NFL Players are using the power of social media to challenge the league’s decision to suspend them for the 2016 season.
NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith said Monday he had signed a “statement of grievance” against the NFL, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already issued a statement saying the suspensions are “unlawful, capricious and capriciously imposed.”
In his statement, Smith accused Goodell of taking “unjust and arbitrary actions” to suspend players without a hearing.
Smith’s statement came as a reaction to the NFL’s suspension of Packers receiver Davante Adams, who was also cited for violating the league rule.
He will serve as an unrestricted free agent, and he said he was “extremely disappointed” with Goodell’s decision.
“I am deeply disappointed that my voice and my rights were disregarded in the name of a collective bargaining agreement that is so antithetical to what I believe in,” Smith said in the statement.
“NFL players, fans and the league itself deserve better.
We will continue to fight for the right to speak and for justice for our players, who have suffered a lack of legal protections, and the NFL has not done so. “
We are disappointed that I was the only player to speak out on behalf of players who have been directly impacted by the NFLPA’s request for suspension.
We need to protect players from the injustice and injustice of this system.” “
In a time of growing public concern and outrage, I am grateful to have had the opportunity and support of our players in speaking out against unfair and caprivolent NFL decisions.
We need to protect players from the injustice and injustice of this system.”
In a statement, the NFL said it is reviewing the league grievance and “will respond in the appropriate manner.”
Smith’s lawyer, Paul A. Kelly, said in a statement that he “will be filing a motion for summary judgment in the event the NFL seeks to dismiss the complaint.”
ESPN’s Tom Pelissero reported that a source close to the situation told Pelisser that Smith was in “shock” and that he was upset that he would have to defend himself in court. “
As we move forward, we will continue our fight to protect our players and the public from the unfairness of the NFL and its policies.”
ESPN’s Tom Pelissero reported that a source close to the situation told Pelisser that Smith was in “shock” and that he was upset that he would have to defend himself in court.
Smith said he did not know the name or location of his lawyer. “
He’s the guy who’s going to have to make his case in court, he’s going the legal route.”
Smith said he did not know the name or location of his lawyer.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would not comment on pending litigation.
Goodell said in his statement Monday that “any violation of the rules is unequivocally prohibited, and any player whose conduct has been determined to be so egregious that it would violate the league rules will be suspended for the duration of the season, regardless of what happens in the court of public opinion.”
The NFLPA said it will continue “to work with our players to address the injustices that have been inflicted on them” in court and with Goodell to ensure the players’ rights are protected.