Eight Nebraska Players Sue Big Ten: Lawyer Says "Not about the money."


Eight Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit against the Big Ten in Lancaster County, NE. Husker players represented are Garrett Snodgrass, Garrett Nelson, Ethan Piper, Noa Pola-Gates, Alante Brown, Brant Banks, Brig Banks and Jackson Hannah. They will be represented by former Nebraska Legislature member Mike Flood.

In their 13-page lawsuit, the biggest claim the players have against the Big Ten is that the Big Ten did not hold a vote, and if they did, they should have to produce records of such vote. Not doing so goes against the Big Ten's governing documents. They also claim that the Big Ten is hindering their ability to possibly make a future career for themselves by not having the season.

Their lawyer, Mike Flood said that the lawsuit, "isn’t about money or damages, it’s about real-life relief.”

Quickly after the suit was filed the Big Ten released this statement:

The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors overwhelmingly voted to postpone the fall sports season based on medical concerns and in the best interest of the health and safety of our student athletes. This was an important decision for our 14 member institutions and the surrounding communities. We share the disappointment that some student-athletes and their families are feeling. However, this lawsuit has no merit and we will defend the decision to protect all student-athletes as we navigate through this global pandemic. We are actively considering options to get back to competition and look forward to doing so when it is safe to play.

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