Jalen Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, came to the defense of his client after Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin told reporters he believes all his players should be participating at his team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.
“To be clear, Jalen Ramsey is exactly where Jalen should be during his off season,” Mulugheta wrote Friday on Twitter. “He’s spending time with his young daughter & family while training in his hometown of Nashville. In addition the Jags are fully aware of why he is not taking part in the voluntary off season program.”
To be clear, Jalen Ramsey is exactly where Jalen should be during his off season. He’s spending time with his young daughter & family while training in his hometown of Nashville. In addition the Jags are fully aware of why he is not taking part in the voluntary off season program
— David Mulugheta (@DavidMulugheta) April 19, 2019
Coughlin seemingly called out Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith, without identifying them by name, as multiple reports indicated they were the only two players missing this week from the voluntary workouts.
“We’re very close to 100 percent attendance, and quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side by side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals,” Coughlin said, per ESPN.com.
“Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team. It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility, and the question is: Can we count on you?”
Coughlin’s comments sparked some controversy as he made the voluntary workouts sound mandatory.
It garnered a response from NFLPA president Eric Winston, who said in a statement: “Our CBA definition of voluntary is the same as the actual definition of voluntary and prohibits anyone from threatening players to participate in voluntary workouts. This is precisely the reason players negotiated strict work rules and bright lines when it comes to offseason activities. We know, from experience, that not all coaches and executives will adhere to them and we always pursue any violations to protect our rules.”