NFL Players’ Association president Eric Winston said on Thursday he’s open to discussing a women’s team’s benefits program and that the union is “open to doing so.”
“We’re open on that,” Winston said.
“We’re very open.
We’re very supportive of women’s professional sports, and I think that’s an important part of our conversation.
We want to do everything we can to encourage women to play.”NFLPA President Eric Winston talks to reporters on Thursday.
Source Getty ImagesThe NFLPA will host an event to discuss the topic in October, Winston said, and he’s hopeful that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be at the event.NFLPA president Eric ‘The Patriot’ Winston, center, with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and team owner Robert Garber, speaks to reporters in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2017.
The NFL has not responded to a request for comment.
The announcement of a women-only training program was welcomed by many female athletes, including former Super Bowl champion Manti Te’o, who is the only woman to win an NFL Super Bowl.
But some male players were quick to respond to the news, with former NFL quarterback Matt Ryan tweeting that the NFL should do away with the practice of excluding female players.
“It’s a sad day when the only women allowed to play are the guys, and that’s the way the NFL operates,” Ryan tweeted.
“The only women who are allowed to be on the field are the dudes who are going to protect the quarterback and run down the field.
And I’m not going to put up with that.”
Ryan, who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers, said he was “disappointed” in the NFL and that he’s a fan of female athletes but not one who supports a women only training program.
“I’m not a fan, nor am I a follower of the NFL,” Ryan said.
“As an athlete, I don’t think it’s fair, it’s just not how the game is played.
And that’s not my opinion, it isn’t the opinion of the fans.
It’s not something I support.”