Steelers NFLPA rep expects work stoppage in 2021 over drug policy

Monday August 22nd, 2016

Steelers NFLPA rep Ramon Foster is warning players to brace for a work stoppage in 2021 when the current collective bargaining agreement expires, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

“Hit them in the pocket. That way, money always talks,” Foster said. “For us to do that, we have to save on our end. We can’t be just blowing money and not realize what’s coming, especially with guys coming into the league now.”

The comments come in light of two drug suspensions handed down to his teammates; Le’Veon Bell was given a four-game suspension, which was negotiated down to three, and Martavis Bryant was banned for the entire season. Both were disciplined for marijuana use.

While that is the issue his team immediately faces, Foster said, “There are bigger issues than pot.”

After the previous CBA expired, in 2010, NFL players locked out. The Steelers were the only team to vote against the agreement that eventually passed.

– Kenny Ducey

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