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NFL Players Sue Coaches

April 19, 2012 by staff 

NFL Players Sue Coaches, In a legal skirmish between unions, the NFL Players Association is suing the NFL Coaches Association in D.C. Superior Court for about $650,000. he NFLPA’s complaint says it loaned the coaches’ group that amount “to cover payroll and other NFLCA expenses.” The players’ union is also asking the court to determine whether NFLCA executive director David Cornwell was “lawfully elected” to that post.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the lawsuit is “about settling that debt, nothing more.”

“The NFLCA has made it explicitly clear that they were interested in severing official ties with the NFLPA. As one example, they no longer wanted to be housed here,” Atallah said. “A significant debt was accumulated as a result of our support to them over the years. The current NFLCA leadership doesn’t want to settle the debt.”

In a statement, Cornwell said “the lawsuit and the alleged debt is a smoke screen to prevent the NFLCA from breaking away from the NFLPA. I have seen no evidence that the NFLPA sought to collect this alleged debt when they thought De controlled the Coaches Association.”

Cornwell added that “the players we coach are acting against our interests through their union.”

Cornwell is a lawyer who has represented the NFL and several prominent players, including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He also was a candidate in 2009 to become executive director of the NFLPA, a job that went to DeMaurice Smith.

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