Seattle Seahawks Punished for Excessive Offseason Workouts
The Seattle Seahawks will be forced to miss two practices following a violation of the new collective bargaining agreement, according to a statement by the NFL’s Management Council, as well as the NFL Players Association.
Yahoo News reports that the team violated the rules of practice contact and, therefore, will not see practice on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. The statement reads:
“The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have determined that the Seattle Seahawks violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s offseason workout rules on the prohibition of live contact during one of the club’s organized team activity days. As a result, the Seahawks will forfeit two of their scheduled OTA practices (June 6 and 7) as well as an additional offseason workout day on Friday, June 8. Seahawks’ players are not permitted to be at the facility on those days, but will be paid for the sessions. The club cannot reschedule the cancelled days.”
The Seattle Seahawks’ coach, Pete Carroll, stated, according to NFL.com, that:
“We’ll be that much smarter as to how we can do things right and we’ll continue to work with our young guys to make sure they understand. Because it’s always about one play here, one play there. It wasn’t play, after play, after play, it was a few plays that stood out where guys made mistakes trying too hard and competing too much.”
According to Yahoo News, Carroll believes that, after the punishment doled out to the Seattle Seahawks, the standard for contact should be spelled out better for the league, because, “We haven’t had the opportunity to see how it’s supposed to be done, but maybe that’s what we’re creating.”