No surprises here, but the NFL is asking for an immediate stay of the ruling in the Maurice Clarett case, pending their appeal. To be granted a stay, the league must prove that they would suffer irreparable harm if the ruling isn't put on hold. According to the Times:

In its motion, the league argued that if the Clarett decision were allowed to stand, there would be "immediate, fundamental and profound adverse consequences" for the league, teams, undergraduate players and even veteran N.F.L. players who may lose their jobs as teams consider the additional underclassmen available in the draft.

Frankly, I don't think the NFL has a leg to stand on here. Despite what the league thinks, this is a genie that can be put back in the bottle if they somehow win on appeal (which I don't think they will). Clarett could be in the league, but it's not as if we've heard of a flood of underclassmen preparing to enter the draft.

Incidentally, Clarett has indicated through his attorney that he will formally declare for the draft if the stay is denied, and that he's planning on attending the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week. That is going to be one scrutinized workout.

Update: The NFL lost their attempt to get the ruling stayed, with the judge rejecting their arguments.

AuthorMark McClusky