Last month, the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg hoped to represent a group of players who wanted to intervene in the Tom Brady antitrust lawsuit. Those hopes were dashed by a conflict of interest that the NFL declined to waive.
But the effort to round up players who would intervene in the antitrust action continues.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Cafferty Faucher firm, with offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Ann Arbor, has been attempting to recruit players to intervene in the pending action. Cafferty Faucer is the firm that the Associated Press erroneously identified last month as the firm that was unable to proceed due to a conflict of interest.
Per the source, a Cafferty Faucher lawyer has called at least one NFL agent in the hopes of representing one or more of the agent’s clients. The lawyer did not respond to an e-mail from PFT providing an opportunity to respond, to dispute the contention, and/or to clarify the situation.
It remains to be seen whether any players will attempt to intervene in the pending litigation. The fact that no player has publicly voiced concern regarding the handling of the lawsuit suggests that, to date, no other players are willing to complicate an already complex situation in a manner that could give the owners some extra leverage.