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April 17, 2013 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Apparently mixing football scouts and reporters is like mixing oil and water.
Renovations to the second floor of the Browns' facility have forced the scouts to temporarily move to the media room downstairs. A partition has been put in place to separate the groups, forcing the media to work in half the space it is accustomed to until the renovation is complete next summer.
The partition blocks the media's access to a room that has a refrigerator and a coffee maker. Two reporters walked around the partition to get to the room Tuesday and apparently weren't warmly received.
A sign was placed outside the scouting room Wednesday telling reporters to stay out. No coffee. No soft drinks. No warm and fuzzy greetings from the scouts.
It's another example of the pompous attitude that permeates the NFL. There's a warped sense of importance in every aspect of the league, not to mention a great deal of misguided concern about having secrets revealed.
There was nothing that a reporter would have seen by taking a few seconds to walk to the food room that could have damaged the plan. Considering how bad the Browns have been since 1999, no one would care to know what they're doing behind closed doors anyway.
Not every individual in the NFL is high-browed and filled with self-importance. Unfortunately, too many are that way, and it's never going to change.
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