Hunter Hillenmeyer feels “compelled to speak out”

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Former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer attended one day of mediation here in Washington, and he served as the team’s player representative.

In a blog for NBC Chicago tonight, Hillenmeyer didn’t mince words in ripping the NFL, in particular lead negotiator Jeff Pash.

Hillenmeyer insisted he didn’t want to lie, mislead or speculate on anything.

“While my natural bias in these negotiations, as a player who has been actively involved in these proceedings, will affect my perspective, I hope to offer fans, more than anything, the most accurate depiction I can of how things are actually developing.

“When I watch Jeff Pash, head negotiator for the NFL and ownership, go on national television and poison any atmosphere of mutual best interest that has existed to this point, I feel compelled to speak out. That man is, at best, intentionally shrouding the real interactions that took place in negotiations and, at worst, lying through the camera to millions of hardworking NFL fans.”

Hillenmeyer said he’s read every detail of the assorted proposals from the NFLPA.

“Until this week, the NFL made no meaningful counterproposals to its original stance from months and months ago,” Hillenmeyer wrote. “We, the NFLPA, were negotiating with a brick wall. For Mr. Pash to depict the ultimate failure by both sides to reach an agreement as a coup d’tat by the players is just irresponsible.”

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