The NFL and the NFL Players Association have been locked in a war of words over players’ use of the phrase “comfort food.”
Players are claiming the phrase implies the team is providing them with food.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday defended the league’s decision to ban players from eating “comfort foods” in order to “protect the health and welfare of our players.” “
The NFLPA takes these allegations very seriously, and we are going to defend this statement with all the vigor we can.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday defended the league’s decision to ban players from eating “comfort foods” in order to “protect the health and welfare of our players.”
“We are committed to ensuring that our players and fans have access to a full range of healthy food options,” Goodell said in a statement.
“We believe that the phrase ‘comfort food’ is not meant to imply that these products are made with an ingredient that is harmful to the health of our athletes.
It is simply intended to be a common-sense way of describing what our players are doing when they are eating.”
NFLPA Players Association president DeMaurice Smith called the NFL’s move “unfair” and said the league “should be embarrassed by the suggestion that it is catering to the NFLPA’s needs.”
“The phrase ‘coffee,’ ‘beer,’ and other ‘comfort foods’ are not the words that the NFL uses to describe these foods.
They are the words of the league,” Smith said in an interview with ESPN.
“So, for them to suggest that the players are getting a special treat or are somehow catering to their interests, it’s offensive.”
Smith added that he would “fight tooth and nail” to keep players’ access to the food.
“I would never compromise the safety of my players in any way, shape or form,” he said.