Thomas Jones still hits hard. Just on Twitter, not the field.
The new NFL CBA was passed on Sunday by a slim, slim margin of 60 votes (1019 to 959). Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey pointed out that there were roughly 500 players who didn't vote on the new CBA.
This caught the eye of Jones, who played for the Bears, Jets and Chiefs; he tore into players who didn't cast a vote on Sunday.
If you're one of the 500 NFL player dumbasses too sorry & uninformed about your own damn livelihood to vote on the new CBA you should be slapped repeatedly.....
— Thomas Q. Jones (@thomasqjones) March 15, 2020
"If you're one of the 500 NFL player dumbasses too sorry & uninformed about your own damn livelihood to vote on the new CBA you should be slapped repeatedly....." the Tweet reads. (The five periods really hammer the point home. Also, credit to Jones for taking the time to find the ampersand on the keyboard).
Jones has something of a point here, even if it is a bit harsh: Voting for the new CBA was publicly contentious, as several big-name players took to social media, urging players to vote no on the proposal. Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, Russell Wilson, Maurkice Pouncey and others have voiced displeasure over the proposal prior to its passing.
So, for roughly 20 percent of players to not band together for the cause is pretty damning, especially when the league's veterans and most public opposition to the deal made it a point to get out there and vote one way or the other.
Well, in any case, the voting has passed, the CBA is in place and there's another decade of labor peace in football coming — even if it's going to teach players a lesson at a later time.