Major League Football League ‘closed’: Players and coaches sent home

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MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Major League Football, which started training last week at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and was due to start games next month in Mobile, has been “shut down,” by a league coach.

The news stems, in part, from unpaid hotel rooms/reservations.

After practice today, the MLFB coaches were in a meeting at a team hotel when hotel officials knocked on the door and told them to ‘leave immediately’. As the coaches returned to their rooms, hotel officials knocked on the players’ doors telling them to “get out”.

Hotel room cards have been closed for everyone involved in the MLFB. Hotel officials collected the luggage of organization members if they were not already in their rooms before the cards closed. WKRG News 5 learned that it happened at three of the team’s four hotels.

WKRG’s Simone Eli was at a hotel in Mobile where more than a dozen MLFB players sat in the lobby waiting to go home. A player told News 5 he was not being helped financially to return home. A coach who needed a flight to Illinois also said he was not getting accommodation to return home.

“We were relaxing in our hotel rooms and the workers came and took the locks off the doors telling us to get out,” player Brendon Watson told News 5. “It’s nothing we can do. We don’t know if we’re paying for the flights, people don’t have the money, everyone is scrambling to get home.

Another MLFB coach said the players only received a small stipend, but weren’t going to be paid until their first game cheque. The coach told News 5 that MLFB coaches have been paid at least once so far.

News 5 spoke to a league official in the hotel lobby who told WKRG they will try to bring coaches and players back in two weeks when “shareholder money has been approved. by the SEC to help fund the league”.

The league official also told News 5 that they are paying for players to go home. This statement contradicts what News 5 has witnessed and what players/staff have said. When News 5 pressed the league official seeing players/coaches ordering Ubers and researching flights, he told me they “plan to refund them.”

News 5 called and requested an official statement from the league, but has yet to receive a response. There will be more on WKRG News 5 tonight.

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