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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, seven others file antitrust suit

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Ten players, including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, seeking to prevent the owners from locking the players out.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court immediately after the players’ union decertified on Friday.

The players have asked for an injunction that would keep the league operating and stop the teams from a lockout when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, at midnight.

The other players named in the lawsuit are Vincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Logan Mankins, Brian Robison, Osi Umenyiora, Mike Vrabel and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller.

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  1. trigdaddy says: Mar 11, 2011 7:06 PM

    Von Miller can file an antitrust suit before he even gets drafted?

  2. 4evrnyt says: Mar 11, 2011 7:06 PM

    With all this action from the union happening so quickly it’s hard not to believe the owners when they say that the Union never intended on negotiating. Seems like the union had everything in place and lined up to go.

  3. indycolt45 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:09 PM

    What happens if the judge rules in favor of the players here? Keep the current CBA? For how long? I’m a little disappointed in the lack of information here.

  4. thespeaker08 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:09 PM

    And thus begins the one week of “We are UNITED!” and then the “Oh Sh#T i’m not getting paid…lets do this.”

  5. nanner12wojo says: Mar 11, 2011 7:10 PM

    Ben Leber….I just saw him Tuesday night at the Minnesota Wild game. I take it he hasn’t been in Washington DC involved in negotiations?

  6. runtheball says: Mar 11, 2011 7:11 PM

    Von Miller isn’t even an NFLPA member yet? What is his standing? They should throw the suit out.

  7. RocksRocksRocks says: Mar 11, 2011 7:12 PM

    No Tiki?

  8. upperdecker19 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:13 PM

    It’s an infringement on their constitutional rights. It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.

    Respectfully,
    Jackie Chiles

  9. chhutson27 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:13 PM

    Von Miller? How’s that working exactly?

  10. rezen73 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:13 PM

    Just curious, how can an undrafted player (Von Miller), who isn’t a party to the current collective bargaining agreement, be party to a lawsuit seeking to prevent a lockout when said CBA expires?

    And won’t him suing the league possibly blacklist him from the Cowboys, whom he has hopes and dreams of playing for? Jerry Jones doesn’t seem like the forgiving type.

  11. thetobygrizwold says: Mar 11, 2011 7:13 PM

    Everybody on three. One. Two. Three. TOBY! TOBY! TOBY! TOBY!

  12. cowboyaggie says: Mar 11, 2011 7:14 PM

    Ok so correct me if I’m wrong but the owners are people that have worked hard in their lives and were smart enough to acquire wealth to buy the NFL teams. They are the ones who have made this league this profitable. Now due to the economy and all the expenses that they have their profits have taken a hit and they want a piece of the pie back. Now the players mostly have not even graduated from college yet get a minimum pay of 400K a year, while players with larger roles on teams usually make millions. How much would these players be making in the outside world with no NFL that the owners created. The players are the greedy ones, not even listening to the owners offers.

  13. red513 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:15 PM

    Wow, Von Miller joined the suit. What are the chances this adversely affects his draft position?

  14. FinFan68 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:16 PM

    A college linebacker? Really?

  15. eaglebobby says: Mar 11, 2011 7:16 PM

    So the ink wasn’t even dry on the statement and these guys file suit??? Yeah, the union really wanted to negotiate–not. And Von Miller, you’re a fool–you’re not even in the NFL yet and are already a part of this suit?? If you were hoping to go in the 1st round, I think you’ll be waiting in round 3–if you’re lucky.

  16. kazkal says: Mar 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    Von miller is a idiot,lets piss off the hand that feeds you before you even get your first pay check.

  17. johnelwayismydad says: Mar 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    This sucks!!

  18. poboysandwich says: Mar 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    So… A player that hasnt been drafted or part of the nfl is part of the suit?

