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May 15, 1986

The USFL came out charging in the opening statements of its antitrust suit against the National Football League, promising to produce several "smoking guns" to prove that the NFL had illegally monopolized the sport.

The NFL responded that it would counter with "25 smoking guns" to show that USFL owners were unhappy with New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump, who, according to NFL attorney Frank Rothman, was controlling the league.

The $1.32-billion antitrust suit was part of Trump's "grand plan" to force a merger of some USFL teams with the NFL, Rothman said.

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