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Report: 75 former players suing NFL

Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:43 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 6:31 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In what is fairly shocking late-night news, TMZ is reporting that 75 players are suing the NFL, claiming the league intentionally hid the effects of concussions for 90 years.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed in L.A. County Superior Court Tuesday and states: “The NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players and the public."

TMZ writes that former Dolphins WR Mark Duper and former Giants RBs Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton are among the 75 players suing.

More from TMZ:

The suit claims the NFL commissioned a study in 1994, titled "NFL Committee on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" and published a report in 2004, concluding there was "no evidence of worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects" from multiple concussions.

And, the suit alleges, it was not until June 2010, that the NFL acknowledged concussions can lead to dementia, memory loss, CTE and related symptoms. All of the players are claim[ing] they suffered injuries as a result of multiple concussions.

The NFL Alumni group has been making its views widely known recently about concussions, and they obviously haven’t had a great relationship with the NFLPA. So, instead of sitting down at negotiations between the two sides in the lockout (where they seemingly have been marginalized), some former players are instead looking to the legal system for justice.

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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:07 pm

Report: 75 former players suing NFL

You have got to be kidding me. This is about as bad as the person suing McDonald's because their coffee was too hot and burned her. What the hell do you think is going to happen when you play a violent sport of which you have to wear a helmet. I played all the way through college and had 1 concussion. Maybe I should sue my university and the NCAA. Sometimes our legal system is too out of control. I hope the NFL in this case doesn't role over and this goes to trial. Utterly ridicolous.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:52 am

Report: 75 former players suing NFL

I am not going to say the NFL shouldn't look after explayers to an extent because they should, but maybe if these men would have taken something other than basket weaving when they were getting their free education they would be a bit more prepared for life after football.  I am not say the head injuries aren't brutal and need to be addressed but these guys all got 3-4 years of free education which would set almost any other person up to prosper.  No debt, a good chunk of change in their pocket and a good education should lead anyone to prosper if you ask me. 

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:31 am

Report: 75 former players suing NFL

Pathetic.  Guys used to brag about how many concussions they'd had and the times they played a whole game they couldn't remember.  They were paid grotesquely high salaries at the time they made their fortune and pissed it away rather than plan for their future knowing they were hurting their bodies in exchange for the kind of money that guarantees security afterward as long as you plan responsibly.  The NFL would be wise to assist these clowns and more importantly help todays warriors prepare now too, but I just don't think there is a legit reason for lawyers to be making free dollars on their desperation.  Goodell, you listening?  Make it right and cut the leaches out of the deal.  Take care of the old men like you would your father!

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:22 am

Report: 75 former players suing NFL

Are a you a former player Assassin21?  You act like you have first hand experience using the term "whores".  Yes, owners treat players poorly by paying them millions of dollars to play a game.  They hire fitness trainers, feed them, and expect nothing more than solid play on the football field.  So exactly how is that a bad thing?????

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:18 am

Report: 75 former players suing NFL

Do you think players taking steroids might also contribute to early deaths.  Please taek that into account as you blame the owners for players injuries.  Why doesn't a player sue another player who is clearly taking steroids and endangering other players health.  Think about that lawsuit for a moment.  It will happen soon!

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:10 am

Report: 75 former players suing NFL

Once again, some lawyer has talked a bunch of fools into filling a suit so the lawyer can get wealthy off of something that all the players had to say was no too.

Didn't the Players consult their own doctors?  Didn't the Doctor's give them clearance?  This is laughable.  Why aren't these players suing their high schools and the NCAA?  Next will be pop warner then the manufacture of the helmets, and then it will be the individuals that hit them. 

All the while the lawyers get rich and the players get nothing but bills from the lawyers. 

It wasn't until 2010 until the report came out from the AMA that concussions can lead to all those other things either.  But lawyers don't like to consider those facts.  I mean didn't everyone know in 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, heck I'll even throw in 2000 that all those things could be had with concussions? 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:10 am

Long time coming

I just hope some of these guys are able to enjoy their money or even realize they got it if they win the case.  Their average lifespan is less than sixty years.  Professional Wrestling is almost as bad, especially with today's style.  Most people think concussions led to the Benoit family tragedy.  Type "sports legacy institute" or "Christopher Nowinski" in your favorite search engine if you want to learn more about the long range effects of multiple concussions.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:47 am

Ignorant fools

To those of you who think these guys are just whining: Shove it!

They are not griping over the fact that the sport is dangerous and can cause head trauma.  They all knew that.  They are indignant towards the NFL for its criminally negligent treatment of its players afterwards.

The NFL treats its players like whores.  Once they are used up and damaged, they are put on the street to fen for themselves.  For most of us, a career change would not be that big a deal, but when you can't walk right, move your head, or think straight because of your job (a job in whinch you made your employer millions) then some care is in order.  It's a lot like the situation with asbestos workers.

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