  19. 69jaredallen69 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    Jeffrey Kessler is DeMaurice Smith’s Daddy…seriously Billionaires vs. Millionaires and I am supposed to feel sorry for either side. I don’t understand how you are allowed to decertify, go to court and then once case is over recertify like nothing happened. It is a sham and should not be allowed…there should be some sort of penalty for decertifying

  20. mytina says: Mar 11, 2011 7:20 PM

    A little help?…What does Von Miller have to do with the anti-trust suit by NFL players?

  21. gilfest says: Mar 11, 2011 7:20 PM

    Von Miller? He’s still a college student, and has never been a member of the NFLPA. The Union is short sighted in this deal making process, and will start the ball rolling to a short season.

  22. hobartbaker says: Mar 11, 2011 7:22 PM

    The three principal victims in the case appeared surprisingly successful, while the seven dwarves were large and robust to a man.

  23. EJ says: Mar 11, 2011 7:24 PM

    Wow, just as they said. I didn’t think it would come to this.

  24. saintswintaintedwin says: Mar 11, 2011 7:24 PM

    I feel for these players how do they live on the chump change the NFL pays them! Poor bastards!

  25. jroneputt says: Mar 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    The NFl should not lock them out, just cut all their salaries and benefits by 50percent since there is no union. Play 20 games instead of 4-16.

    We will then watch the players strike. Oh. wait they are not a union.

  26. SteelTown6 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller?

    bad move moron.

  27. broncobourque says: Mar 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    Whoever advised Von Miller that it was a good idea to join this suit should be fired and never again hired by another ahtlete again. He was a possible top 5 pick but now that he is suing the league I could easily see him dropping out of the top 10, maybe the top 20. Why would you sue the league before even being drafted when the draft is the one thing that was guaranteed to go ahead no matter what?

  28. wryly1 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:28 PM

    Get a grip, people. A non-binding mediation attempt produced nothing. Now the owners are down to two options: 1) initiate bargaining sessions that produce a negotiated settlement, or 2) take their chance in litigation.

    Heres a hot, inside scoop. EVERY SINGLE ONE of the owners lawyers are advising them they are waaaaaay better off negotiating, than taking a chance on what the Court’s are likely to rule.

  29. duanethomas says: Mar 11, 2011 7:28 PM

    Good! This just like that last time when Reggie White and those guys had to file their lawsuit to get The NFL to do a fair deal. The owners are greedy and if left up to them they would go back to a reserve clause system. The NFL didnt get true free agency until 1993. When you think of Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder and Al Davis, what comes to mind? Greed! Would you buy a used car from Snyder? From Jones? They have been planning for this for 3 years, or so they thought. Judge Doty has already dealt them a setback on their lockout insurance. If you cant afford to own a team under a system that is fair to everyone..then sell.

  30. towniesman says: Mar 11, 2011 7:29 PM

    did anyone check an see if Brady’s back from Carnivale

  31. thebigolddog says: Mar 11, 2011 7:30 PM

    “The players have asked for an injunction that would keep the league operating”

    So much for living in a free country when unelected people in black robes can force you to operate you business under their rules.

    I call that tyranny in the extreme. The fact that players who wrap themselves around the flag every chance they get would even consider asking for such a thing is incredible.

  32. jw731 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:31 PM

    Von Miller, Bugs Bunny, and Amelia Earhardt have joined the suit against the NFL…

  33. crackills says: Mar 11, 2011 7:31 PM

    let me get this right.. these duchebags file an injunction to get paid even if when they plan on not showing up to work?

    Must be nice

  34. Kave Krew says: Mar 11, 2011 7:32 PM

    Von Miller? That guy got some stones – I want him on my team for sure

  35. browns11 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:33 PM

    Already left a message on Twitter for Drew Brees telling him how much of a greedy a$$ I feel he and the other players are. The union has a judge in their pocket, so they file suit in the state where he presides. I don’t feel bad for either side and will have much more time for my family on Sundays this fall.

  36. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 7:38 PM

    “With all this action from the union happening so quickly it’s hard not to believe the owners when they say that the Union never intended on negotiating. Seems like the union had everything in place and lined up to go.”

    First off, let me say that since we are where we are, no one really did a particularly good job.

