Seahawks sue Malik McDowell for not repaying signing bonus

AP

Malik McDowell was a second-round pick in April 2017, but never played for the Seahawks after suffering injuries in an ATV accident that summer and was released this March after two years on the non-football injury list.

The Seahawks are now trying recoup McDowell’s signing bonus. Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News reports that the team has filed suit in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan that alleges McDowell has failed to pay back $799,238 of that bonus.

Per the suit, an arbitrator ruled in February that McDowell’s ATV use represented a breach of his contract and called on the defensive lineman to repay his signing bonus of $1,599,238. The Seahawks recouped $800,000 by not paying McDowell’s salary for the 2018 season.

McDowell’s agent said in March that other doctors have cleared him to resume his football career. McDowell met with the Cowboys, but remains unsigned.

18 responses to “Seahawks sue Malik McDowell for not repaying signing bonus

  1. I could understand the resistance to paying back money if it was an injury sustained on the field. However, it wasn’t and since in fact he never saw the field, the Seattle Seahawks are owed that money.

  2. ckruz89 says:
    May 30, 2019 at 8:54 am
    I could understand the resistance to paying back money if it was an injury sustained on the field. However, it wasn’t and since in fact he never saw the field, the Seattle Seahawks are owed that money.
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    I’m not sure Malik disagrees on whether he SHOULD pay them back, my guess is that as a 21ish year old kid who got a check for $1.5M, he did what many would do and blow a ton of it…so he can’t pay them what he doesn’t have!

  3. kamthechancellor says:
    May 30, 2019 at 8:53 am
    He got the money to play football. He didn’t even take one snap.

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    No, he got the money to sign the contract. Hence, ‘Signing Bonus’. His salary is for playing football. They released him, this seems like it might even get thrown out unless the contract had some kind of clause in it.

  4. they kept him on the NFI list and then refused to pay his salary. regardless of what he owes them , they can’t not pay his salary unless ordered by a judge. He will counter and at least win his salary, even if he has to turn around and give it all back

  5. Go owners!
    McDowell failed to fulfill his part of the contract so the Seahawks are well within their rights to sue him.
    Luckily since McDowell is no longer an NFL player, he has NO NFLPA representation. This is GOOD! He (McDowell) has no protection since he cannot afford a top notch lawyer since he blew all of his money.

  6. I expect the Seahawks well know they may never see any more money from McDowell, but it sends a signal. Players choosing to ignore the contractual restrictions on their activities should suffer the consequences.

  7. That is a lot of money that they can use to fill another roster spot. They need every penny they can get after giving shorty 35 mil. But seriously, they are just mad at him for wasting a second round pick on him.

  8. Go owners? Really? I mean the kid did get hurt doing non football stuff. But let’s not shed any tears for the billionaire owners (this one is actually dead now) who would screw over any player for any reason over a couple bucks.

  9. Dude wasn’t wearing a helmet, right? I’m sure there are stipulations in his contract about high risk recreational activities…especially if you’re not using common sense safeguards while doing them. The Seahawks regularly side with players on contractual issues to get them money after being injured. This guy must’ve told the Seahawks and Cowboys doctors two different things to get that interest from Dallas. So Schneider is just saying…if the kid is healthy enough to play…he needs to give that $$$ back.

  10. I don’t understand this mindset, “owners steal from players so it’s only right that he doesn’t return it.” Why can’t owners be wrong and in this specific example Malik be wrong as well?

  11. savethebs says:
    May 30, 2019 at 10:46 am
    Go owners? Really? I mean the kid did get hurt doing non football stuff. But let’s not shed any tears for the billionaire owners (this one is actually dead now) who would screw over any player for any reason over a couple bucks.
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    This line of arguing is just flat out ridiculous. People like to act like “oh teams and owners have so much $$ so they won’t miss it.” Screw that. It’s a business. He got hurt doing something reckless and unrelated to his job and it is not ridiculous at all to expect him to repay the bonus as a result. Malik isn’t even close to ‘getting screwed over.’

  12. The arbitration is over and Malik found to be a breach of contract. Not sure why all the comments made arguing points already decided. The real issue is should the team go after the money from a PR stand point? They may want to firmly establish that screwing around like Malik did (drinking/partying/operating ATV) and getting injured has consequences. There is more to this than we are seeing here.

  13. 50DrunksInABar says:
    May 30, 2019 at 9:21 am
    They released him, this seems like it might even get thrown out >>>>unless the contract had some kind of clause in it.<<<<<
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    I think my cat would have the foresight to ensure such a clause was in the contract.

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