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Four ex-players sue NFL alleging brain damage
Yahoo ^ | 12/22/11

Posted on 12/23/2011 7:10:08 AM PST by Libloather

Four ex-players sue NFL alleging brain damage
Reuters – 16 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four former National Football League players, including two Pro Bowl players, sued the league over brain injuries that they say left them facing medical problems years after their careers ended.

Dorsey Levens and Jamal Lewis, both named to the annual All-Star Pro Bowl, as well as Fulton Kuykendall and Ryan Stewart, filed the lawsuit against the National Football League and NFL Properties LLC on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

The suits are the latest in a series filed against the NFL in recent months by former players who say the league did not do enough to protect them from concussions.

The Atlanta suit alleges the NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the potential for concussions but only made them public in 2010.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brain; damage; nfl; sue
Wouldn't it be better to sue the folks who delivered the hits?
1 posted on 12/23/2011 7:10:14 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
"Wouldn't it be better to sue the folks who delivered the hits?"

Not if you're looking to collect some money.

2 posted on 12/23/2011 7:12:52 AM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Libloather

Could this be the beginning of the end of football?


3 posted on 12/23/2011 7:13:45 AM PST by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: Libloather
Football players suing for brain damage?

...biting my tongue.

Full Disclosure: Want to find out more about second-strike injury and the possibility of diffuse axonal injury.

No cheers, unfortunately.

...oh, and Merry Christmas!

4 posted on 12/23/2011 7:14:23 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Libloather
Next step, the Holder Injustice Department will sue to allow lesbians to play pro football.

...then change the rules so they won't get hurt, all the while denying that there are any meaningful differences between men and woman.

Cheers!

5 posted on 12/23/2011 7:15:54 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Libloather

How do they know the brain injuries didn’t start in high school and college football?


6 posted on 12/23/2011 7:16:18 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Libloather

First off they assumed the risk. Second, any such claim they would have would be regulated by State workers compensation statutes.


7 posted on 12/23/2011 7:16:23 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Libloather
Volenti non fit Injuria.

Etiam non princeps sed usque ad genua, Principis Pacis!

8 posted on 12/23/2011 7:16:57 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Libloather

Welfare begging bums. Spent all dae money on hos and crack, and now want some mo better cash.


9 posted on 12/23/2011 7:17:45 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Libloather

This issue won’t go away


10 posted on 12/23/2011 7:17:58 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Libloather

LOL! Nice to see a league that kisses Hussein’s backside, and pushes a potential owner like Rush Limbaugh out the door, get some flack.


11 posted on 12/23/2011 7:18:49 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Libloather

There’s always flag football../S


12 posted on 12/23/2011 7:19:15 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

I had to do a double take on your username. Man, was this thread ever made for you!


13 posted on 12/23/2011 7:19:28 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Libloather

A quick search of Wikipedia shows that Lewis was just sued for a bad loan...$660k...guess he could use the money.


14 posted on 12/23/2011 7:19:28 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Libloather

I’m sorry, but I didn’t see where the NFL required that all of these players enter the draft, sign a contract, and assume the risks of the game... they did so voluntarily knowing the risks of injury.


15 posted on 12/23/2011 7:19:42 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: preacher

I’m afraid the NFL will do to football what NASCAR did to racing. They’re going to make it two hand touch when all is said and done.


16 posted on 12/23/2011 7:20:35 AM PST by lwd
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To: circlecity

It becomes a federal issue since they cross state lines to play games.


17 posted on 12/23/2011 7:22:13 AM PST by lwd
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To: Libloather

Who forced them into football?


18 posted on 12/23/2011 7:22:28 AM PST by onedoug (6-4-3)
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To: Libloather

Can’t speak for the other players, but being a coke head might have had a little something to do with Lewis’ scrambles thought processes.


19 posted on 12/23/2011 7:23:33 AM PST by hampdenkid
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To: Libloather

What difference does it make when the NFL knew taking hits in the head can give you brain damage.

All of these guy have watched Cassious Clay fights.

They were all overpaid to accept the rick, and I would argue that if you went back and studie their High School and College exams they were Dane Bramaged long before their careers started.

They are just looking for another pay day.

Next the players with Arthritis will blame their shoulder and back, and knee problems on the game, and start looking for their pay check.

You took the checks, don’t cry now.


20 posted on 12/23/2011 7:24:17 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Common Sense 101

Jamal (prison time for cocaine distribution) Lewis is so damned stupid, he has to take his pants off to count to eleven. How can you expect a guy like him to know that you could be injured playing football? The NFL conspired to hide the risks, and now they have to give Lewis mo better cash.


21 posted on 12/23/2011 7:25:34 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Libloather

Sue the university you played at, the high school, the pop warner football league, your parents, yourself.

