Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has reportedly filed suit against both the NFL and NFLPA in the wake of the 10-game suspension that cost him most of the 2016 season. As reported by Albert Breer of The MMQB, he’s asking the court to vacate his penalties, which would presumably include the money he lost in game checks for his suspension.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson has filed suit in federal court against the NFL and NFLPA. He's asked the court to vacate his penalties.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 6, 2017
This move comes after Johnson filed an official complaint in November with the Department of Labor (more on that here).
The NFL suspended Johnson for PEDs before the season began. However, the suspension was delayed because the league was waiting on results from Johnson’s B sample. After the B sample also came back positive for a banned substance, the league was able to suspend him. At one point, the offensive tackle, who had previously been suspended four games for PEDs, attacked the NFLPA for failing to stick up for players.
After losing his appeal, Johnson finally started his suspension in October, which allowed him to return for the end of Philadelphia’s season.
However, when he came back in December, Johnson expressed remorse for letting his team down and wondered out loud if they would have made the playoffs if he hadn’t been suspended.
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 1, 2017
Johnson failed himself and his teammates. Of that there is no doubt. He had blamed the NFLPA for not informing him that a supplement he was taking contained an ingredient that would test positive. But that statement was proven false when information came out that Johnson never did have his supplement sent to the NFLPA for testing.
Clearly, he’d going to great lengths to redeem his name after a wasted season. However, based on what information we do have at our disposal it’s hard to imagine he’s going to be pleased with the results of his lawsuit.