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Eight Nebraska Cornhuskers football players have joined together to file a lawsuit against the Big Ten, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The newspaper obtained a 13-page complaint states the cancelation of fall football should be “overturned because it didn’t follow established procedures in the decision-making process and was “unjustified” based on flawed and misapplied medical information.”
The Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Parents group announced the lawsuit and pleaded with Big Ten commissioner “to make this right & save our season, save 100’s of millions of dollars for our communities, save 100’s of scholarships for our kids, & save thousands of jobs.THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO LEAD! DO THE RIGHT THING.”
“This lawsuit isn’t about money or damages, it’s about real-life relief,” Mike Flood, lead attorney for the players, said in an official statement. “ These student athletes have followed all the precautions, underwent regular testing, and lived according to the prescribed guidelines of the world-class experts at UNMC all for the chance to play football in September. On August 11th, six days after announcing the fall football schedule, a decision was made to cancel everything with vague reasoning and no explanation. Our Clients want to know whether there was a vote and details of any vote, and whether the Big Ten followed its own rules in reaching its decision.”
Flood backed up his pledge that this isn’t about money by adding language in the lawsuit stating the student-athletes do not seek damages of $75,000 or more and won’t accept damages over that number.
The football players are calling on the court to declare the Big Ten’s “purported decision to cancel the 2020” as invalid, clearing the way for the fall season to resume.
.@bigten Presidents, & Mr. Warren
There is still time to make this right & save our season, save 100’s of millions of dollars for our communities, save 100’s of scholarships for our kids, & save thousands of jobs.THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO LEAD!
DO THE RIGHT THING#B1GparentsUNITED pic.twitter.com/1Dvi9nHkt0
— Nebraska Cornhusker Football Parents (@ParentsNebraska) August 27, 2020