Steve Harvey has filed a class-action lawsuit against NFL and the NFLPA, alleging the two organizations have illegally and fraudulently manipulated the salary cap and collusion rules to protect themselves from him and the rest of the league.
According to the suit, the lawsuit, filed in New York, alleges the NFL’s and NFLP’s efforts to create “a new salary cap in the summer of 2019” are illegal and unfair, as they created a “diverse and artificially inflated salary cap” that prevented Harvey from “being able to negotiate with any team.”
The suit claims the “New York Salary Cap, which will have a new cap of $122 million, will not be equal to the New York salary cap of the 2019 season because the New Jersey State Legislature has enacted a new, cap-friendly salary cap law, which does not exist in New Jersey, and the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars, the teams that would be subject to a new New York state salary cap, have been selected to be the subject of the 2018-2019 salary cap by the New England Patriots, who will have an additional $10 million cap charge of $50 million.”
Harvey is also accusing the NFL of “intentionally misleading and deceiving” the public and the courts by “misrepresenting and misrepresenting the impact of the New New York Salary and Cap Act on the 2018 NFL season, the 2018 Super Bowl, and other events in the past two years, including the 2018 and 2019 Super Bowls.”
The suit claims that Harvey’s lawyer, Steven B. Harveys, was unaware of the legislation and did not ask Harvey about it when he signed the contract.
Harvey, who spent more than three decades as an NFL player, filed the lawsuit Monday in New Hampshire’s Superior Court in Newburyport.
The suit names as defendants Commissioner Roger Goodell, Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Commissioner Joe Lockhart, Commissioner John Mara, and Commissioner Bill Belichick.
Harveys is represented by attorney Mark Berman, who has represented former New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., former NFL wide receiver Julio Jones, former NFL cornerback Richard Sherman, and former NFL safety Troy Polamalu.
Harvell, who is the owner of the NFL Network, is also represented by attorneys from the firm of Wasserman & Tompkins.