Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Priest Holmes joins lockout fight
By Bill Williamson
Former Kansas City star running back Priest Holmes is one of four former players who have reportedly filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL in an attempt to end the lockout.
Holmes, Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Ryan Collins are listed as plaintiffs in a complaint filed in federal court in Minneapolis, reports the Associated Press. It seeks class-action status on behalf of all former players.
This is another piece of the puzzle in the fight against the owners. Several current players -- including the Chiefs’ Mike Vrabel and Chargers’ receiver Vincent Jackson -- are suing the league in a similar suit as is draft prospect Von Miller.
Rookie pay and retirement issues are part of the labor dispute, so that explains why Miller and the former players are involved. The retired players reportedly want the NFL lockout to end to ensure their pensions and health benefits remain funded.
Holmes, 37, played for the Chiefs from 2001-07 until he retired after suffering several injuries. He sat out the 2006 season with a neck injury. He retired during the 2007 season after re-injuring his neck. His last full NFL season was in 2003. Holmes remains committed to his foundation, which focusing on awarding scholarship to children in Texas.