NEW YORK (Reuters) - NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the league.
Brady of the New England Patriots, Indianapolis’ Manning, New Orleans’ Brees and seven other players have asked the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis for an injunction to keep the NFL and its teams from locking out players.
The players allege the league and its teams “have jointly agreed and conspired to deny plaintiffs the ability to provide and/or market their services.”
The 52-page lawsuit was filed after labor talks between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the NFL broke down and the players union applied to dissolve itself.
Also bringing the complaint are Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers, Ben Leber and Brian Robison of the Minnesota Vikings, the Patriots’ Logan Mankins, Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants, Mike Vrabel of the Kansas City Chiefs and Texas A&M University linebacker Von Miller, who is entered in this year’s draft.
Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Patrick Johnston