The Seattle Seahawks sued former defensive linemen Malik McDowell, alleging that their former draft pick failed to pay back nearly $800,000 of a signing bonus.
Via Detroit News:
The Seattle Seahawks filed suit in federal court on Wednesday, stating the former Michigan State defensive lineman has failed to pay back the $799,238 an arbitrator ordered him to after McDowell suffered a head injury in an ATV accident in July 2017, keeping him from ever playing a single snap in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Seahawks doctors never cleared McDowell to play and after the 2018 season, the team released McDowell.
According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, McDowell was ruled to be in breach of his contract when he suffered the non-football injury and that he would need to forfeit his signing bonus totaling $1,599,238. The Seahawks withheld payment of $800,000 for the 2018 season, leading to the amount of $799,238 that was ruled McDowell must pay back.
McDowell is the highest-drafted player in Seahawks history to not play for the team.
This is the exact reason you stay away from ATV’s, motorcycles, or any other activities that can ruin your career in one split second.
Just say NO.
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