As an owner of a team with a big-time issue at quarterback, Jerry Richardson of the Panthers is quite critical of some of the NFL's top signalcallers.
According to an article on Yahoo! Sports, the Carolina owner was rude and disrespectful to Colts QB Peyton Manning and Drew Brees of the Saints last week at a negotiating session with the NFLPA. The article cited an anonymous NFL source, who explained how things got out of hand.
"[Richardson] was extremely condescending to them, especially toward Peyton," a source said in the Yahoo! story. "[Richardson] was the only person on either side who was contentious. Everybody else was respectful. They might have said, 'I disagree with your point,' but at least they were respectful. [Richardson] was not.
Apparently, Richardson was particularly sarcastic when Manning started to talk about players' safety. At one point, Richardson evidently said, "What do you know about player safety?"
Not everyone at the meeting thought the Carolina owner was out of hand. The article cites a second anonymous source, who claimed Richardson did nothing wrong regarding the two former Super Bowl MVPs.
"Mr. Richardson is a former player and made clear his respect and affection for the players during the meeting," the source said.
The way we see it
As the only former NFL player to own a team, Richardson has a very unique perspective on the labor negotiations. He has a reputation of getting a bit out of line at times, so for this report to come out is not a huge shock. The truth might never actually come out of what is said during these negotiations, but as the calendar moves closer to the March 4 deadline, it is expected that much worse will be uttered than, "What do you know about player safety?"