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Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:05 am
Edited on: September 25, 2011 10:57 am
BensonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In a somewhat weird story,’s Ryan Wilson wrote Saturday about the supposed deal the NFLPA struck with the NFL in which the union agreed to allow the league to suspend eight players for actions that occurred during the lockout.

Among the names that Yahoo Sports reported that the league could suspend: Aqib Talib and Kenny Britt (though Roger Goodell, thus far, has not punished either), Cedric Benson, Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Underwood, Clark Haggans, Johnny Jolly and Adam Jones.

Apparently, Benson -- who already served only a few days of his 20-day jail sentence after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of assault -- isn’t a fan of that deal.

According to Pro Football Talk, Benson has filed a charge of unfair labor practice against the NFLPA.

Apparently, Benson didn’t know about the agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA -- which was signed, sealed and delivered in early August.

Benson is arguing to the National Labor Relations Board that the NFLPA wasn’t a union during the lockout -- the NFL and a group of retired players all have made the same claim in various lawsuits because, in fact, the NFLPA decertified before the lockout began and took great pains to announce that it no longer was a union -- and Benson also says that he wasn’t an employee of any team during the lockout. Benson reasons that he shouldn't be suspended for actions that occurred when he wasn't an employee of the NFL or of the Bengals.

It just goes to show that even though the lockout has ended and the union has reformed, not everybody is feeling such a sense of solidarity.

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Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:36 am

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Why would the NFLPA agree to this - were they thinking it would be accepted or were they just leaving it up to the wronged individuals to use the courts to defend themselves from the NFL?

By accepting this deal has the NFLPA not failed in their duties do look out for players and do they not take dues from these players thus obligating themselves to defend the players?

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:25 am

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Whether one likes it or not, Cedric Benson is 100% correct.  How can an employer or league suspend someone for actions committed while not a member fo either?

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:23 am

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Man, you were cruising right along doing about 55 mph on the Good Sense highway, and all the sudden you ate s**t.  Cooruptive????

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 11:19 am

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

I agree.  While I am not a fan of the thuggery that goes on with a select few individuals, Benson is right.  He was not an employee of the NFL or it's affiliates during the lockout.  Goodell has proven that he is no better than the idiots who break the rules.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:31 am

Report: Benson files unfair labor practice charge

Benson has a case and precedence. The NFL Players are 'contractors' to the owners, under a signed contract. Since the Owners generated a lockout, all existing contracts were in adjudication (meaning non binding until an agreement is/was ratified). Players actions/behavior during this period of the lockout subjected them to the same legal rights and laws equal to me and other John Q. Public's.

Benson has served time in prison (has a few more days to go), so his due process is being delivered and executed. The NFL really has no authority to punish Benson for this. The owners only have the recourse of dropping Benson (Fire him) or rolling with him as a player/contractor. If the Bengals drop Benson, they can request restituition for bonus $$$.

In short, the players should've (and some have) faced the law with their own personal attorneys, with their fate tied to the mercy of the courts and due process given. For Goodell to mainstay this type of totalitarian power and process is coorruptive.

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