The NFL Players Association is facing a wave of legal challenges to its decision to cover up the deaths of the players who died on the field during the 2017 season.
The players union has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., accusing the NFL of engaging in a “pattern and practice” of illegally covering up the death of the three players who were hit by a hit-and-run driver.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for negligence and wrongful death, as well as unspecified damages to the NFL Players League, which includes the NFL.
“The NFLPA is pleased that this case has been brought to trial and will seek appropriate relief for the NFL players who have suffered the emotional, financial, and physical toll of these tragic events,” the union’s attorney, David A. Ferrell, said in a statement.
“As the NFLPA has said repeatedly, the league has a policy of covering all potential injuries and the NFL has been proactive in addressing and correcting this problem.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the league is “entitled to compensation for the medical expenses of these deceased players as well.”
It is unclear how many of the NFL’s 26 players have reached a settlement with the union or what other issues might be at play in the lawsuit.
The league has maintained that the players’ union is seeking a pattern of illegal conduct and that the union is trying to “cover up” the deaths.
The NFL has denied any wrongdoing in the deaths and has also maintained that it has a comprehensive policy in place to prevent such deaths from happening.
The union, however, said the policy is not “fully compliant with the rules of the game” and that players have to be held accountable for their actions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.