DeMaurice Smith criticizes NFL

Updated: August 29, 2012, 3:31 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith called the league's lockout of officials "absurd" and would not rule out a players strike.

In a recent interview with SI.com, Smith cited widespread concerns over players' long-term health, claiming that replacement referees have created an environment that jeopardizes player safety.

"In America it is the employer's obligation to provide as safe a working environment as possible," Smith told the website. "We believe ...

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