Brady et al v. National Football League et al
Declaration of Osi Umenyiora 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)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
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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 Osi Umenyiora
others similarly situated,
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, et al.,
Osi Umenyiora declares under penalty of perjury, as follows:
I am a professional football player currently under contract to play
for the New York Giants. I am submitting this declaration in support of Plaintiffs’
motion for summary judgment.
I have been a Defensive End in the NFL since 2003, when I was
drafted by the New York Giants. I have been with the Giants for the entirety of my NFL
On or about December 23, 2005, I signed a six year $41 million
contract extension with the Giants, extending my contract through the 2012 season.
Under this contract, I am owed a base salary of $3,125,000 for the 2011 regular season.
In addition, I am entitled to various bonuses, including a $31,250 bonus for each game
during the 2011 season I am on the Giants’ 53-man active roster.
As of March 12, 2011, the NFL Defendants “locked out” the players
preventing us from pursuing our livelihood. Under this so-called “lockout,” the Giants
have refused to honor the terms of my contract. I have been denied access to the Giants’
facilities and am prohibited from, among other things, playing, practicing, working out,
consulting with the Giants’ coaching and medical staff, and making promotional
appearances for the Club.
In addition, under the “lockout” the Giants are refusing to pay me
any of the monies to which I am entitled under my contract.
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.
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.
In addition, the Giants are refusing to renegotiate my existing
contract or discuss with me the possibility of a trade to another team. 2011 is a critical
year for me to negotiate my next NFL contract because last year, in 2010, I played at a
very high level setting, for example, the NFL record for most forced fumbles in a single
season. Moreover, in early April 2008, approximately two weeks before the start of the
New York Giants off-season conditioning program, I had a meeting with the General
Manager of the New York Giants, Mr. Jerry Reese. After about an hour of discussing my
current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the
NFL, Mr. Reese told me that 2 years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was
playing at a high level, he would either renegotiate my current contract so that it would
be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing, or I would be traded to a team that
would do that. Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely
sure that would be the case. He then told me he was an honest and church going man and
that he would not lie, which I believed to be the case.
Thus, if a contract is to be negotiated with the Giants, or any other
team that would reflect my current high market value it must be done now during the
2011 season or off-season. If I am denied this opportunity due to the NFL “lockout,” I
will suffer further injury.
Dated: July 15, 2011
/s Osi Umenyiora
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