By David Zalubowski and Jeff SchuhmanPublished Dec. 12, 2017 9:05:24A former NFL player who was once the top-paid player in the NFL got cat insurance when his insurance company did not, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.
The Associated Press has found that Dan Carter, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, received coverage for his cats, even though the cat owners had no idea of the coverage.
The NFL Players Association declined to comment.
The Packers had a policy in place that included Cat’s Insurance and the owners of the cats had no clue of the policy or the cats, Carter’s agent said.
Carter, 29, was released by the team in the final weeks of the 2016 season.
He had four years remaining on his contract, but his agent said he had not heard from the Packers about the cat insurance policy.
The policy, which had been in place since 2013, was canceled last week because of “changes in the market and other circumstances,” the agent said in a statement.
Carter has been a key player for the Packers and has been named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press for the past two seasons.
He was one of the NFL’s top defenders in 2016.
Carter is expected to receive the full value of his policy when the policy is paid, according of the statement.
The team has not paid for Cat’s insurance for more than a year, according a spokesman for the NFLPA.
Carter’s agent declined to be interviewed.
The owners of three cats, who also did not want to be identified because of their privacy, said they had no reason to think Carter’s cat insurance would cover the animals, which are registered at shelters and not breeders.
The cats were given to Carter as part of a deal with the Packers.
The Cats for Cats Foundation and the National Cat Foundation also received the cats as part.
Carter’s agents, Dan and Kathy Hochman, said the cats are registered as part-time and they have no connection to any breeders or shelters.
They said the charity is not involved in any way in the care or euthanasia of the animals.
The charity said in an email to the AP that the Cats for Animals Foundation has “no affiliation with the Cats franchise or the Greenbay Packers.”