Mountain Lions fall to 0-2 as payroll issues surface

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C

Mountain Lions and other United Football League players haven't been paid this season, team owner Paul Pelosi confirmed during halftime of Friday night's 37-29 loss to the Destroyers in Virginia Beach, Va.

"First of all, it's true," Pelosi said during an interview on CBS Sports Network, according to a news release from the UFL. "The players have not been paid yet. … We guarantee that they will be paid … and we're going to do that very soon."

During the halftime interview, UFL President Bill Mayer also discussed the league's financial situation.

"If you talk to players that have played in past seasons, they got paid," Mayer said, according to the UFL release. "Not always on time, but there's no one who hasn't gotten paid."

Former Mountain Lions coach Dennis Green sued the league and the team, claiming he wasn't paid fully for last season.

That case is headed to arbitration later this month, according to San Francisco Superior Court online documents.

The Mountain Lions (0-2) host Las Vegas on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Raley Field.

– Bee Sports staff

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