Lane Johnson has filed a complaint in federal court against the NFL and NFL Players Association to vacate his suspension for his second performance enhancing drug violation.
In a statement released to the media, Johnson’s lawyer called the events leading up to his ten game suspension “a sham proceeding” and alleged that the NFL and NFLPA did not follow proper procedure.
Statement from Lane Johnson's lawyer Steve Zashin. pic.twitter.com/ArXScY0Ex0— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 6, 2017
Johnson had previously filed a complaint with the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board.
Johnson claims that he took a supplement that was cleared by the NFLPA’s Aegis app, but the NFLPA responded that the app isn’t actually a list of approved substances. In this new complaint, he and his lawyer have altered their tactics, alleging that the league did follow protocol and as such the suspension should be voided.
In addition to the games and salary missed, Johnson’s suspension triggered a clause in his contract that voided the remaining guaranteed money in his contract.
You can read the entire complaint here (note: the authenticity of his has not been verified). In the complaint, Johnson contends that documents were withheld from his legal team and that the proper amount of arbitrators were not used to rule on his appeal.