One of the key players in the federal case against former Redskins wide receiver Kyle Rittenhouse remains sidelined due to illness and has undergone heart procedures.
That’s the opinion of attorney Michael Cassidy, who has represented Rittenhouse in the NFL Players Association’s legal battle with the NFL since 2013. The former Redskins wide receiver is facing one count of wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud and one count of false statements to financial institutions in the indictment in late October.
According to the indictment, Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly made false statements to banks, making it appear he had at least $1 million in “funds available for withdrawal.” The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on the eve of training camp in 2013, alleging the league cut Rittenhouse’s 2012 salary in half, and so it should not have been $1.25 million. Cassidy said the NFLPA lost a key witness and cooperator in the case, while giving up valuable discovery such as e-mails, text messages and documents in return for retaining the player.
But he took over the case for Rittenhouse’s uncle, former Oklahoma quarterback Danny Rittenhouse, who is now the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach. Cassidy continued to represent Rittenhouse up until Monday of this week.
“We just can’t put forth a team,” Cassidy said Tuesday from his Tampa, Fla., office. “It would be to a fool’s errand to do (Kyle Rittenhouse’s case) and then get the quarterback coach to bring a team to his brother.
“The lead attorney for Kyle can’t represent both cases at the same time. He just can’t get the effort. . . . So Kyle’s attorney looked out and said, ‘The NFLPA is a wounded animal,’ and I agree with him.”