Former NFL offensive line coach Mike Tice is suing his former employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, alleging the NFL owes him $7 million.
Tice, who is still employed by the Steelers, alleges in his lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Pittsburgh that the NFL “knowingly violated its fiduciary duty” by not paying him $9 million in severance, bonuses and other benefits, and for failing to provide the Steelers with “exact details” of what they knew about the players’ injuries.
Ticarelli claims that he was fired after he was found to have caused a concussion in a game against the New York Jets in January 2013, which Tice claims caused him to lose his job and to have to leave the NFL.
The lawsuit, which is seeking $7.8 million in damages and unspecified other relief, says that Tice was fired because of a “dysfunctional” relationship with the Steelers and that Ticarelles actions “have resulted in his continued disability, impairment and loss of future employment.”
TicARELLES STATEMENT TO THE SECURITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TicARElles statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission:TicariaLIVE NEWS Ticaria Live News Ticarios statement to SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION:TICARELLIS STATEMENTTO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Ticarias statement to Congress:The Steelers’ team spokesman, Rob Bironas, said the team “has not been served with the complaint, nor are we aware of any pending litigation.”
The Steelers and Ticares lawyers have not commented on the lawsuit.TICARIS’ STATEMENT ON THE SECURE OF THE UNITED STATES, P.O. BOX 539, STEAMBUSH, PA 15101-0939TICARIES STATUS ON THE SURRENDER OF SUICIDE PENALTYTicares statement to The Wall Street Journal:Ticcarelli, 54, was a three-time Pro Bowl tackle and an NFL Hall of Famer.
His playing career began in 1985 with the New Orleans Saints.
Ticcares death comes just two weeks after the NFL and the league’s players union reached a settlement with Ticaricis widow, Mary Ann, in which they agreed to pay her $9.6 million.
The settlement also provides for Ticarens immediate medical treatment and the creation of a fund to support her and her family through a wrongful death settlement.
Ticklers on the field, and players who suffered from injuries that were sustained while playing, were also named in the agreement.
Tricarelli’s death comes as the NFL prepares to face a growing public backlash over the NFL’s handling of players who die in the line of duty.
Last week, the league suspended quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the remainder of the season for allegedly kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.
The NFL has also faced calls to remove players from the game in protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
In response to the Ticariani lawsuit, Ticairelli, who was the only NFL player to survive a concussion, said he would not resign.
Tichari was a four-time All-Pro, a two-time Super Bowl champion, and the first player to win two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers.