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You guys know I had to use a football analogy here, it's just my style. The fact that Mike Florio used one in his early morning post on the subject merely meant I had to use a different one. At any rate the NFL players Union screwed the pooch on this one guys. My Cardinals writer (who also loves the Saints) called me early to let me know about the fiasco so I could start digging up the dirt so to speak.
Smith, Hargrove and Fujita won't be making their first hearing appointment, it's been thrown out.
If you recall from my earlier articles Vilma's attorney Peter Ginsberg has "hooked up" with a local N'awlins firm the Williams Group, who is licensed in the state of Louisiana and works regularly in the Eastern Division Federal Court where the players suits are all filed. Presumably Vilma is paying for their services too since Ginsberg is not licensed in Louisiana. The Williams Group has been filing documents for Peter Ginsberg.
Somehow the rocket scientists at the NFL Players Union forgot they can't just march into any court in the country and do business with them, because they just got penalized 15 yards. Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reported it first with a tweet then Mike Florio picked it up with his first cup of coffee.
The bottom line: The lawyers for the NFLPA arenít licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Somebody please tell me how an attorney misses that. Don't get too worried, both Kaplan and Florio don't think it's a serious matter, to quote Goodell "they'll have to get their ducks in a row and start all over." Likely they'll hook up with a team in New Orleans like Ginsberg did. If they have any sense at all they'll just call the Williams group.
The only problem: The NFL Players Union hasn't quite established that they have any sense yet.
Expect Jonathan Vilma's next hearing date to possibly be delayed to save on court costs.