Chiefs linebacker Andy Studebaker wouldn’t discuss what his teammates do with their spare time, but speaking generally, he said that today’s NFL player has to constantly be mindful that his decisions and involvements will be scrutinized — regardless of his intentions.
“The things that you do are in the public light,” Studebaker said. “If it’s a club or an elementary school that you’re speaking at or a charity event, everything you’re doing is going to be publicized.
“You have to realize that. It’s the reality that we live in with the technology that we live in today. That knowledge and that awareness of what’s going on and how things can be perceived should shape how you do your business. … That’s just the reality of an NFL player in today’s society. You just have to be careful about the things you get involved with.”
“People are nervous because it’s already into June,” said Lindsay Bernard, a sales manager for the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau. “But we haven’t been getting tons of calls or Facebook hits of people freaking out about it yet.”
For at least one part of this week both sides had their lawyers involved as well, two on each side. That the conversation did not explode in rancor is a good indication that the lawyers were likely muzzled as the negotiators controlled the negotiating football. Reportedly progress has been made in recent weeks and that coincides with the legal eagles being left on the sidelines.
Clark Hunt has been part of almost every negotiating session between the parties, whether they were secret or not. It will be interesting once this is all over to find out what his contributions were to the process. He’s easily the youngest man in the room on the league side.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen