Eight Husker players sue the Big Ten
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Thursday morning, eight Husker football players sued The Big Ten in state court. Court documents identify the players involved as Garrett Snodgrass, Garrett Nelson, Ethan Piper, Noa Pola-Gates, Alante Brown, Brant Banks, Brig Banks, and Jackson Hannah.
According to court documents, players are hoping to:
- Invalidate the Big Ten’s ability to decide whether or not to cancel the 2020 fall football season.
- Place temporary and permanent restraints on the Big Ten from implementing and enforcing their decision.
- Award nominal damages for breach of contract and wrongful interference.
The lead attorney, Mike Flood, released a statement saying, “This lawsuit isn’t about money or damages, it’s about real-life relief.”
Flood said the conference has denied to ‘answer basic questions,’ and the players are saddened that their only option to get these answers is through the court.
According to the court documents, the state the “powerful collegiate athletic conference contends that its student athletes have no rights… even though it directly affects the rights and opportunities of student athletes at its member institutions, the big ten rejected calls for transparency.”
They reference the vote Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren says was taken to decide the fate of the fall season. Fourteen Council members should have been involved in the vote, with the conference needing at least nine votes to make a decision. But, Flood cites several instances in which Council members themselves had contradicted this statement, bringing into question whether the vote took place.
— Nebraska Cornhusker Football Parents (@ParentsNebraska) August 27, 2020
This is a developing story and we will bring you updates as they become available.