NFL players reacted to the arrest of New York Jets quarterback Trent Richardson this week by saying they are “heartbroken” for the former player and are willing to work with him to resolve his situation.
“I think it’s going to be tough for him,” one player said, “but he’s doing great.”
Another added, “It’s going not be easy.
We’re just going to have to do whatever we can to help him out.”
Richardson is the first NFL player arrested this season for the domestic violence charges that he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, but it is not the first time he has been in trouble with the law.
He has been suspended for the first four games of the season by the NFL.
On Friday, a judge set Richardson’s bond at $5 million, but a lawyer for the NFLPA said the NFL has not yet reached an agreement with the NFL over his release.
Richardson’s arrest comes as the league is trying to reach a deal with the players union to extend the collective bargaining agreement that is set to expire at the end of the month.
The league is seeking $12 billion in compensation for the nearly $20 billion in player endorsements and other revenue that it has lost since 2008.
But the players are not willing to budge on the issues they want.
The players have been divided on how to handle the situation.
Some players are frustrated by the league’s inability to reach an agreement and want to get to the bottom of the allegations.
They want to see Richardson, who they believe has already been treated unfairly, released, but also want to do everything they can to bring the charges against him to a swift conclusion.
“Players want him to be released,” said one player.
“That’s the biggest issue.
We want to hear him out.
We want him in our locker room, but we also want him on the field.
We think he’s been treated fairly.
He’s done nothing wrong, and he should be in our lives and in our league. “
He’s a young man who’s been in the league for a long time.
We have a right to know everything that’s going on with him.” “
It shouldn’t have happened.
We have a right to know everything that’s going on with him.”
Another player added, “[The NFL] is very transparent with the league, so we’re willing to do anything we can.
We just want him back on the football field.”
The league has made progress with the resolution of the domestic abuse case, but has not said if the players will agree to the new deal, which would include the reinstatement of the union’s player grievance process.