    However, every entity in this fight had a plan B ready to go, and probably plan C, D, E, and F.

    That’s just part of doing your job. I wouldn’t read anything into it. You have to be prepared for any contingency.

  37. scudbot says: Mar 11, 2011 7:39 PM

    Yeah, you like the Pittsburgh Pirates chances to win the World Series like ever? That’s what’ll happen in the NFL if the players prevail. Pure greed, no loyalty. Personally I’d like to see some decent leadership on the players’ side form another players’ union while this one is still dead.

  38. sc2115 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:40 PM

    The NFl should not lock them out, just cut all their salaries and benefits by 50percent since there is no union. Play 20 games instead of 4-16.

    And the players will promptly say “go screw yourselves” and refuse to play. How is this hard to understand?

  39. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 7:41 PM

    “Whoever advised Von Miller that it was a good idea to join this suit should be fired and never again hired by another ahtlete again. He was a possible top 5 pick but now that he is suing the league I could easily see him dropping out of the top 10, maybe the top 20. ”

    Yeah, and Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will get cut tomorrow.

    He may drop a few slots, but probably none. Talent is the primary evaluator.

    And hey, if Von gets his way there may be no draft – and then he’ll be the best LB in a feeding frenzy market.

  40. raiderman41 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:42 PM

    I have no sympathy for these players who are plaintiffs in the antitrust suit. Poor Peyton Manning. Poor Tom Brady. Poor millionaires who have been damaged by the NFL trying to maintain a competitive balance through the draft and limited free agency. Let the players have complete free agency. Let two or three rich teams pay huge salaries to a few stars and buy their championships, while other teams have no chance of even being competitive. Let them watch overall revenues (and salaries) decline as fans stay away in droves because only a few teams will be able to field competitive squads. It’s evident that the owners tried to negotiate, while the players have a take it or leave it attitude. If judge Doty has any sense, he will rule that this decertification IS a sham and send the players back to the bargaining table with their tails between their legs. Let these overpaid players who make millions get real jobs in this economy. These guys wouldn’t last a day working a real job.

  41. footballfan292 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:43 PM

    Why is everyone mad? If the players win this injunction we might still have football this year.

  42. sc2115 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:44 PM

    I have no sympathy for these players who are plaintiffs in the antitrust suit. Poor Peyton Manning. Poor Tom Brady. Poor millionaires who have been damaged by the NFL trying to maintain a competitive balance through the draft and limited free agency.

    Pretty sure that’s not the point at all. Idiot.

  43. descendency says: Mar 11, 2011 7:48 PM

    Von Miller can sue?

    Charlie Sheen wants to know how to get in on this.

  44. goawayeverybody says: Mar 11, 2011 7:49 PM

    I’ll always have basketball. I wish I were a baseball fan, but I just can’t get into it. Sigh.

  45. scudbot says: Mar 11, 2011 7:50 PM

    One good thing: Roger Goodell’s salary just dropped to $0.

  46. profootballwalk says: Mar 11, 2011 7:53 PM

    When Von Miller wants career advice, I”m sure he checks with the Mom’s Basement crowd at PFT. It’s like crowd sourcing, but this crowd has never kissed a girl.

  47. jroneputt says: Mar 11, 2011 7:56 PM

    sc2115, it is easy to understand, the players will then run back to their union leader and say, ooooooh, this is no fair. If they dont play they dont get paid, how hard is that to understand.

  48. hobartbaker says: Mar 11, 2011 7:58 PM

    The plaintiff group is often referred to as Spoiled Whitey and the Seven Mental Midgets.

  49. sportsjustice says: Mar 11, 2011 8:03 PM

    MDS –

    Thanks. Reigning MVP better get a haircut.

  50. purplehayseuss says: Mar 11, 2011 8:17 PM

    Von Miller, setting the record for the shortest NFL career in recorded history. I hear he’s a pretty good person, visiting hospitals, etc. Nice.

    I hope someone visits him when he gets his neck chopped for sticking it out like this.

