"Kicked out of our rooms."
The AAF is leaving a lot of damage in the wake of suspended league operations.
The league sent an email around to announce its decision and, as imagined, it didn't sit well with anyone involved.
Players were kicked out of their rooms forced to pay for flights back home, and with some not making top tier money they were ultimately left stranded in whatever city they were currently in.
AAF players contracts are immediately terminated and there is no severance pay. Last paycheck was for last week’s game.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 3, 2019
Source says AAF teams making players pay for their own flights home. What a clown show this was.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) April 2, 2019
One AAF player tells me that players are having to pay for their own way home & that the team hotel tried to kick them out today. This player is booking his own flight to get home. #AAF— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) April 2, 2019
This is just one player, so please take it for what it’s worth.
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
Not only is the league currently at a standstill with no end in sight, but it's also in debt. Even though the AAF attempted to cut costs, nothing seemed to work.
Couple other cost-cutting AAF details I unearthed/found interesting ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 2, 2019
• Only coaches/players were allowed eat on the team plane. Docs, trainers, equipment guys weren't fed.
• Night-before-game team dinners were eliminated. Players got a $30 per diem instead.
Per a source... The AAF owes over— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) April 2, 2019
$1 Million dollars in unpaid broadcast/game day operations at this time... this is probably only 10-15% of outstanding debts at this time.
One player signed his AAF contract less than 24 hours before the announcement.
Literally dropped everything I had going on and just signed an @TheAAF contract yesterday at 9pm and was excited to go back to doing what I loved. And in less than 24 hours the league is cancelled, yet it’s “about the players”. I’m sick.— Taiwan Jones (@TJ_Spartan34) April 2, 2019
Just a horrible situation for the players and those working with the teams as well.