Longtime NFL linebacker Dwight Freeney hasn’t found any action in free agency, but he’s working on a bigger score.
According to Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis Star, Freeney is suing Bank of America, saying they bilked him out of more than $20 million and forced him to close his restaurant business.
The lawsuit claims Freeney was taken advantage of after he trusted the bank’s wealth management division with his assets.
“Although we sympathize with Mr. Freeney as the victim of a crime, the bank had nothing to do with the criminal scheme,” said Bill Halldin, a spokesman for Bank of America.
The bank spokesman said two people who had been part of a previous scheme had been convicted in criminal court and ordered to pay restitution. One former Bank of America Merrill Lynch adviser and an associate were arrested in 2012 after fraudulently removing $2.2 million from Freeney’s account.
And in his lawsuit, Freeney said the bank “participated in and aided and abetted” a scheme that began in 2010 to separate him from his money.
If he wins, it’ll be bigger than anything he’s going to make playing football anytime soon, after the Chargers let him walk.