    The Brady and Manning and Brees royalty have a nice cushion from which to ‘stand’.

    I would love a judge to slap some sense into this whole crew of greedy bastards, but it’ll never come to that. It would be embarrassing to the league and the owners and ‘ol De would have trouble buying more of those fancy hats he likes so much.
    Much chest beating, bleating and posturing, then the draft, then agreement, then bitching, moaning, and, with nothing else to talk about, Favre will speak. And the entire sports world will crap itself.

  51. bigtrav425 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:24 PM

    F the players…they are NOT partners with the owners they are the EMPLOYEE. Who the hell is feeding these players some of this stuff. i think its funny to that some of the first few guys are in the top 3-5 of what they make.Im a Drew Bree’s fan but this is making him,along with the other 2 big wigs look like real A-Holes.Hope they can handle the backlash

  52. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:27 PM

    Von Miller filing suit against a company he doesn’t work for yet??? Is this just another Aggie joke? Is he worried about the rookie salary cap? Good grief. The league should cancel the draft too and let the “draftees” just apply for a job with which ever team they want and see how much they make.

    His draft stock just dropped.

  53. richm2256 says: Mar 11, 2011 8:32 PM

    Logan mankins…? You mean that poor, underpaid, $10 million a year “Norma Rae” Logan Mankins?

    He is an inspiration for all those who are against the slave labor in the NFL

  54. 1historian says: Mar 11, 2011 8:38 PM

    Lock one player rep and one owner rep in a room and say “get the deal done!”

    By the way – that really good coffee you just finished? It had ex-lax in it.

    ha

    ha

  55. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 8:45 PM

    As many have been asking, please provide more info on how Von Miller was chosen as the token prospective draftee named in the suit and whether his involvement will have a negative impact on his draft status. I applaud him for having the courage of his convictions.

  56. angrycorgi says: Mar 11, 2011 8:45 PM

    So what have we learned? The “tough” football players are really just a bunch of pu$$1es…go figure…

  57. angrycorgi says: Mar 11, 2011 8:48 PM

    And the players will promptly say “go screw yourselves” and refuse to play. How is this hard to understand?

    —–

    And then the 98% of college athletes who were NOT drafted will raise their hands and say “hey, that’s still better than what we’re making now…where do we sign??!”

  58. clownburger says: Mar 11, 2011 8:58 PM

    Bring on the replacement players baby!

    Screw the rest of these dolts!

  59. fromundacheese says: Mar 11, 2011 9:06 PM

    “And the players will promptly say “go screw yourselves” and refuse to play. How is this hard to understand?”

    I doubt it. After about one week of realizing that their paychecks have quit coming and without football, well, they really have no marketable job skills that could land a job over $30K a year—you’d see 90% of the players in the NFL come begging on hands and knees to just be allowed to come back and play football again. These guys would do it for UFL wages if there were no other options. What else are they going to do, use their numerous graduate degrees to apply for medical school? Or maybe just live comfortably off the proceeds from their extremely frugal and wisely managed investment portfolios?

    Wake up idiots—you’re making serious money living a dream others can only fantasize about. Be careful or you’ll end up getting exactly what you deserve.

  60. broncobourque says: Mar 11, 2011 9:08 PM

    @sc2115
    The NFl should not lock them out, just cut all their salaries and benefits by 50percent since there is no union. Play 20 games instead of 4-16.

    And the players will promptly say “go screw yourselves” and refuse to play. How is this hard to understand?

    That would put the players in breach of contract. They have no union now, they can’t just go on strike. Now the league can’t just cut current contracts by 50% either but without a union or CBA, there is no league minimum salary anymore, if a team wants to sign bottom of the roster players for $50,000 there is nothing stopping them.

    And before you say no good players would work for that, how little do you think an undrafter player would take to get a chance in the NFL? You know a player like Arian Foster maybe?

  61. abninf says: Mar 11, 2011 9:13 PM

    The players should go to the commissioners office, dress up in costumes, make some signs, bang on drums and get dragged away by the police when a news camera is on them. The union way.

