Last month a report came out that the NFLPA was telling incoming rookies not to attend the 2011 NFL draft in New York City. Their reasoning, according to the reports at the time, was that they didn't want these rookies to walk onto stage at Radio City Music Hall and shake hands with the man -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- who was locking them out.
The reaction was loud and angry. Fans didn't like it, many current players didn't like it and even several incoming rookies said they would attend if asked.
One player, Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, was asked to attend. He wrote on his Twitter account last week:
"Just got my invitation to radio city on April 28th!!! Decisions decisions! To be with my family and friends or to experience sometimes I always wanted to! Tough tough."
Apparently he's made the decision. Clayborn's latest tweet says he's headed to New York:
"Accepted my invite to the draft this morning! Exciting stuff. Alot of work to put in before then tho."
So that's that. We'll see if others follow suit -- I'd guess many of them will.
The NFLPA is hosting a series of events on draft weekend for the players that won't conflict with the draft. So if they want to attend, they can. That said, some are wondering if there's some unspoken pressure from veteran players not to attend the draft.
For Clayborn, he's not feeling that pressure.