The AAF is no more, and the aftermath is proving just how badly a select few screwed over those using the league's success as a platform.
Athletes were reportedly kicked out of their hotels, forced to head home on their own dime, but this only gets worse from here. According to former NFL Player Rich Ohrnberger, Memphis Express players had their personal items waiting for them in the lobby, as they were essentially kicked to the curb. Ticket vendors, scouts, and low-level team personnel were also left out to dry.
More on the #AAF collapse:— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) April 4, 2019
+Players in Memphis came back to their hotels after news came down, and had their personal items waiting in the lobby. Kicked out of their lodgings.
+Amount of money owed to vendors, venues, etc. in San Antonio for training camp is over $4 Million
These high-level investors ought to be held liable. It's like Fyre Fest was a football league.
Players who were injured during the league's lone season will be forced to pay their own medical expenses, despite promises to the contrary.
+Reserve/Injured players, “will be left in the cold.” They will be paying for their own rehab/medical expenses.— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) April 4, 2019
+High level staff at the team level received email from “The Board” no one received a termination notice from an actual person.
But who has to handle these complaints? Not the owners or the investors. Instead, team staff was asked to clean out the office and handle 'refunds' without any direction whatsoever.
+Team level staff members were asked to stay behind in markets to clean out office spaces (without pay)... and handle “refunds” ...no clarity who will be receiving those refunds.— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) April 4, 2019
This is a complete mess...
Looking back, it's easy to say we should've seen this coming, but given the incredible investments from the likes of Tom Dundon, Spring football seemed like an intelligent concept. Instead, players looking for a second chance and staff excited about the opportunity were taken advantage of. We shouldn't stand for that.