Posted by Josh Katzowitz
In a somewhat weird story, CBSSports.com’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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