Five former National Football League players have decided to sue the NFL Players’ Association in federal court alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the Players’ Association and its for-profit subsidiary, Players Inc. The federal lawsuit claims that the Players’ Association and Players Inc. denied them, and other former NFL players, lucrative royalties from licensing deals that used their images and likenesses.
In 2009, a class action suit filed by over 2,000 former NFL players based upon similar allegations was settled for an estimated $26 million dollars. This new lawsuit claims thousands of other players did not benefit from the terms of the 2009 settlement and therefore are entitled to royalties from Players Inc. for the use of their images in video games, trading cards and other commercial products.
Among those suing the players association this time, are Walter Roberts III, a former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, former Baltimore Colts’ linebacker Bob Grant and former Cincinnati Bengals’ safety Marvin Cobb.
Could somebody please take my picture so I can sue?