The Carolina Panthers are nowhere close to being a Super Bowl contender, and Yahoo’s Michael Silver isn’t afraid to say it.
After offensive tackle Jordan Gross and the Panthers denied Silver and other NFL reporters access to team workouts with the help of a uniformed police officer, Silver voiced his displeasure.
“You guys are acting like morons — and wimps,” said Silver in an article on Yahoo Sports.
Silver ripped the players’ actions and held nothing back.
“This just in, guys: Nobody wants to steal any of your secrets, unless they’re looking for a primer on how not to play professional football,” said Silver.
Silver’s true displeasure stems from the fact that Panthers players are missing out on an opportunity to be heard. He said that in a time of labor dispute and disagreements, fans want to hear from players. Instead of jumping at the opportunity, Silver called players “lackeys” for refusing to speak their minds.
However, Silver was more upset with the refusal of access for no good reason.
“I demand access because, in most cases, you, the fan, seeks information,” said Silver. “From what I can tell, many of you have a ravenous appetite for stories and rumors surrounding your favorite NFL teams and players, even in the middle of the offseason.
“On a positive note, once the lockout ends and the games begin, you’ll have to play a lot better than you did last year to merit any coverage whatsoever from reporters like me.”
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