Updated Date: Apr 27, 2018 06:15:49 The case against former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, who has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the fatal shooting of a former girlfriend, has been put to rest.
The NFL Players Association, which had previously challenged the jury’s verdict, on Friday said the verdict against former running back, who was convicted in December, should be overturned and he should be reinstated to the league.
The union said that in the last two years, the NFL has lost more than $8 million, which is $3.8 million a day, because of the player’s actions.
It added that the league is now trying to reach an agreement with the NFL Players Coalition, which represents NFL players, to avoid having a similar situation repeat itself in the future.
“The NFLPA believes that the NFLPA is in a position to negotiate an agreement that will preserve the integrity of the NFL’s game, and protect all NFL players and the league,” the union said.
The players’ union said in a statement that the ruling “underscores the importance of bringing the NFL in line with the best interests of players and all of society.”
“The players are outraged that they will be forced to pay the NFL $7.8 billion dollars in fines and penalties to resolve a case that was clearly a blatant disregard of the law and a clear violation of the players’ constitutional rights to due process and fair process,” the statement said.
“With this verdict, the players will no longer have to pay for the NFL to continue to protect players and their families, and we hope that this decision does not deter them from seeking justice for all.”
A trial began in December 2016 and is expected to last six months.