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Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:39 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 10:15 pm
 
Carl Eller is one of the plaintiffs suing the NFLPA (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just because the NFL lockout is over and the owners and players have signed a new CBA (without, mind you, agreeing to HGH testing), that doesn’t mean the lawsuits have stopped.

No, not in regards to the former NFL players who believe they helped make the current NFL what it is today and also feel like they’re getting screwed in the aftermath.

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel reports the latest, as a group of 28 former players, including Hall of Famers like Carl Eller (pictured at right), Chuck Bednarik and Elvin Bethea, have filed a lawsuit against the NFLPA, union executive director DeMaurice Smith, and Tom Brady and Mike Vrabel, two of the plaintiffs from the lockout lawsuit.

The suit -- filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis -- states that when the NFLPA decertified last March, the players were in no position to bargain for and agree to the benefits for the retired players, and as Wetzel writes, the players want a declaration that “the ‘right to negotiate with the League the rights and benefits for NFL retirees’ rests with the Eller plaintiffs.”

The veterans’ attorney Michael Hausfeld said this lawsuit does not affect the current labor peace but that the former players want to readjust the benefits they’ve received in the new CBA.

Said Hausfeld: "The retirees rights were sacrificed for the benefit of the active players.”

Why this continues to come about, I think, is a general feeling of disrespect from the current players to those who came before them. That’s the sense I got from former Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini when CBSSports.com spoke to him recently. Even with the $620 million Legacy Fund created by the NFL and the NFLPA in the new CBA, the players obviously feel that doesn’t adequately compensate them for their sacrifices in the past.

“I think it’s a travesty the way they treat the older players,” Pastorini said. “I’m part of that group. They’re throwing us a bone with the $620 million. By the time they get to a new CBA after 10 years, they won’t have to worry about us pre-(19)93er’s. It’s sad, but it’s their M.O. They want to wait for us to die.

“What they’re talking about now is to give us a bone and to shut us up. It’s just wrong. It’s damn wrong. And the players association is just as greedy as the owners are, if not more so. The players don’t go to bat for us, which makes us ashamed.”

Although some current players, like Saints quarterback Drew Brees, have advocated for the retirees, the general feeling of discontent still lingers. Now, the former players are hoping the court system will bestow upon them the relief they feel the NFLPA hasn’t given to them.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA




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Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

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Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

The suit -- filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis -- states that when the NFLPA decertified last March, the players were in no position to bargain for and agree to the benefits for the retired players, and as Wetzel writes, the players want a declaration that “the ‘right to negotiate with the League the rights and benefits for NFL retirees’ rests with the Eller plaintiffs.”

Anyone that didn’t see this coming wasn’t following the NFL labor dispute closely enough. The owners questioned the legality of the player’s decertification in the beginning of the process, which may play into the retired player’s hand.

So in essence, did the players have the right to negotiate for the retired players following decertification? One must remember the players didn’t recertify till after the new agreement had been reached.

Should be interesting to see how this plays out. Besides, with Peyton Manning out with neck problems the likelihood of a good Brady vs. Manning thread is probably on hold.

Stay cool.




Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Did they agree to the terms at the time it was proposed and was the league honest with what it knew about injuries? If both those answers are yes, then I am sorry, they don't deserve more. It makes me sound unsympathetic, but if I agree to a contract OF ANY KIND and am given all information known at the time, I am in no way "owed" anything more than what I signed up for. I am an artist and if I agree to a contract in a show, I'm in, even if something unexpected happens...that's how it works, that's why you read a contract. If I sell a piece now, I can't come back to that gallery in ten years when I'm a millionaire artist and sue the gallery for what the piece is worth now...

The only interesting part of this is whether the NFL players were allowed to make decisions for the retirees when the NFLPA was disbanded. That's the only part of this I see as a valid suit. Otherwise it's unsympathetic, it's a bit unfair, but that's how business works...

If you aren't looking out for your future well-being, there probably isn't anyone that is...BUT, that doesn't mean you can go back and just demand things that were overlooked or not though of at the time... 



Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

These players are not showing greed. They are asking for what is owed to them. They are not looking for a payday. They are looking for much needed help with their medical bills. The majority of NFL players "retire" from the NFL while they are still at the ripe old age of their mid-20's. Those of you that attempt to compare your job to that of a professional football player are comparing apples to oranges. Many of these players are dealing with crippling life-long injuries and are asking their former employer to help with the medical bills. Many of these former players are 30 years from receiving their pension and when they do it will equate to just a few hundred dollars per month. Many of these former players have applied for medical compensation that has been offered to them by the NFL, but are denied their rightful earned benefits over and over again. This is not a story of former players trying to join the gravy train for one more big time payday. This is a story of former employees trying to get what is rightfully theirs.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Oh, boo hoo,  what the bottom line is these players are jealous todays players are making way more money than they did.  The other problem is those who are suing are upset they either had to get a job when they retired, or the didn't get a job and their money has run out.  So now they fill they are entitled to the money being handed out now. 

It's always someone elses fault as to why I don't have what I want.  Isn't that the theme for today's society.  Too bad these fools don't realize after they pay their lawyers they won't get anything anyway.  The lawyers are like vultures,  any kind of lawsuit they can dream of they will pursue.  I mean after all it was Sugarlands fault the wind blew the stage over in Wisconson isn't it?  That's why Sugarland is being sued.  The same thing here,  it is todays players and owners fault that TV paid them Billions and Billions of dollars so they can show their games and the players get a percentage of that money. 

If it wasn't so funny, the pity would have to bring tears to your eyes.




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

The real problem that I have with this law suit is that these players chose not to do anything for the retired players when they played, and now they expect the current players to give up some of there money to make there lives better.  Can you say HYPOCRITES?  What a joke!




Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Retired Players:  REALLY?!?!?  You played football.  You chose that line of work knowing the risks.  May I also add that you enjoyed the benefits as well.  The accolades, the women, the fame, and, for the better players, the fortune of talking about a game for a living to others that live for the game.

The NFLPA's job is to look out for their constituency.  That consists only of currently active players.  Not only did the NFLPA do a good job in getting concessions for their memebers, but they even threw retirees $62 million a year, even though they do not currently work for or are members of the NFLPA.  Sounds a bunch like Social Security, where someone has to pay for them because they did this or that in the past.  Let's then push this cost onto the younger Americans who are already struggling to find housing and food.

Because retirees couldn't get a bigger handout from the latest bargaining agreement, they sue.  Typical Americans these days. 


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