Just when you thought the Bounty Scandal was done and over with, it rises from the dead like a zombie attacking Herschel's Farm. The NFLPA has now filed a new lawsuit against the NFL, claiming that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has violated the newly signed CBA.
In a statement released today, the NFLPA charges Goodell with being partial in his decision to suspend the players.
"It becomes more apparent with each passing day, however, that the NFL's objective was not to follow the CBA and provide a fair process, but to validate a biased investigation and to deprive the Players of any meaningful ability to defend themselves against a preordained result."
The NFLPA is asking that the case be heard by a third-party arbitrator that will be impartial on the case. The NFL responded to the NFLPA statement however, claiming that the players and the NFLPA are trying to find a ruling around the newly signed CBA, rather than abiding by the ruling made under the parameters of the CBA.
"As in the case of Mr. Vilma's lawsuit, this is an improper attempt to litigate an issue that is committed to a collectively bargained process. There is no basis for asking a federal court to put its judgment in place of the procedures agreed upon with the NFLPA in collective bargaining. These procedures have been in place, and have served the game and players well, for many decades."
This doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.