WASHINGTON — The nation's top labor law enforcer has approved a federal complaint charging that the National Football League Players Assn. illegally used violence and threats of violence during its 24-day strike.
After a two-month investigation, Rosemary M. Collyer, general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, authorized the complaint Thursday, alleging that the players' association was responsible for "picket line misconduct" in six cities.
"The evidence was sufficient to establish that misconduct, including threats and other hostile acts, occurred," Collyer said.
Among them, she said, were instances in which striking players or members of other unions supporting them waved shotguns, threw eggs, spit on fans and tried to block both fans and strikebreakers from entering stadiums.
The cities where the alleged labor law violations occurred were listed in the complaint as Kansas City, Houston, Cincinnati, Denver, Washington and Philadelphia.