  62. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Mar 11, 2011 9:22 PM

    Are you guys really this dumb? Almost every post is criticizing Von Miller for doing this, as if he just up and decided to do it on his own.

    Clearly, the NFLPA wanted him to do it for the rookie class, as he is a likely high draft pick. Why is he wrong for trying to make as much money as he can?

    Or would you guys turn down the chance to make more money?

  63. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 11, 2011 9:31 PM

    Bleep you DEM-aurice Smith, NFLPA and your SEIU like low-life lawyers. And Bleep you especially Tom Brady. Bleep you and your FAIRY tale life (and I do mean FAIRY tale). No matter how clutch you once were, no matter how good you have been during the regular season, when the whole season has been on the line you have failed EVERY SINGLE TIME since 2006. This lawsuit stands to be your BIGGEST failure yet. If this matter drags on, Patriots fans will never forgive you. I pray my Pats trade you to San Francisco where you belong, and bring in a real man to be quarterback. Tony Eason would be a nice upgrade. Maybe John Hannah and Gisele could help him into your dress and your Uggs!

  64. tdk24 says: Mar 11, 2011 9:33 PM

    10 football players, meet Mr. Blacklist!

  65. richm2256 says: Mar 11, 2011 9:44 PM

    sc2115 says:

    And the players will promptly say “go screw yourselves” and refuse to play. How is this hard to understand?
    ————————————————-
    And they’ll do WHAT for a living????

    Most of these guys would be hard pressed to pull down $100K a year without the NFL.

  66. 14fairways says: Mar 11, 2011 9:54 PM

    after reading the offer the NFLPA rejected (or actually, never even considered), I will be boo-ing these 10 players as loud as I can, until my lungs bleed, every time I’m at a game they play in

  67. drumzan says: Mar 11, 2011 9:59 PM

    Is this the dream team that will bring Favre and his bucket out of retirement this year?

  68. shempnet says: Mar 11, 2011 10:05 PM

    The little old lady who spilled the hot coffee in her lap, Von Miller, and Charlie Sheen have filed an injunction on Tom Brady’s new Pony

  69. tervvo says: Mar 11, 2011 10:05 PM

    The players were ready to fight the billionaires because they are multi++millionaires and vice versa.
    Nobody to feel for here, except the dependent economy.
    And maybe fans.

  70. boblavoie says: Mar 11, 2011 10:06 PM

    The end of the NFL as I know it.

    What a sorry state of affairs. With 20% of people out of work in this country, with the USA in financial trouble with talk of ending Medicare and Social Security we are all focused on whether there will be football this year? What the f.

    I have been an NFL fan for many years but this makes me sick enough to say screw it – I will find better things to do with my time and money.

    The fans are what makes the NFL – So the owners and players better get their priorities in order. You stand to loose millions of loyal fans along with all the money you make ON US.

    You all better fix this before it’s too late – like now!

    PS: I will still be fishing with you Pete and John this spring.

  71. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:07 PM

    He’s an Aggie. That’s why he is the token newbie, Deb. None of the other draftees we willing to bite the hand that feeds them.

  72. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 10:14 PM

    “And then the 98% of college athletes who were NOT drafted will raise their hands and say “hey, that’s still better than what we’re making now…where do we sign??!””

    And then the games will look like junk, and ratings will drop 66%.

    And the ONLY revenue stream that really matters – TV – dries up.

    And then teams start folding. A year later you are down 6 franchises with 4 more teetering.

    The end.

    Ya know what question Bunk Moreland would be asking us all at that stage?

  73. moochzilla says: Mar 11, 2011 10:16 PM

    “As many have been asking, please provide more info on how Von Miller was chosen as the token prospective draftee named in the suit and whether his involvement will have a negative impact on his draft status. I applaud him for having the courage of his convictions.”

    My guess would be that he had the least exposure. Even if 3 owners want to screw him he’ll still go top 12.

    So, yeah, kudos to him. He put his neck out there.

