On the heels of filing an antitrust lawsuit against the National Basketball Association in the state of Minnesota, NBA players have filed a second antitrust lawsuit against the league, this time in northern California.
Newly hired player's attorney David Boies, who represented the National Football League during that sport's lockout, lays the blame at the feet of Commissioner David Stern of the owners, who declined to accept the players' willingness to take a lower percentage of revenue in their latest proposal.
"By overplaying their hand, by pushing the players beyond any line of reasonableness, I think they caused this," Boies told the Associated Press. "You don’t give up hundreds of millions of dollars unless you want to make a deal and that’s what the players were doing
"I think it was mistake to push it as far as they (the owners) did."
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Kevin Durant, Leon Powe and Kawhi Leonard are named plaintiffs in the California suit. Leonard was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
You can download a copy of the PDF of the California filing here.