(NEW YORK) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL Wednesday, alleging that the league and its owners conspired in collusion to create a secret $123 million salary cap in 2010, which should have been an uncapped year.
“When the rules are broken in a way that hurts the game, we have an obligation to act. We cannot stand by when we now know that the owners conspired to collude,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement.
The league has denied the charges.
“The filing of these claims is prohibited by the Collective Bargaining Agreement and separately by an agreement signed by the players’ attorneys last August,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “The claims have absolutely no merit and we fully expect them to be dismissed.”
The Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins were penalized for overspending in 2010 by having their future salary caps lowered.
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