  74. qb19 says: Mar 11, 2011 10:38 PM

    cowboyaggie says:
    Mar 11, 2011 7:14 PM
    Ok so correct me if I’m wrong but the owners are people that have worked hard in their lives and were smart enough to acquire wealth to buy the NFL teams. They are the ones who have made this league this profitable. Now due to the economy and all the expenses that they have their profits have taken a hit and they want a piece of the pie back. Now the players mostly have not even graduated from college yet get a minimum pay of 400K a year, while players with larger roles on teams usually make millions. How much would these players be making in the outside world with no NFL that the owners created. The players are the greedy ones, not even listening to the owners offers.
    =================================

    @cowboy maggie, I agree with your sentiments, but enough with the Copy and Pasting of the same comments in every thread. Bring an original thought next thread.

  75. goldsteel says: Mar 11, 2011 10:47 PM

    I’m disappointed by these events. The NFLPA with the request for 10 years of financial records knew the owners would never agree to it. The union had made up it’s mind to decertify well before Friday.

    The owners may have originally poisoned the waters with the 4 Billion slush fund for the lockout. But the union has only added to the contention between both sides. I believe both sides are bargaining in bad faith. No matter what happens there are no winners here. An NFL legal analyst predicted an agreement may not come until August when money becomes an issue. If true 2011 will be a lame duck season.

    NFL? What NFL?

  76. theallegedone says: Mar 11, 2011 10:54 PM

    Wow. I see we HAVE FULL BLOWN IDIOTS POSTING ON THIS. 1st off…do you people read the posts before you comment? About 75% of you said the same thing. No reason to keep it going when you can just click on a thumbs up or down.

    SECONDLY…Von Miller is part of the NFLPA.

    Per Adam Shefter: Von Miller’s involved due to the NFL wanting to institute a rookie salary cap and impact his earning potential. He has an agent and is considered a professional athlete. He signed with his agent prior to decertification, therefore he IS A MEMBER of the NFLPA.

    Maybe you people should know more about the game and what’s going on , rather than just turning your tv to fox on sundays and posting idiot comments on here.

  77. holeinone09 says: Mar 11, 2011 11:10 PM

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning file suit against the NFL. On the last day of negotiations. Nicely orchestrated, guys. Two of the highest (or to be highest) paid players in the league, and two of the MOST PROTECTED from hits by the NFL. Nicely played boys. I have an idea. Instead of filing a lawsuit, go get another job then if you have been treated so poorly by the NFL. Go do charity work.

  78. eagleswin says: Mar 11, 2011 11:14 PM

    theallegedone says:
    Mar 11, 2011 10:54 PM
    SECONDLY…Von Miller is part of the NFLPA.

    Per Adam Shefter: Von Miller’s involved due to the NFL wanting to institute a rookie salary cap and impact his earning potential. He has an agent and is considered a professional athlete. He signed with his agent prior to decertification, therefore he IS A MEMBER of the NFLPA.
    ————————–
    There is no more NFLPA. Didn’t you hear that they decertified or are you waiting for it to be on FOX on Sunday?

    The lawsuit is being filed by individuals. Otherwise, it sounds about right.

  79. henryjones20 says: Mar 11, 2011 11:20 PM

    so much hate 4 von miller and D.Smith but not 2 much 4 brady,brees and manning?hmmmm i wonder why? haha. 18 game season seems insane 2 me

  80. covercorner says: Mar 12, 2011 12:33 AM

    Von Miller is suing because he does not want a rookie wage scale.

  81. tdk24 says: Mar 12, 2011 11:58 PM

    covercorner says:
    Mar 12, 2011 12:33 AM
    Von Miller is suing because he does not want a rookie wage scale.

    That is so crazy I can’t believe it. You can sue a company that don’t even work for because you wouldnt like the wage that they would pay if you did work for them? That takes balls. I’m siding with the owners. This player mentality that they are owed certain things from nfl franchises must be stopped.

  82. patsfan51 says: Mar 13, 2011 12:15 PM

    Wisconsin got it right……bust the unions!

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