By Chris Emma-
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith recently expressed his displeasure for proposed workers’ compensation legislation that would lessen a part of the current protections and benefits for athletes. Under Illinois law, most injured workers can claim disability benefits known as a “wage differential award” until they’re 67 years old; the new bill would lower that age threshold to 35 for athletes.
The proposal has been supported by the Bears and Chicago’s four other major professional teams.
Smith came forward on 670 The Score with strong claims regarding the bill.
“I will tell you from the bottom of my heart that this union will tell every potential free agent player, if this bill passes, to not come to the Bears,” Smith said on Feb. 3. “Because, think about it, if you’re a free agent player and you have an opportunity to go play somewhere else where you can get lifetime medical for the injury you’re going to have, isn’t a smarter financial decision to go to a team where a bill like this hasn’t passed?
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