Suh Ndamukong


22 posted on 12/23/2011 7:26:51 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Libloather

Sue the boy named


23 posted on 12/23/2011 7:28:28 AM PST by PGalt
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To: preacher

Honestly, I suspect that is what this is all about. Once the safety nannies get a hold of this and do some fake studies, you can bet the rules will kill off traditional football as we know it.


24 posted on 12/23/2011 7:30:13 AM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Libloather
There should be zero surprise that an adult who spends much of his grown life still playing a kids game for a huge amount of money...is too childish to accept adult responsibility for the risks and consequences there in.
25 posted on 12/23/2011 7:37:12 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Libloather

This is like a pornstar suing a director because she got herpes.


26 posted on 12/23/2011 7:42:59 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Venturer
Put on body armor and run at each other, head first, at 100% of your ubermensch speed, with hundreds of pounds of body mass centered on vulnerable joints, ligaments, and cranial components, and the expected result is what? Take off the armor, realize that your impact on another player will affect you equally, or at least significantly, and the game does change.

No longer will you be taught to spear your opponent, any blocking of uninvolved players is penalized, and you stay on the field for offense and defense, thereby eliminating the low stamina fat men. Injuries occur, but are not as frequent nor as often crippling.

Welcome to the progenitor of America football - rugby.

27 posted on 12/23/2011 7:52:03 AM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: Thommas

“Put on body armor and run at each other, head first, at 100% of your ubermensch speed, with hundreds of pounds of body mass centered on vulnerable joints, ligaments, and cranial components, and the expected result is what? Take off the armor, realize that your impact on another player will affect you equally, or at least significantly, and the game does change.

No longer will you be taught to spear your opponent, any blocking of uninvolved players is penalized, and you stay on the field for offense and defense, thereby eliminating the low stamina fat men. Injuries occur, but are not as frequent nor as often crippling.

Welcome to the progenitor of America football - rugby. “

Yep, they need to go back to leather helmets and no face guards. Maybe they will think twice about spearing another player and concentrate more on wrapping them up instead. You see many players nowadays that can’t even tackle properly instead relying on debilitating hits like they are guided missiles.


28 posted on 12/23/2011 8:04:24 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Libloather

Occupational hazard; duly indemnified while active.


29 posted on 12/23/2011 8:04:28 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Libloather

Agree. Other than the players who actually did the hitting, I think you have to go after the coaches who taught or didn’t teach proper technique or told them to get back in the game because they only “got their bell run.”. And the fans who cheered the big hits and the networks that showed them over and over on highlights.

Or you could ask the players what they thought would happen if they kept taking headshots.

As Jerry Seinfeld said, “if you have to wear a helmet, you probably shouldn’t do it” or words to that effect.


30 posted on 12/23/2011 8:14:14 AM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: Thommas

Paterno argued for years that the facemask should be done away with - that it made players fearless when leading with their heads.


31 posted on 12/23/2011 8:16:16 AM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Libloather

Maybe the players with memory loss will forget all about this.

NFL? I played in the NFL? What’s NFL?


32 posted on 12/23/2011 8:21:26 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: preacher

Go here, scroll down, click ‘concussion videos.’ I thin there are eight of them. Informative.

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/sports_health/concussion-center.aspx


33 posted on 12/23/2011 8:42:14 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Libloather

Given his political career, I was looking for Heath Shuler.


34 posted on 12/23/2011 8:48:54 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: Libloather

Football is dangerous. Who knew?


35 posted on 12/23/2011 9:02:45 AM PST by Spok (From hope and change to change is hopeless. In just the first term.)
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To: circlecity
First off they assumed the risk.

Well, you can make an argument about whether the NFL had superior knowledge, about whether the NFL had a duty to make that knowledge available to players, about whether the players had a right to rely upon the NFL for information . . . I could go on, but then again, my mind is warped by being law-school edumacatified.

On the other hand (we lawyers have more hands than a statue of Kali), i'd think a reasonable person would have enough knowledge that collisions which take you from a full-speed run to a dead stop can hurt your head. Like running repeatedly into a garage door. And that an individual team and its trainers have a better knowledge of your condition and more duty to you - if anyone has it to you - than the nebulous NFL.

And there are exceptions to Workers' Compensation law - and they vary from state to state. And you have the issue of an injury caused in another state by a party that isn't another employee of the NFL or the injured player's employer, (in the case of an away game) in a location that isn't the player's employer's place of work. And the NFL doesn't employ any of these players, so while Workers' Compensation laws may protect the individual teams, it wouldn't protect the NFL.

Let's grab some guacamole and blue corn chips and talk about this.

36 posted on 12/23/2011 9:14:05 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Libloather

I would’ve played football but my grades were too good.


37 posted on 12/23/2011 9:30:22 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: headstamp 2

A bicycle helmet would be a crushed piece of foam after most NFL hits and have to be thrown away - BUT it would have absorbed a lot of the impact.

Why they’re using armor modeled after medieval knights in the 21st century is beyond me.


38 posted on 12/23/2011 9:31:32 AM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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