What a clown show this has turned out to be.
Less than two months after the start of its innagural season, the AAF is shutting down for good.
There was a lot of talk from the league’s co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, along with majority owner Thomas Dundon that the AAF would be a developmental league for the NFL.
Unfortunately that wasn’t case but the details of how they shut the league down is downright ruthless and unfair to the players.
According to SI’s Robert Klemko:
Source says AAF teams making players pay for their own flights home. What a clown show this was.
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) April 2, 2019
But it gets worse, as many AAF players tweeted about how they are left with medical bills and hotel costs that they incurred due to their involvement with the league:
League ends all within 24-48 hours
Now looking for an apartment
Need help finding an apartment
You can’t make this shit up
— Gionni Paul (@GionniPaul) April 3, 2019
Unorganized 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, 2019
@TheAAF I woke up to over a $2500 charge pending on my account from the Sonesta hotel our team stayed in. I called the bank and Memphis team president. My only option is to dispute the charges on Monday. The same thing happened to other players on our team @ohrnberger
— Adrien Robinson (@ItsARob8One) April 4, 2019
The good news is, the league has officially allowed their players to sign with NFL teams:
Effective immediately, all AAF players are authorized to sign with NFL Clubs.
— The Alliance (@TheAAF) April 4, 2019