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Washington sues former player after $40,000 overpayment

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 14: H.B. Blades #54 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a defensive play during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 14, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

Former Washington linebacker H.B. Blades was overpaid to the tune of $40,000, and now Dan Snyder wants his money back.

TMZ reports that the team is suing Blades in federal court because he was mistakenly paid $40,000 that he wasn’t owed in 2013, long after he last played for the team. The team says it was a clerical error and wanted Blades to pay the money back, but he refused.

Washington drafted Blades in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft and he spent four seasons with the team, playing in all 16 games every year from 2007 to 2010. He was cut at the end of the 2011 preseason.

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45 Responses to “Washington sues former player after $40,000 overpayment”
  1. ctiggs says: Feb 25, 2016 1:15 PM

    dude is a billionaire that is equivalent to me dropping a 5 dollar bill and someone else picks it up. move on

  2. steelerben says: Feb 25, 2016 1:16 PM

    If they can manage to recover that they should look into getting back money from Archuleta and Haynesworth, also apparent clerical errors that received money they clearly didn’t earn.

  3. mogogo1 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:16 PM

    Curious how this came about. If he was cut in 2011 why would there be ANY sort of payment to him in 2013? And why is it three years later and they’re just now filing suit over it? Sounds like some really messy accounting.

  4. key2heat says: Feb 25, 2016 1:16 PM

    Dan Snyder is the biggest D-bag in the NFL.

  5. gotitan says: Feb 25, 2016 1:17 PM

    Fact: Mistakes happen. In cases like this, he owes the money back if he didn’t perform the services of “work” for those funds.

  6. laserw says: Feb 25, 2016 1:19 PM

    Good luck getting that money back. $40k is kinda chump change in the NFL. Tacky to go after it. Since Blades didn’t do anything, I’m not sure he has any money left after being out of football for five years.

  7. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:20 PM

    Low blow from a bottom 5 organization.

  8. floratiotime says: Feb 25, 2016 1:21 PM

    You have to wonder about someone’s intelligence when you’re accidentally overpaid … and you refuse to give it back.

  9. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Feb 25, 2016 1:23 PM

    Like they’ll get anything from a guy who’s now probably asking “do you want fries with that?”.

  10. chicagobtech says: Feb 25, 2016 1:26 PM

    I would laugh if it costs the Redskins more than $40k to recover the money.

  11. jets4thewin says: Feb 25, 2016 1:28 PM

    Obviously someone messed up in accounting, but when you are a billion dollar organization with one of the richest owners in the sport it doesn’t seem to be worth the PR hit and the court costs associated with going after $40,000.

    Let alone 3 years after the fact.

  12. itsfootballbaby says: Feb 25, 2016 1:29 PM

    I guess Snyder need to gas up the jet.

  13. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 25, 2016 1:33 PM

    There is zero chance it ever gets recovered. Not worth the fight in court.

  14. GettingNoRespect says: Feb 25, 2016 1:34 PM

    This is an article written by a hater for haters, pure and simple. If someone owed you money and refused to pay, you would go after them also.

  15. ducknichols50 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:35 PM

    i wonder if there is a mistake and its $400,000?

  16. boss81hogg says: Feb 25, 2016 1:39 PM

    Congress is wasting tax payer money suing NFL players.

    Makes me sick

  17. getyourownname says: Feb 25, 2016 1:41 PM

    Don’t think we needed more proof the Skins are a poorly managed business, but sloppy accounting and lax oversight are probably more on George Allen’s watch than the owner’s.

  18. puckskin says: Feb 25, 2016 1:41 PM

    That money is long gone by now, move on Snyder.

  19. genericcommenter says: Feb 25, 2016 1:43 PM

    Multiple players have had to sue them (and won) for Worker’s Comp after they were injured playing for them and the Redskins spent a lot of time and resources going to court to claim that (among other things)- players injured warming up on their field were not hurt “on the job.” If they were hurt at an away game, they weren’t really “working for the Redskins.” And if players study film in Virginia but played all their games in Maryland, only Virginia laws should apply to their place of employment. So, I guess what I’m saying is if a marginal player got a little extra money a few years ago, I’m not bothered by it.

  20. FinFan68 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:49 PM

    Maybe I’m just honest but I would have contacted them as soon as i got the check. Keeping it is just plain shady

  21. dietrich43 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:53 PM

    If my employer sends me an extra paycheck, I wouldn’t give it back either. Never mind that he (probably) paid taxes on it as income.

  22. acehawk55 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:00 PM

    Snyder should see the bigger picture and have more class. But that is too much to expect from a clown like him. If players see that the billionaire owner is fighting a former player over 40 grand, then they are more likely to be disgruntled.

