Will the players union have more success exploring legal avenues against the NFL than the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys did?
Yes, according to NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth who joined LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes Thursday afternoon to discuss the collusion lawsuit the union filed against the NFL.
Interestingly enough, both the Redskins and Cowboys were named in the union’s suit for now. Their status as defendants may change as legal proceedings unfold.
Some, such as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, feel the union doesn’t have nearly strong enough of a case to win.
Foxworth and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith disagree.
“It’s our opinion that it does have the opportunity to be successful,” said Foxworth. “We aren’t the league. We are a players association and a union. So, we don’t have the luxury to kind of throw billions of dollars around willy nilly. If we’re going to dedicate man hours and money to a legal case we think it’s because it has merit and it’s the right thing to do to protect our players.”
The 29-year-old former Baltimore Ravens cornerback views the NFLPA as a purveyor of justice on a crusade to battle the bullying owners.
“It’s our responsibility as the players association to make sure they get every penny and every benefit that’s owed them and to make sure we keep the league honest,” he said. “We recognize those guys didn’t get to be billionaires and über- successful individuals by always following the rules. Somebody has to be the watch dog and we’re willing to do that.”
Foxworth also touched on the belief the union left a better deal on the table than the one they signed to end the NFL Lockout last year, saying that misconception was “categorically false.”
“I think the league likes to spread that lie because it makes us look dumb and incompetent,” said Foxworth. “The deal that they offered was trash.”