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.
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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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