John Hogan Asks a Question
John Hogan – an Attorney who specializes in Disability for over 25 years – asks: What is a promise?
Subject: Commissioner Goodell’s Alliance 2/29/08
In June of 2007, NFLPA representative Doug Ell testified to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law ( Washington DC) that the NFL and NFLPA, “recently agreed to immediately grant T(otal)&P(ermanent) disability benefits to players already receiving social security disability”. However, this has not been the case. More than 7 months have passed and we are still waiting. This is contrary to what was promised to Congress. My suggestion is, “make your yes mean yes and your no mean no”.
The press release on 2/29/08 states that, “players who were denied benefits under the NFL plan but have subsequently been found disabled by social security (may) have their cases (reconsidered). Reconsidered does NOT mean, “to immediately grant”. Is this consistent with the Congressional testimony given?
With all due respect Mr. Ell, “you have a credibility issue with retired players”. With this type of mentality that the NFLPA unwittingly displayed, I now have to question if this alliance is even real. Is it? The standard of integrity seems to only lower itself. Is it wrong to promise the Senate one thing and then do your own thing?
We look forward to your responses, Roger Goodell and Gene Upshaw.
Dave & Heidi Pear
Social Security Disability