More news on the battle against the NFLPA. Hausfeld LLP issued a public statement on behalf of retired football players to Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, stating the case for the expulsion of the NFL Players Association from the AFL-CIO. We’re also including the 10-page letter that was sent to Mr. Trumka detailing how the NFLPA has consistently broken with true Union tradition and principles in the treatment of its retirees as a normal way of doing business. .
. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D- CA) wrote a very clear letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about that legacy fund for disabled and retired players. Of course, if it’s going to be a fair deal, it has to be based on real numbers. But isn’t simply allowing the NFL and its owners pick a number to put on the table like letting a convicted criminal pick his own sentence? Or how about like letting Bernie Madoff tell the Feds how much he stole so he can tell them how much he’s going to pay back to his victims? Her letter makes a clear request for real, audited numbers. . Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge for reading. . ..
Don’t let anyone fool you. Some of the toughest players in the retirees’ struggle with the NFL… are the ladies. No one needs to tell football players or their families about pride, determination, intelligence, grit and the heart it takes to engage in battle. Recently in Washington DC, it became openly clear that women are fearlessly standing up for what is right, breaking through the barriers to take care of the business of football and it’s impact on the lives of our men and our families.continue reading »
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez took 10 minutes to do a serious beat down of Commissioner Roger Goodell in the Congressional Hearings on brain injuries. You can watch her clip below but first we want to take a moment to introduce the new James Bond Dr. No: Ira Casson (we no longer want to call this idiot ‘Doctor’ as he doesn’t merit the respect of his fellow human beings) heads the NFL MTBI Committee that conducts those endless inconclusive studies on traumatic brain injuries for the NFL. This jerk shall henceforth be known as The New Dr. No. Every answer Casson gives in the following clip from Bernard Goldberg’s interview from last May’s HBO Real Sports is an arrogant, “No!” (with a sneer). And it looks like he was also a NO-show at the Congressional hearings as well, much to the Commissioner’s surprise (!).Here’s to Dr. No!<sneer> AAA
And here are Rep. Sanchez’ questions and comments: AAA
The following statements made in the Congressional Report are totally unacceptable! The NFLPA and the NFL have an agreement in the CBA to determine the Total Projected Benefits for active and retired players on an Annual basis. This information should be readily available to the Congress. I have also requested it from the NFLPA Benefits Director and have received no response. (The bold and underlined sections are added by me for emphasis!)
Here’s the Congressional press release in its entirety. You can also download the entire 145 (!) page report (clickHERE). Keep in mind this is only the beginning but it’s a good start. More questions will come out of this inquiry and hopefully even more facts along with some adult supervision at long last!
A press release through Associated press (clickHERE) quotes Rep. Conyers: “I commend the NFL and NFLPA for having taken some affirmative steps since our last hearing, but in my view they still fall short of the goal line,” Conyers said in a news release. “This report identifies major concerns about the long-term health of NFL players that demand further attention. The committee intends to hold hearings and explore possible legislation to address this matter.“