The National football league gamers union has challenged Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority to suspend gamers who took part in the brand new Orleans Saints' pay-for-discomfort scandal and wants him taken off hearing appeals.
The union filed a grievance late Thursday, one next day of Goodell suspended four gamers who took part in bounties from 2009-11. The complaint states Goodell is illegitimate from punishing gamers for just about any part of the situation occurring prior to the new collective negotiating agreement was signed last August. It argues that the CBA system arbitrator, and never Goodell, has the authority to decide player punishment under such conditions, in addition to rule on any appeals.
Inside a document acquired through the Connected Press, the union told the league Goodell "launched all gamers from conduct involved in just before execution from the CBA."
"Thus, even presuming with regard to argument the commissioner had the legal right to punish gamers for conduct harmful underneath the alleged details and conditions of the particular situation - he doesn't - he nonetheless could be prohibited from punishing National football league gamers for just about any part of the alleged 'pay-for-performance/bounty' conduct occurring before August. 4, 2011," the union stated.
Last August, the league agreed to not file legal cases against gamers regarding harmful conduct that happened just before filling out the new CBA. However the clause the union cites does not cope with conduct harmful towards the league that endangered player safety over three seasons.