Taiwan Jones, AAF players react to league’s abrupt suspension: ‘I just signed a contract yesterday’

first_imgCareer isn’t over, but my AAF journey is. Thank you @aafstallions for blessing me with the opportunity to continue to still play football. Met great guys across the league and my teammates. This is a journey I will never forget. Thank you @theaaf . Next step…A post shared by Chris Odom (@chrisodom93) on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:21pm PDTJamar SummersTo all ya boys across the AAF, salute to all ya’ll man .. Ion give af what anybody say we was doing our shit out there & having fun win, lose or draw. To everyone higher up appreciate ya for the opportunity -JSUM— Jamar Summers (@jsum) April 2, 2019Steven JohnsonI will forever be grateful for the @TheAAF and the @aafhotshots …. mixed feelings right now!!! These guys all have become my brothers! N we Definately finished #1 in the league!! But its time to go back to the @NFL 🙏🏾🏈💯-Monster [mon·​ster]: 𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑛 pic.twitter.com/Ivl0fzQIAG— Steven Johnson Jr. (@SMJ2852) April 2, 2019 AAF TIMELINE: The events that led to the football league closingLiterally dropped everything I had going on and just signed an @TheAAF contract yesterday at 9pm and was excited to go back to doing what I loved. And in less than 24 hours the league is cancelled, yet it’s “about the players”. I’m sick.— Taiwan Jones (@TJ_Spartan34) April 2, 2019The Express announced Jones’ contract at 10:36 a.m. ET Tuesday. Reports about the league shutting down started at 12:51 p.m., just a few hours later.His story shows just how much of a shock this news truly was to everyone not named Tom Dundon. In fact, the sudden news meant teams had no plans for their players. These athletes who signed three-year deals with the league (every player has the same contract) now have no idea where their next source of income will come from.Contracts were non-guaranteed with a maximum of $250,000. Players would earn $70,000 for their first season. But according to Darren Rovell, the players’ contracts were “immediately terminated and there is no severance pay.” Their last paycheck was for Week 8’s game, so players won’t receive the full $70,000.To make matters worse, teams couldn’t send their players home.Source says AAF teams making players pay for their own flights home. What a clown show this was.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) April 2, 2019Some of the reactions from players below reflect that report.A Salt Lake Stallions podcast which kept in touch with players also said, “Many who were on the road are currently trying to figure out transportation back home.” A player told a San Diego Fleet podcast, “AAF said health benefits are only available till the end of the month. We were promised benefits until the end of December if we finished the season.” Another player told the Fleet podcast, “AAF just told us we have our hotel until Sunday and that we have to find our own way home.”MORE: Who is to blame for the AAF shutting down?Here’s how some other players reacted on social media.Johnny ManzielIf you’re an AAF player and the league does dissolve. The last check you got will be the last one that you get. No lawsuit or anything else will get you your bread. Save your money and keep your head up. It’s the only choice at this point unless something drastic happens.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 2, 2019Just the reality of this unfortunate situation.. great concept, good football on the field and fun for fans to watch. Just not enough money to go around which has been the main problem with “other” leagues for a long time.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 2, 2019Charles JohnsonSmh. Let us be great. Sometimes it’s not about money, power. It’s about thenlove for the game and the love for others. Let us play!!— Charles Johnson (@MrInkredibleXII) April 2, 2019Rashad RossVery thankful & grateful for the opportunity the #aaf gave me !! Let continued be better!! GRIND DONT STOP!! pic.twitter.com/UNZEERePDS— Rashad Ross (@RocketRoss_19) April 2, 2019Anthony Manzo-LewisUnorganized is an understatement…kicked out of our rooms (that weren’t paid apparently) 17 hours away from home with a car full of my belongings and nowhere to go…#JoinTheAlliance @TheAAF @CharlieEbersol @TDCanes @espn @BleacherReport @aafexpress— Anthony Manzo-Lewis (@amanzolewis) April 2, 2019D’Ernest JohnsonI Just Want To Play Ball🤦🏾‍♂️— D’Ernest Johnson (@DernestJohnson2) April 2, 2019Weslye SaundersThe AAF gave me a chance show that I belong on that field! 🏈And after 3+ years of working & waiting, my daughter finally got to see her daddy play! ❤️ Of course, the ultimate goal is to return to the @NFL & finish what we started! 🏆#TeamSaunders #TheMarathonContinues 🏁🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/FjLEl3z6nt— Weslye Saunders (@Wes_Saunders88) April 2, 2019Will HillIt’s been real y’all https://t.co/dNCY6uycBq— Will Hill III (@WillThrill25) April 2, 2019Ja’Quan GardnerThanks for the Love and Opportunity SD #FleetForever pic.twitter.com/hj1ivAV5oC— Ja’Quan Gardner (@_JGWentworth_32) April 3, 2019Chris Odom View this post on Instagram The Alliance of American Football is suspending operations, according to co-founder Bill Polian, leaving many people without a job.One of those people is former Michigan State and Jets linebacker Taiwan Jones (not be confused with the former NFL running back). But what makes Jones’ case unique is the fact he signed a contract with the Memphis Express less than 24 hours before investor Tom Dundon decided to suspend operations.last_img

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