Terrell Suggs on the NFL labor situation: 'I think it's bananas'

July 22, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The NFL owners and players have a few final hurdles to clear before labor peace is reached, but Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs thinks it is "ridiculous" that the two sides have yet to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. He didn’t point any fingers; he just expressed disappointment with the situation.

“I think it’s bananas. It’s crazy that we’re still here, that we ain’t got nothing done. What’s going on right now is just ridiculous,” Suggs said Friday afternoon. “We’re in a very fortunate business. The NFL is a very fortunate business. The players are very fortunate. And like I’ve said, who’s really losing out is the younger guys in the league and most importantly our fans, the people who make our business run.

“I just hate that it’s taking too long to do what’s right. Let’s stop being egotistical and let’s just do what’s right for the owners and the players and the fans. There’s a great area in everything, and we’ve got to be able to find it. And it’s got to be right, it’s got to be fair to all parties involved.”

Suggs has stayed busy this offseason by running his production company, Team Sizzle Worldwide. He did the Cannes Film Festival and principal photography for his latest film project, “The Coalition,” has been completed. The trailer was released this week.

“For my first feature film, I just wanted to write something that people can relate to, something that was real,” Suggs said in a phone interview. “I really wanted it to hit home with people. … Basically, what it’s about is the many different complications of male-and-female relationships. Everybody has been broken up with. Everybody has broken up with somebody. It’s just the different politics between men and women.”

Don’t worry, Ravens fans. He said he has been staying in shape. Last year, a slimmer Suggs showed up at training camp and he had a monster season. He has added boxing and MMA training to his workout regime.

Suggs said that as the labor brouhaha wages on, he has “unplugged these last couple of weeks.” I suspect Suggs isn’t the only player who is simply sitting back and letting the player’s union handle its business.

“At the start, I was very plugged in. But then the requests got ridiculous and I couldn’t believe the things that they were proposing and still are proposing,” Suggs said. “I just trust my reps, I trust the player’s union that they’re not going to let us get screwed over, so I kind of unplugged these last couple of weeks. I’m just being a family man, going on vacation, and when it’s over and it’s time to get back to work, I will do so.”

Players have been afforded extra time this offseason to branch out on personal projects like Suggs has, spend time with family (or start families in the case of some players), and simply relax after taking years worth of pounding on the field. But Suggs said the players will have no problem flipping the switch and switching their focus back to football whenever the lockout ends. When the dust clears, it’s go time.

“It may take a couple of practices, a couple of days to get the rust off,” Suggs said. “But we’re professionals, this is what we do.”

*** Blogger’s note: I spoke at length with Terrell about his aspirations in the film industry and whether he wants to get into acting , and I will have something about that up on the blog in the next few days.

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