet not making a stink about the lockout itself, it plays perfectly in favor of the players.
Drew Brees spent his own money for voluntary practices? $50,000? Yeah, because he's so committed, and such a great guy.
No. Because it helps their case.
Which, btw, I'm fine with.