According to multiple league sources, the the union formerly known as the NFL Players Association has asked some of the nation's top prospects to not attend the annual NFL Draft coming up in April.
The NFLPA already has contacted 17 top prospects that ordinarily would have received an invitation to attend the draft and informed them not to go.
So, when Roger Goodell steps up to the podium and says, "With the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Joe Schmo," Schmo (you can imagine whoever you want) might not be there to walk up on the stage in a new suit, put on a Bengals hat and smile for all the cameras.
"As of right now, this is 100 percent happening," said one source familiar with the Players Association's thinking. "This is going down."
What's more important: showing unity with some of the veteran players by boycotting the draft or putting your best foot forward by showing up to the draft, saying, "Hey, I just want to play some football."
For the most part, I try to be fairly objective when I write. However, this argument between millionaires and billionaires is annoying. It's getting to the point that the NFL owners and players for pushing fans away, one at a time.