On July 19th, 75 former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the NFL. In the lawsuit, the players claim the NFL knew the effects of concussions as far back & early as the 1920′s, but knowingly hid the information from the public until June of 2010. As far as they remember of course!
Side Note: Concussions are not funny and should be taken seriously, not matter how many hilarious jokes you think of. Even Troy Aikman staring into nothing with a smelling salt pressed up against his nose, we should take this seriously.
Mark Duper, Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton are among 75 former NFL players that have filed a negligence, fraud and liability suit in a Los Angeles Superior Court. Days later Ottis Anderson dropped his name from the lawsuit. We can only speculate that he thinks this is the 1930′s and why blame the NFL for holding back information for only 10 years…sorry forgot the side note.
The lawsuit also lists several of the player’s wives’ as plaintiffs and the NFL’s official helmet supplier, Riddell as a defendant.
The NFL’s 1994 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee is referenced within the suit. The Committee was to study the risk of long term brain injury to players. The suit claims the committee published ‘false, distorted and deceiving’ findings that were intended to diminish the risks and deceive Congress, Coaches, Players and the Public.
Former NFL players are claiming that after years of taking blows to the head, they’ve developeddementia, headaches, memory loss, blurred vision, sleeplessness, ringing in the ears, depression, anxiety, explosive mood changes, poor judgment and even substance abuse from some of the afore mentioned symptoms.
The suit claims that independent tests revealed the risks of brain damage from concussions long before the NFL and Riddell made their findings public. Players also say the NFL never warned any former players about the effects of concussions have years after football.
With the NFL Lockout pending, we will see how the NFL will handle this case. The past few years, the NFL has been funding large researchers to study concussions and their effects during and after a players’ career. Riddell is also researching new helmets to reduce concussions and their effects on the brain.VN:F [1.9.10_1130]