SJ - October 7, 2021
Suspended Cowboys right tackle La'el Collins has sued the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. He's attempting to end his five game suspension after just three games.
Collins is accused of trying to bribe the NFL's drug test collector, which is how an arbitrator landed on the five game suspension.
Lawyers for Collins filed the lawsuit in Collin County, the location of the team's headquarters north of Dallas. The suit claims the NFL suspended Collins for missed tests when the labor agreement reached in 2020 no longer allowed suspensions for those or for positive marijuana tests.
According to the lawsuit, the NFL wrongfully determined that Collins had failed to cooperate with the league, a distinction that allows for suspensions. The league said the lawsuit was "meritless." It wasn't immediately clear whether the case had been assigned to a judge.
"This suit is meritless as already determined by two jointly appointed NFL-NFLPA impartial arbitrators who have reviewed this," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "We will seek to have this case dismissed as soon as possible."
Here's a good way to avoid being suspended, don't try to bribe the drug test collector! Just a thought. I know it's a crazy one.
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