  23. rainsarge says: Feb 25, 2016 2:07 PM

    HB should give Dan the Geno Smith treatment

  24. 1964bclions says: Feb 25, 2016 2:09 PM

    Teams should do this on purpose to every player they just drafted. Then sit back and wait to see which players have the character to let them know.

  25. skinsrock says: Feb 25, 2016 2:18 PM

    Dude stole money he wasn’t owed… A bank would do the same thing. But…queue the Dan Snyder hatred.

  26. fanofpft says: Feb 25, 2016 2:21 PM

    Now that is staying on top of the bean counting.

  27. jag1959 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:25 PM

    Of course he should have sent it back but it’s a lot more than $40k worth of bad look for the Skins. Hard to believe they are that tone deaf

  28. thraiderskin says: Feb 25, 2016 2:29 PM

    My bank once gave me an extra $20 dollars on a large with drawl… I immediately spent, not even think about the total. It was taken care of quickly, they called I went in and pulled some more cash out and repaid them the $20… Same day, hours after being alerted of the error. It’s just what you do.

  29. tomtravis76 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:32 PM

    40 k is a lot of money to just think you can go ahead and put that in the bank and hope nobody figures it out. He should have had his agent or himself contact the Skins about the money. Whether he can pay it back now, who knows,but he does have to pay it back.

  30. thirdand43 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:35 PM

    That money is long gone. In life you have to learn to pick your fights. And getting 40 large back from HB Blades ain’t happenin’. Turn the page, Dan.

  31. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:35 PM

    ……It’s called integrity folks….yes it’s a drop in the bucket to a rich person, but Blades knew it wasn’t his money. I’m betting Snyders lawyers reached out to him & things got real heated. It then became a issue of principal to Snyder.

  32. cross300 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:35 PM

    What a well run operation the redskins have. They overpay someone 40k and then ask for it 5 years later, that is ridiculous. They will spend more than 40k on legal fees. Snyder needs to learn a lesson fire the accountant and move on.

  33. zaphod424242 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:44 PM

    So they fixed the glitch?

  34. purpleguy says: Feb 25, 2016 2:45 PM

    Why’d they wait 5 years? In some states, the statute of limitation on employment wage claims is 2 years. The Skins will waste much more than $40K trying to squeeze blood from that turnip.

  35. yyc2phx says: Feb 25, 2016 2:47 PM

    I can’t believe the “they owe me attitudes ” of some posters… It has nothing to do with a billionaire owner, nor the fact that there was an accounting error or that it’s the NFL and they can afford it….It was a mistake and this guy owes it back!

  36. kneedragr says: Feb 25, 2016 2:51 PM

    Karma but not enough of it. I remember when they robbed Lavar Arrington of 4M. Both sides had agreed to a contract, they just needed to change a minor stipulation. Lavar’s agent sent it back, and a few minutes before the deadline it came back from teh Redskins. In good faith he signed it without reading it fully. It turns out, they had shorted him in guaranteed money. Total dick move, after verbally agreeing to everything, then not giving them enough time to read it.

  37. bigjd says: Feb 25, 2016 2:52 PM

    If your bank puts 40K in your account by mistake and then found the mistake, do you think they would just move on?

  38. daveakl says: Feb 25, 2016 3:14 PM

    Lmao. People still believe that Lavar story? Did you leave out the part about him suing his agents and them being suspended for two years by the nflpa on purpose or are you in fact Carl Poston?

  39. rcali says: Feb 25, 2016 3:25 PM

    How ironic that the Redskins employee who made the mistake probably makes around 40k. Go Redskins, the team representing our great nation’s capitol city and POTUS!

  40. idpfantasyfootball says: Feb 25, 2016 4:20 PM

    …but the Community Chest card clearly said:

    “Team Error in your favor, collect $40k”!

  41. rickjamesinfo says: Feb 25, 2016 5:24 PM

    Now that Snyder is out of football and no longer a coach and general manager he is just bored and needed something to keep him busy.

  42. cptcavalier says: Feb 25, 2016 5:48 PM

    This is why the Redskins keep shooting themselves in the foot! Let the man keep the money! The team made the mistake. It again makes the team look bad because of the money hungry dictator that rules his fiefdom. He reminds me of the prince from Shrek!

  43. MichaelEdits says: Feb 25, 2016 5:51 PM

    H.B. Blades is my new hero.

  44. amaf21 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:41 PM

    You don’t get rich by giving money away.

  45. lemmetalkwouldya says: Feb 25, 2016 8:12 PM

    Yeah, the guy shouldn’t have kept the money.

    But seriously, chasing a guy 5 years later, for a lousy 40 grand, over what was YOUR mistake ……. really bad form.

    The guy was a sixth round pick who played 3 years in the league, 5 years ago. It’s a lousy 40 grand.

    Stop looking so GD cheap. The Redskins blow that much in a week on coffee.

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