NFLPA Files Collusion Suit Against NFL

May 23, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA believe there was a secret salary cap in 2010. EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES

The NFL Players Association filed a collusion complaint against the NFL in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota on Wednesday, according to a report on the NFL’s website.

The complaint alleges that the league imposed a secret $123 million salary cap during the uncapped season of 2010, pointing to the league’s recent punishment of the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Oakland Raiders as proof of the salary restraints.

“When the rules are broken in a way that hurts the game, we have an obligation to act,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in a statement.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had a response to the complaint. “The filing of these claims is prohibited by the collective bargaining agreement and separately by an agreement signed by the players’ attorneys last August. The claims have absolutely no merit and we fully expect them to be dismissed.”

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