The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has filed a grievance alleging that Commissioner Roger Goodell violated antitrust law by not investigating Commissioner Roger Bannister for allegations of retaliation for his advocacy on behalf of former players who were injured in the 2017 Super Bowl.
The league’s union, which has argued that Bannisters actions were “unfair and unnecessary,” filed the complaint on Friday.
The NFLPA filed its complaint on Thursday, one day after Banniers team owner, Joe Lacob, resigned from his position as chairman of the league’s executive committee.
The announcement comes as the league investigates allegations of collusion between the league and the New York Jets, the league announced earlier this month.
In a statement, NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith called the allegation that BANNISTER “engaged in retaliation for advocating on behalf” of former player Johnathan Hankins “untrue and defamatory.”
“As a member of the executive committee, Mr. Bannings support for Johnathan was unwavering,” Smith said.
“As a result of this, Mr Banns actions are unfair and unnecessary.
The NFLPA is deeply troubled by this baseless and unfounded allegation.”
The league confirmed on Thursday that the investigation is being conducted by the New England attorney general’s office and that the league will conduct a hearing on Friday to address the allegations.