NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said he thinks the “8 million-$10 million” the NFL Players’ Association spends in legal fees every year could be better spent elsewhere, according to an ESPN.com report.
Vincent said the money should be spent on players who need help.
“Look at the amount of money being spent on legal fees for a handful of people,” said Vincent, who was the NFLPA president from 2004 to 2008. “It’s millions and millions of dollars, and we’ve got players that are hurting. We’ve got young men who don’t know how to identify a good financial adviser. Men are in transition who aren’t doing well, and yet $8 million-10 million a year is spent in court fees about who should make a decision on someone, who in some cases has committed a crime.
“Think about that logically. Wouldn’t it be better to spend our time and resources on the issues that are vital to our players — past, present and future — such as the players’ total wellness and growing the game together?”
Taking his case to court remains an option for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose appeal of his four-game suspension in connection with Deflategate was heard last week by commissioner Roger Goodell. No decision on the appeal has been revealed.
In the interview with ESPN’s Ashley Fox, Vincent also said he doesn’t think any quarterback in the league, other than Brady, purposefully deflates footballs. Vincent handed down the four-game suspension of the Patriots quarterback.
“Somebody has to protect the integrity of the game,” Vincent said. “That’s my responsibility, to protect and preserve the competitive fairness of professional football. That’s why our game is so great, because we protect the integrity of the game.”