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Jay Feely: Jerry Richardson insults intelligence of players

Jerry Richardson

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson looks out on the field before the Meineke Bowl NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. The Panthers formally announced the end of coach John Fox’s nine-year run in which he led the franchise to its only Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are considered two of the smarter NFL quarterbacks alive. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reportedly still treated them like children in a CBA negotiating session last Saturday.

Speaking on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio in New York, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely passed along a story from last week’s brief bargaining session in Dallas that Brees and Manning attended.

“Jerry Richardson . . . he’s going to criticize Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and their intelligence in our meeting Saturday?” Feely said. “And sit there and say dismissively to Manning ‘Do I need to help you read a revenue chart son? Do I need to help break that down for you because I don’t know if you know how to read that?’”

We agree with Feely’s point: condescension isn’t going to help get a deal done. Respect is necessary on both sides.

Richardson, who has taken a leadership position among the owners in the negotiation, has been called the “least flexible and most pessimistic” of the owners.

“Logical minds can sit there and come up with a deal, but once you bring up emotion, then you get in the way of logic,” Feely said.

The entire interview is worth a listen, and Feely makes a cogent case on behalf of the players. Our one small quibble is that continuing to publicly talk about the particulars of a negotiating session could get in the way of a deal too.