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Sharrif Floyd among plaintiffs suing NCAA, SEC in class-action lawsuit

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Here's a Friday surprise: Sharrif Floyd is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA.

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Former Florida defensive tackle and beloved bear-like human Sharrif Floyd is suing the NCAA and SEC as part of a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA and several major athletic conferences, and seeking "damages and injunctive relief under the antitrust laws of the United States."

Floyd is the first and most prominent named plaintiff in the case, which was filed on Friday, and includes six other named plaintiffs, none of whom I've ever heard of. Sports Illustrated sports law expert Michael McCann was the first to break the story.

Floyd was infamously suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season by the NCAA for taking improper benefits from a man who later adopted him, prompting a vociferous defense of his actions from Will Muschamp.

But I'll be honest: I don't know what this lawsuit really means, nor why Floyd would be one of the people spearheading it, other than because Floyd strikes me as a really savvy person who understands the value of a dollar more than most athletes.

Update, 10:00 p.m. Friday: Floyd took to Twitter late Friday to issue a statement on his lawsuit.

Student athletes need to be respected more. It's hard for great coaches to do their job when their athletes are just looking for something as simple as an extra meal, a movie date with a friend and comfort that they are gonna be taken care of and not taken advantage of. Athletes shouldn't be suspended for raising money, to better his life or for looking at a mentor as a father. This has nothing to do with the Gator Nation. I love my college and will always be a Gator.

I've embedded McCann's copy of the lawsuit below. If you're a lawyer, feel free to take a stab at deciphering it in the comments.