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NFL Coaches Association sues NFLPA

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With all the various lawsuits flying among and between the various groups that make pro football a reality (and the ultimate reality show), the NFL Coaches Association has now affiramtively joined the fray, fuling suit against the NFLPA in the wake of the NFLPA’s lawsuit against the NFLCA.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the NFLCA has sued the NFLPA, two officers (Clark Gaines and Charles Ross), and former NFLPA general counsel Richard Berthelsen as part of a dispute regarding an alleged debt owed by the NFLCA to the NFLPA, and regarding the question of whether David Cornwell has been properly elected to serve as the NFLCA’s executive director.

The NFLCA also has sued Amalgamated Bank, which has refused at the request of the NFLPA to release funds owned by the NFLCA.

As Kaplan points out, the NFLPA “essentially ran” the NFLCA from 2005 through the election of Cornwell, who has been a vocal critic of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.  The NFLCA claims that the NFLPA officers had a conflict of interest in serving the players’ union and the coaches’ organization, which is not a full-blown union.  The NFLCA further claims that the alleged debt owed to the NFLPA was incurred without authorization of the NFLCA.

So, basically, it’s all a big mess.  And it’ll be for the lawyers and the judge to sort everything out.

While Cornwell previously has characterized the union’s lawsuit against the NFLCA as a decision by the players to sue their coaches, the relationship between players and coaches has yet to show any real signs of stress or acrimony over what amounts to a business dispute between the organizations representing both groups.

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5 Responses to “NFL Coaches Association sues NFLPA”
  1. RedStateDave says: Jul 23, 2012 3:33 PM

    When will the players wake up and discover DeMaurice Smith was a pitiful choice for executive director? One bad decision after another.

  2. mrpowers88 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    I’m totally rooting for Cornwell to hand it De Smith.

  3. whateverhommie says: Jul 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    Can we just get through a single NFL offseason without one group suing another?

    An exponential increase in lawsuits coinciding with the increase of NFL revenue. Greedy mofos becoming even greedier while squeezing out the little guy in the process.

  4. irishnativeson says: Jul 23, 2012 7:35 PM

    While an obvious conflict of interest exists, nevertheless there appears to have been some manner of agreement in place for the NFLPA to represent the interest of the NFLCA. If there was no agreement the NFLPA wouldn’t be asking for compensation and if there was no agreement there was no conflict of interest.

  5. domehead says: Jul 23, 2012 9:23 PM

    Florio…Maybe you should go back to practicing law!
    Can’t we all just get along.

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