NFL Players Association reportedly ask for Dr. Thomas Gill to step down from Patriots
|07.24.13 at 2:12 pm ET|
According to multiple reports, the NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the Patriots asking for team doctor Thomas Gill to step down.
ESPN Boston and the NFL Network cite multiple sources in reporting that the grievance, filed in the past month, in a legal counter-punch, stemming from an original grievance filed by the Patriots against defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene.
The team looked to recoup some or all of Fanene’s $3.85 million signing bonus after releasing him in August with a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation.
In preparing for Fanene’s hearing, two sources told ESPNBoston.com that the NFLPA discovered information it believes may show Gill wasn’t acting in the best interest of Fanene. The information, according to sources, was an email correspondence with Patriots executives.
A hearing on the grievance involving Gill isn’t expected to be heard for at least one month, per sources, but the Fanene hearing was held Monday and Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, with the NFLPA representing Fanene.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has often spoken highly of Gill, who previously served as the team physician for the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox.
“From a coach’s perspective, in building a championship team, there is nothing more important really than your medical staff,” Belichick said then. “The overall operation of that group, relative to keeping our players healthy and on the field, is a huge aspect of the organization. … There is nothing more important to a coach than a healthy team.”
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