SBD/June 6, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL Coaches Association Seeks Dismissal Of NFLPA Suit In DC Court

The NFL Coaches Association asked the Superior Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the group by the NFLPA because the union has not provided evidence of an alleged debt. The NFLPA in April sued the NFLCA for allegedly not paying $650,000 in loans, and asked the court to prevent the coaches’ group from being able to use its bank funds. The NFLCA in its response said, “Nowhere in the complaint does plaintiff NFLPA set or establish facts as to the inception of such debt and/or the approval source on the part of NFLCA for such debt and/or any evidence of a conclusive character establishing the existence of such debt.” The NFLCA also says the players’ union does not have standing to challenge the election of David Cornwell as Exec Dir of the coaches’ group. The NFLPA in its lawsuit alleged Cornwell was improperly elected. Cornwell has been a frequent thorn in the side of the NFLPA, and wrote a memo in January blasting its leadership. He was elected to the NFLCA post in March, and the union has refused to release the group’s funds and files to him. Prior to his election, the NFLCA and NFLPA worked closely, and out of the same offices. The response, filed May 14, alleges that two NFLPA employees, Clark Gaines and Charles Ross, used their power as signatories to the NFLCA line of credit at Amalgamated Bank to prevent the coaches’ group from getting the money in its account. There is $308,509.69 in the account, according to the complaint. A hearing is scheduled for July 20.
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