Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith comment at end of two days of talks in Hull
|06.23.11 at 6:13 pm ET|
Here are the statements made by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith made to reporters Thursday afternoon at the end of two days of talks between the players and owners at Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull:
Goodell: ‘You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.’
Smith: ‘Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it. Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.’
According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, players involved in the talks this week included Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Jeff Saturday, as well as owners Jerry Richardson (Carolina), Clark Hunt (Kansas City), Robert Kraft (Patriots), John Mara (New York Giants) and Dean Spanos (San Diego). Aiello tweeted Thursday afternoon that ‘the talks will continue’ as both sides try and end the lockout, which began in March and is now the longest work stoppage in NFL history.