The lawsuit claims the NFL suspended the player after failing a test, after the 2020 labor agreement no longer allows suspensions for marijuana positives.
FRISCO – The suspended member of the offensive line of the Dallas cowboys, La’el Collins, sued the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, Wednesday and seeks a court order exempting him from the last two remaining games of his five suspension for infractions to the regulation of alcohol or drug abuse.
The attorneys of Collins filed a lawsuit in Collin County, where the team offices are located north of Dallas. The lawsuit claims that the NFL suspended the player, who is in his seventh year at the NFL, after failing a test, after the 2020 labor agreement no longer allows suspensions for marijuana positives.
According to the lawsuit, the NFL improperly determined that Collins he had not cooperated with the league, a distinction that allows the suspension to proceed.
The league said the lawsuit is unfounded. It was not immediately clear whether a judge has already been assigned to the case.
“The lawsuit has no merit, as already determined by two impartial mediators appointed by the NFL and NFLPA and that they reviewed this, ”said the spokesman for the NFL, Brian McCarthy. “We will seek to dismiss this case as soon as possible.”
The NFLPA is the league’s players union.
Suspension of Collins was announced the day that Cowboys lost 31-29 to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, champions of Super bowl, in the first meeting of the season. The two games that remain from the suspension are applied on Sunday at home against the New York Giants, and on October 17 before the New England Patriots.
The lawsuit ensures that the NFL misled the mediator by stating that Collins he had previously been suspended four games, something that was false. Eventually the NFL decided to fine and not suspend Collins about failed tests in early 2020.
In November 2020, the league was prepared to suspend five games to Collins after failing a drug test. The union negotiated a reduction to two parties, but the appeal led to a mediator reinstating the five-match suspension.
The representatives of Collins They indicated that the league announced the suspension while another appeal remains pending. The lawsuit claims that the ad violated the confidentiality clause of the agreement between the league and the union on drug abuse policies.
“For him Mr collins, the case represents the difference between a career in the NFL and a potential suspension that could ruin his career, ”the lawsuit says. “The damage to his person could not be clearer.”
Collins signed in 2015 as an out-of-draft free agent with the Cowboys. The former player of LSU He was a top draft pick, but his name was included in the investigation into the death of a woman just before the draft.
CollinsThe 28-year-old is on his third contract, the most recent being a five-year, $ 50 million extension he signed in 2019.