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Five plaintiffs at antitrust case, including Mike Vrabel

Mike Vrabel AP

A lot of the big names involved in the Brady antitrust lawsuit won’t be at the proceedings Wednesday, but the NFLPA* still was able to get five plaintiffs to attend.

According to Dan Graziano of ProPlayerInsiders.com, the following players will be in the courtroom at kickoffVincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Von Miller, Brian Robison and Mike Vrabel.

Vrabel’s arrest over the weekend will not prevent him from remaining a big part of this case.   The Minnesota federal court has locked its supply of Natty Light in a safe place as a precaution.

Graziano also notes that Jim Quinn, not Jeffrey Kessler, will lead the arguments on behalf of the players.

The NFL will be led by league lawyers David Boies, Bob Batterman and Gregg Levy, and management council lawyers Ed Tighe and Dennis Curran, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees will all be absent Wednesday.   The hearing starts at 10:30 a.m. ET, but no tweeting will be allowed in the courtroom.

If you missed it last night, Florio wrote up 10 things to know about the antitrust case before it starts.

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17 Responses to “Five plaintiffs at antitrust case, including Mike Vrabel”
  1. phinheads says: Apr 6, 2011 9:55 AM

    I wonder if Vrabes will bring some wobbly pops to serve during the pre-court tailgating.

  2. txchief says: Apr 6, 2011 10:16 AM

    Vrabel may have a big pending problem. I think there are rules against felons holding leadership positions in unions. Oh wait, maybe it’s a requirement!

  3. eslaught says: Apr 6, 2011 10:23 AM

    The NFLPA* sent its best representatives. Jackson with his 2 DUIs and Vrabel who was just taken in for theft. They must be telling the court if the lockout isn’t lifted every player will spend some time in jail. Brilliant strategy. I bet Plaxico is a star witness and Donte Stallworth is their expert witness.

  4. Kaz says: Apr 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    I hope Judge Nelson has a husband who is a football fan and has been in her ear about how crazy it all is, and telling her to do what she can to get things back going.

  5. nabz034 says: Apr 6, 2011 10:26 AM

    I really want to know why Vrabel was arrested. Did he take a bath robe? Soap or Shampoo? Something had to of happened for it to escalate to an arrest.

    C’mon PFT, that’s something thats news worthy, that people actually care to know, not the other 80% of crap PFT puts out there.

  6. vetdana says: Apr 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    Sounds like the league is playing starters 5 to 1 with boies as QB….Watch for a 50 yard pass and touchdown for the league.

  7. 3octaveFart says: Apr 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    txchief says: Apr 6, 2011 10:16 AM

    “I think there are rules against felons holding leadership positions in unions. Oh wait, maybe it’s a requirement!”

    You’re confusing union positions with playing for the Ravens.

  8. weswelkerspornstash says: Apr 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    Vrabel was only guilty of holding Keiths’ stones.

  9. blackglass3 says: Apr 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    eslaught says:
    Apr 6, 2011 10:23 AM
    The NFLPA* sent its best representatives. Jackson with his 2 DUIs and Vrabel who was just taken in for theft. They must be telling the court if the lockout isn’t lifted every player will spend some time in jail. Brilliant strategy. I bet Plaxico is a star witness and Donte Stallworth is their expert witness.

    LOL, funny! Don’t forget Pacman Jones!

  10. grogansheroes says: Apr 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    Vrabel heard there was going to be free beer.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Apr 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    Did he bring the beer? How about a word from the named plaintiffs? Their silence is very suspicious.

  12. tombradyswig says: Apr 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    To nabz034……

    Per KMBC, Indiana Gaming Commissioner Director of Enforcement Kenny Rowan said that Vrabel was seen by an enforcement agent taking “bottles of alcohol from a deli” without paying for them. We’re told that the “bottles of alcohol” were eight bottles of beer.

    Real fine upstanding citizen huh!?!?

  13. jpmelon says: Apr 6, 2011 11:10 AM

    I didn’t realize that Vincent Jackson was one of the plaintiffs…..that is one man who would have certainly benefitted from no restricted free agency.

    I have to agree with some of the other posters here….Vinny and Vrabel aren’t the best figureheads for a class action lawsuit.

  14. Deb says: Apr 6, 2011 11:37 AM

    The Minnesota federal court has locked its supply of Natty Light in a safe place as a precaution.

    ROFL … That’s what this labor situation needs. Humor!

  15. cappa662 says: Apr 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    I hope there is a season next year. Lift the lockout please!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. voxveritass says: Apr 6, 2011 12:56 PM

    Vrabel’s just helping out since he’s got to go down to the courthouse anyway.

  17. commandercornpone says: Apr 6, 2011 4:30 PM

    someone go offer vrabel a beer. then tell him he has to go pick it up. the drama!

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