This letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went out to players Thursday and was published by CBSsportsline.com's Mike Freeman. Here it is in its entirety:
Dear NFL player,
As you know, negotiations between the NFL Players Association and the clubs have not led to an agreement. Last Friday, the NFLPA Walked out of the federal mediator’s offices in Washington, told us that it had abandoned its right to represent you as a union, and filed a lawsuit. Some hours later, the clubs instituted a lockout.