Major Soccer League Players Association director John Kerr said last night he and Baltimore Blast attorney Jim Gast hope to resolve Tim Wittman's grievance against the Blast before the case goes to arbitration later this week.
Kerr said he talked with Gast yesterday and believes the two are "close" to settling the $6,200 claim by the former Baltimore midfielder under the injury protection clause in the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league.
"There's a lot of emotion in this case," said Kerr of the continuing feud between Wittman and Blast owner Ed Hale. "But I hope we get it done short of arbitration. Arbitration costs both the players union and the Blast money. We've been trying to cut back on costs lately. I think Jim [Gast] and I realize there's no real dispute here. It would be stupid to carry this to an arbitrator."
The case had been tentatively scheduled to go before the arbitrator, George Nicolau, yesterday but Blast coach Kenny Cooper and vice president of soccer operations Drew Forrester requested a postponement because they were flying back from San Diego.