AAF Lawsuit Impacts Players’ Lives

The Alliance of American Football has called it quits just weeks into the season following a nasty lawsuit that will leave players, coaches and administrators looking for their next career opportunity. Judging by what the Robert Vanech is suing for and how much, the league’s future is questionable to say the least. Although, if the allegations against the AAF are proven, Vanech might only be entitled to join the other shareholders in sharing the capitol of the league. So, I guess the question is, what is the point? Compared on how much money Vanech is spending on lawyer fees, will he break even? Or was this all for publicity and fame?

The next question is what is happening to the players? How are they reacting to all of this? Over 400 players are out of a job and a game that they love. The AAF was their chance to show off their skills and potentially play professional football. Generously enough, Tom Dundon the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes donated 250 million dollars to the league, but nobody is sure that it will keep the AAF afloat for the season. One athlete spoke out on twitter saying “Unorganized is an understatement…kicked out of our rooms (that weren’t paid apparently) 17 hours away from home with a car full of my belongings and nowhere to go..” after he was told everything was going to be alright. The tweet pictured below.

Some players like Steven Johnson were not directly told that the AAF was being suspended, he found out on social media. He later contacted his teammates and they confirmed that the rumors were true.
Devastation has hit the whole AAF organization. The next move for the AAF players, coaches and administrators is uncertain, but they remain hopeful. Some players are continuing to train in hopes of landing a spot on the NFL roster, and other employees are starting over to look for new employment.

Personally, I think the whole lawsuit is a bit childish, the AAF is a fairly new organization only being around 1 year old. I especially feel pity for the players. The AAF organization should not have left the players to fend for themselves. Anthony Manzo-Lewis is a prime example of what it was like for these players. They had no heads up and no support by an organization that they were apart of. Tom Dundon should have donated part of the 250 million to the players to help them get home, or at least pay for their rooms.

In conclusion, the whole process could have been handled in a different or more organized way. I hope the lawsuit gets settled and young athletes never have to experience something like this ever again.

 

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