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NFL Sued Over Concussions

NFL Sued Over Concussions

The National Football League was sued by approximately 2,000 former players on Thursday over allegations that the league downplayed and hid evidence of the risk of brain injury.†The class action suit will join up with more than 80 suits previously filed by former players.

“The NFL, like the sport of boxing, was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows producing sub-concussive and concussive results and the fact that some members of the NFL player population were at significant risk of developing long-term brain damage and cognitive decline as a result,” the suit charges.

The suit comes amid growing concern over the long-term impact of brain injuries sustained by players. In the past 18 months, three former players — Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling, and Junior Seau — have committed suicide. Both Duerson and Seau shot themselves in the chest, and Duerson asked in his suicide note for his brain to be examined for signs of trauma.

Duerson ultimately was found to have suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, permanent brain damage similar to that seen in at least 20 other deceased players.

Mary Ann Easterling, the widow of Ray Easterling, said in an Associated Press interview that the damage to players was overwhelming.

“Half the time the player puts themselves back in the game, and they don’t know what kind of impact it has,” she said. “Somehow this has got to be stopped. It’s destroying people’s lives.”

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a degenerative disease suffered by people with a history of multiple concussions or head injuries. Symptoms of the disease include psychotic symptoms, depression, erratic behavior, body control issues similar to Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

In a statement, the NFL said that they had been up-front with players about risk.

“The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so,” the statement said. “Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.”

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8:26PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

The problem is the same as with most medical disabilities. If the NFL would just pony up more disability payments (they can afford it), most of these people would stop complaining. But it's like any other job, get hurt and the employer's doctors claim the injury was from anything but the job. So no disability.

8:44PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Don't those overpaid pro football players KNOW they're going to get concussions? If they don't investigate what happens to injuries to their heads on their own they're stupid.
I guess big salaries make them immune.

5:26AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Sorry but with all the money these guys get paid and knowing full well going in to play that football is a full contact sport, I have no sympathy.

9:30PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

NFL already gets better health car than military or indeed 90% of US citizens- suck it up and drive on you are being paid $$$$$$$$$.

5:57PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Its about time. Football can be a dangerous sport and as much as the NFL pretends to be aware of and working on the problem, The helmets or brain buckets have not stopped the large number of players receiving concussions and haviong their careers and health impacted and shortened.

10:08AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Let us consider what should be the definition of pornography and start with soft core pornography; simple shows or films of sexual intercourse between two adults. Here there is little or no perversity, but introduce some violence into the sex act and it is no longer soft core. The more violent it is, say that it leaves permanent crippling injuries, the harder core it is. How hard core is it? The more violent with real live injuries intentionally inflicted on the performers, the more hard core it is. Eventually the violence displaces the sex until you go from 99% violence and 1% sex to 100% violence, the hardest core possible. That's football.
It is no coincidence that traffickers in child prostitution slavery converge upon the Super Bowl. Football is a perversion, hard core.

8:59AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

It is about time!! It is a violent , awful way for men to make a living and the owners profit.

8:30AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

So happy my boys biked and swam. Never went in for contact sports.

7:12AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

This reminds me of a pinball machine in the town I grew up in. It said, "Ya pay your money you take your chances!"

6:34AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

This is ridiculous, why didn´t they complain when they were cashing those big pay cheks???

I bet that if the pay wasn´t that big they would not risk their health and lives like they do....It´s all about the money......now they want more money...give me a break!!!

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