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Floyd Little & The Strange Case Of The California Workers Comp Lawsuit

Last time I checked, the city of Denver was in Colorado and not California. So how it is then that Floyd Little claimed workers' compensation insurance in a state he never lived in?

Thank a weird California law that seems to circumvent logic.

California law is unique in that it allows for professional athletes to file workers' compensation claims in the state even if they never played for California-based teams. All that is required is to have played at least one professional game in the state.

I'm guessing the Broncos played the Raiders once or twice during Little's time there, hence the requirement.

And so, three years ago, Floyd filed a claim. As you might imagine, the insurance company involved ain't having it.

The lawsuit names the Broncos organization as a defendant along with nine former Broncos players who have pending claims: Little, Edwin Smith, John Rowser, Louie Wright, Godwin Turk, Barney Chavous , Mike Schnitker, Billy Van Heusen and Randy Gradishar .

The suit doesn't accuse the players of wrongdoing. Instead, it argues that the Broncos organization is incorrectly trying to get the insurance company — St. Paul Fire and Marine, part of the Travelers insurance company — to cover the nine claims.

Chances are, this will all be settled out of court, just as it has been for hundreds of other former athletes. The real issue is that pro athletes continue to need these types of loopholes as long as the NFL refuses to really take their post-career lives seriously. For Floyd, who claims to "still suffer from the injuries during my career," he'll understandably take help from whoever's providing.

H/T: Master P (probably not that one...)