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Old 07-23-2004   #1
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Missing required meetings can be expensive. Mr. Taylor is not starting off on the right foot in the NFL. At least it looks that way. Perhaps he was meeting with this agent and they will charge Washington for the meeting. I found this kind of interesting.
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I wonder if he knows how to sing I Fought the Law and the Law Won? These upper echelon players need to understand that while their colleges might bend over backwards for them, the NFL isn't going to. Not that $25k puts a dent in his finances.
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Either Mr. Taylor will be a good citizen or he won't be. I doubt 3 days at a seminar will correct whatever personal issues a player has developed over the span of his life. It's little more than a PR stunt for the NFL.
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I get so sick of these 'attitude' plays. Here is a guy who has never played an NFL game, but he decides he knows better than everyone else, so he leaves the meetings. His time is too valuable to do what everyone else has to do.

It reminds me of Tony Stewart leaving a mandatory, NASCAR pre-race meeting during the other racer's Q&A session. He decided the other drivers questions were stupid, so he left the meeting early. In this case, Tony Stewart is a past champion, NOT a rookie! NASCAR took away his qualifying position and made him start at the back of the field (I can't recall if he was also fined). In other words, his negative, arrogant actions off the track hurt his competitive chances on the track, although he was allowed to race.

Maybe Taylor should have been suspended for the first half of the first game, so he couldn't start in the season opener.
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I'm not sure I'm in favor of it either. I was just throwing it out there. I haven't really thought it all through. It just seems fines don't mean a lot to new millionaires. If it affects your team, maybe THEY will let you know about it and get your attitude adjusted. The other factor is publicity. Most new players want face time and dening them a chance to showcase their skills is more important than fine money.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Safety Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for leaving the league's rookie symposium for a day.

The fine is the largest leveled on a rookie for missing the mandatory seminars for first-year players. Ryan Leaf of San Diego and Ron Dayne of the New York Giants were fined $10,000 in 1998 and 2000 - Leaf for leaving early and Dayne for not attending.
The NFL did not announce the fine but a source within the league, who requested anonymity, confirmed to The Associated Press that it had been levied.

Taylor, who starred at Miami, was the fifth player chosen in the April draft. He fired his agent shortly after the draft and waited until this week to hire Eugene Mato and Jeffrey Moorad to start negotiations for a contract with the Redskins.

"There was agreement around the table today that everyone's entitled to a rookie mistake," said Moorad, commenting on the fine following Friday's contract talks in Newport Beach, Calif. "At this point, the focus is on getting his career started with the Redskins."

Moorad and Mato met Thursday and Friday with Redskins director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato, but Cerrato returned to Washington late Friday without a deal.

Moorad's longtime associate, Scott Parker, and Redskins front office negotiator Eric Schaffer will continue the talks Saturday in San Francisco. Moorad said there was still a chance Taylor could be signed on Sunday so that he could attend a three-day "passing camp" starting Monday. Training camp opens next Saturday.

"We haven't given up on Sunday yet," Moorad said. "There's a fair amount of positive momentum, but we're still apart on some significant issues and we're looking for ways to resolve them."

The mandatory rookie symposium is designed to teach rookies about the pitfalls of being an NFL player, with an emphasis on off-the-field behavior.

Taylor attended the first session on Sunday, June 27. He left the next day, then returned for the final session.
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They should have penalized him 10% of his signing bonus, or 10% of his salary cap figure for this year, whichever would be bigger.
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Speaking of Ryan Leaf ...

this is one funny website: http://www.sperts.net/article.php?page=249
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