NFL lockout: Players use Twitter to vent frustration amid uncertainty


Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan spent Thursday working out. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

Players, at least initially after Commissioner Roger Goodell and owners made their announcement, were extremely displeased and vented on Twitter. Now, in what feels a little like the Day After in a apocalyptic disaster movies, they’ll regroup and decide where to go from here after an angry and odd Thursday night. How weird was it? “NFL lockout had twists, turns & an unsatisfying ending,” Eric Stangel of “Late Show with David Letterman” tweeted. “Who's running this, M. Night Shyamalan??”

Players may well vote as this thing continues to take twists and turns today. As David Cornwell, a lawyer who was worked for the league as well as players, put it on Twitter: “#nfllabor still like sausage? This is how it is made.”

Kinda coming off a little too defensive right now. League owners did the right thing by putting out a proposal. Let’s just go from there.less than a minute ago via TwitBird Favorite Retweet ReplyJeremy Jarmon
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See? It was growing calmer by the end of Thursday night. Earlier, though, Vonnie Holliday of the Washington Redskins wasn’t having any of that . Nor were other players, although Holliday used more colorful language, tweeting that players had been “hoodwinked,” among other things. (This morning on ESPN 980, Holliday stood by that comment, saying, “We were tricked.”)

Look guys I have no reason to lie! The truth of the matter is we got tricked, duped, led astray, hoodwinked, bamboozled!less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyVonnie Holliday
therealholliday

Judging by Twitter, players spent most of the night responding to fans’ criticism. PhillyBlue93 tweeted to Holliday: .48 cents on the $ is a good deal for any employee. U are not the owners, u r workers! Get over ur selves!!

Holliday replied: Not so fast my friend! We are the game. Not the owners!

Players also tweeted their concern about future generations of NFLers; the agreement that NFL owners approved spans 10 years and includes no opt-out clause.

NFL players! Stay strong! We are still fighting for past, present and future players. We will vote when they give us something to vote on!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Replyryan clark
RealRClark25

Chris Long of the St. Louis Rams spent time responding to fans, too, and tweeted “We definitely owe you guys a season, but we need to make sure we all get this right. ... Thanks for yall's patience.”

i’m not sure why everyone is panicking... this deal will get done... when i say patience i am talking days. no one wants a bad dealless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyChris Long
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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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