Brady et al v. National Football League et al

Filing 171

Declaration of Brian Robison in Support of 168 Memorandum in Support of Motion, filed by Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Logan Mankins, Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Brian Robison, Osi Umenyiora, Mike Vrabel. (Berens, Barbara)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --x : Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Ben : No: 0:11-cv-00639-SRN-JJG Leber, Logan Mankins, Peyton Manning, Von : : Miller, Brian Robison, Osi Umenyiora, and Mike Vrabel, individually, and on behalf of all : Declaration of Brian Robison : others similarly situated, : : : Plaintiffs, : : vs. : NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, et al., : Defendants. --------------------------------- X Brian Robison declares under penalty of perjury, as follows: 1. I am a professional football player currently under contract to play for the Minnesota Vikings. I am submitting this declaration in support of Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment. 2. I have been a Defensive End in the NFL since 2007, when I was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. I have been with the Vikings for the entirety of my NFL career. 3. On or about March 3, 2011, I signed a three-year $13.5 million contract extension with the Vikings, extending my contract through the 2013 NFL season. Under this contract, I am owed an average of $4.5 million per season in base salary. 4. As of March 12, 2011, the NFL Defendants “locked out” the players preventing us from pursuing our livelihood. Under this so-called “lockout,” the Vikings have refused to honor the terms of my contract. I have been denied access to the Vikings’ facilities and am prohibited from, among other things, playing, practicing, working out, consulting with the Vikings’ coaching and medical staff, and making promotional appearances for the Club. 5. In addition, under the “lockout” the Vikings are refusing to pay me any of the monies to which I am entitled under my contract. 6. I am ready, willing and able to perform my obligations under my contract for the 2011 season but have been denied the opportunity to do so. 7. I have been injured as a result of the NFL Defendants’ refusal to honor the terms of my contract. The NFL Defendants’ “lockout” deprives me of the ability to practice or properly prepare for the 2011 NFL season and threatens to deprive me of an entire year of working at my profession; a year that cannot be recaptured. Dated: July 15, 2011 Respectfully submitted, /s Brian Robison Brian Robison 2

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