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Schmidt, Northrup sues AAF

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Birmingham Iron punter Colton Schmidt and Orlando Apollos linebacker Reggie Northrup has sued the defunct Alliance of American Football. They believe they were “misled and defrauded” by former league owner Tom Dundon.

The Texas businessman — who also owns the Carolina Hurricanes — pulled the plug on the league after eight weeks. Dundon and former AAF CEO Charlie Ebersol are two defendants in the case.

Birmingham Iron punter Colton Schmidt punts the ball during the first half of the Alliance of American Football game against the Atlanta Legends
Colton Schmidt punts the ball during the first half of the Alliance of American Football game against the Atlanta Legends (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

The lawsuit was made in Superior Court of California and is seeking a breach of contract. They also claim there was a breach of good faith and fair dealing, failure to pay wages in violation of labor code, and fraud. The two former players are being represented by Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP lawyer Boris Treyzon.

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“We are proud of the players who decided to stand up for their rights. Our clients stand ready to perform the obligations required by the terms of their contract and demand that the league and its’ backers do the same,” Attorneys for the class representatives Boris Treyzon and Jonathon Farahi said in a released statement.

The two players believe they are entitled to the $250,000 from the three-year, $250,000 deal they signed with the league.

“There is a basic honesty part,” Treyzon said. “If you’re going to sign [the players] to a three-year contract, there’s an implied promise. If you shut it down eight weeks after you start, that indicates, among other things, that you don’t have the backing to fulfill that promise.”

Dundon took over as the Chairman of the league in Week 1. Through Week 2 through Week 8, he reportedly lost $70 million of his $250 million investment.

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He tried to get the league to partner with the NFLPA. He had hoped to use their practice squad players in the league; however, due to the NFL’s CBA, it was near impossible for this to happen.

This is the second known lawsuit against the league. Former Iron executive James Roberson Jr. is also suing the league.

He alleges that the league did not give their employees a 60-day notice.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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