In a scathing letter to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith — who is already on thin ice for fumbling recent CBA negotiations — players advocates and attorneys Ben Meiselas and Ray Genco allege that the NFLPA inserted contractual language in the CBA following the vote that was not in the proposal originally sent to the players. As a result, the lawyers allege that the CBA should be invalidated and that a new vote be taken.
According to the letter, the NFLPA sent players the 456 page proposed CBA on March 5, 2020. Players were given until midnight on March 14, 2020 to vote whether or not to approve the CBA. The NFLPA stated on March 15, 2020 that the CBA passed by 60 votes and the NFLPA published a copy of the CBA on their website.
The letter goes on to state the the March 15, 2020 CBA posted on the NFLPA website was materially different than the March 5, 2020 version the players were sent by the NFLPA. According to the letter, in the March 5 version, Article 60 Section 4 included offsets to disability payments of players who applied after January 1, 2015, whereas the March 15 version posted on the NFLPA website after the vote includes a subparagraph (a) and (b) which was not in the March 5 version, and in turn includes disability offsets to players who applied before January 1, 2015 as well.
In short, the letter claims that the NFLPA engaged in a bait-and-switch by changing important language in the CBA after players voted which increases the population of players whose disability benefits will be reduced.
The letter demands that the CBA be invalidated, that a new vote be taken, and an independent investigation be undertaken by the NFLPA regarding this conduct. If these allegations are accurate, the NFLPA has some serious explaining to do.
Read the full letter below:2020.03.30-BM-Letter-to-DeMaurice-Smith