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Vann McElroy has ties to both of the antitrust cases

As we continue to review the documents filed Friday in the case of Tom Brady et al. v. The National Football League et al., we continue to look for ways to justify delaying a comprehensive breakdown of the nuances of the claims and the legal mumbo-jumbo.  (We’ll get to it eventually — what the hell else do we have to write about?)

Here’s an interesting tidbit for those of you not yet inclined to delve into the legalese.  Vann McElroy has a curious connection to the Brady case and its predecessor, the Reggie White antitrust litigation.

The White case, filed more than 20 years ago, officially ended on Friday night at midnight, with the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which sprang from the settlement agreement in the White lawsuit.

In the White case, there were five named plaintiffs:  Reggie White, Michael Buck, Hardy Nickerson, Dave Duerson, and Vann McElroy.

McElroy, a two-time Pro Bowler who spent most of his career with the Raiders, now works as a sports agent.  And two of his clients, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison and Vikings linebacker Ben Leber, are named plaintiffs in the Brady case.  With the first wave of legal documents filed in the Brady case, McElroy and every other agent for the named plaintiffs submitted signed “declarations” (i.e., an affidavit without notarization, permissible in federal litigation) stating various facts on which the plaintiffs rely in support of the motion for preliminary injunction (i.e., the effort to block the lockout while the litigation is pending).

McElroy’s connection to the prior case has no impact on the current case.  It just makes us wonder which of the current plaintiffs will be representing a future plaintiff when this all hits the fan again in 20 years or so.

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6 Responses to “Vann McElroy has ties to both of the antitrust cases”
  1. Uncle Leo says: Mar 13, 2011 2:04 PM

    In the event the lockout ends in labor piece, do you promise never to pen such a less interesting piece as this?

  2. hobartbaker says: Mar 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    The Slow Whites (but not The Seven Dorks) will be representing in Congress or the Senate in 25 years. They’re all wannabes practicing for their second career.

  3. joetoronto says: Mar 13, 2011 9:07 PM

    There’s a blast from the past, Vann McElroy.

    I loved watching him play, the guy was a heat seeking missile.

  4. ballotpull says: Mar 13, 2011 10:27 PM

    vann mcelroy was a bad bad man at safety…

  5. tdk24 says: Mar 15, 2011 6:38 PM

    And this is special why? I guess you could go one more and say that 20 years ago, Al Davis was owner of the Raiders, a team Vann once played for. And now, Al Davis is the owner of the Raiders, a team Vann once played for. My point is, who the f&*k cares! Really, the only thing this thing says is that Vann has been a good enough agent to still be in the business after 20 years.

  6. Al Davis says: Mar 16, 2011 10:34 AM


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