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2,000 Players Sue NFL Over Head Trauma
CNN/theindychannel.com ^ | 06/07/2012 | uncredited

Posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:18 AM PDT by Abathar

(CNN) -- A unified lawsuit on behalf of more than 2,000 National Football League players has been filed against the league in federal court, alleging that the NFL failed to acknowledge and address neurological risks associated with the sport and then deliberately failed to tell players about the risks they faced, according to attorneys representing former players.

The complaint, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, unites the more than 80 pending lawsuits filed against the NFL.

"I firmly believe the NFL could have and should have done more to protect Ray. That's why I am seeking to hold the NFL accountable," said Mary Ann Easterling, widow of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, who committed suicide in April after years with dementia. "Having lived through Ray's struggle, I desperately hope and pray others can be spared the pain and suffering we have endured -- and still endure every day."

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They knew the risks when they cashed the checks, so did their wives.
1 posted on 06/07/2012 11:54:20 AM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

Dummkopfs.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 11:56:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Abathar

What will really be interesting is the impact this will have on the game at the high school level, and the liability insurance rate increases that may come about from this...will they be able to afford to pay them. That’s what could ultimately wind up killing the game as we know it.


3 posted on 06/07/2012 11:56:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Abathar

So maybe they should have a tax on tickets to Football games: “Head Injury Tax” and the money could be used to EDUCATE the Children about the dangers of Big Football


4 posted on 06/07/2012 12:00:12 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Abathar

I can believe the recklessness of the NFL here. Imagine, hiding it for all these years that football is a dangerous sport. There oughtda be a law.


5 posted on 06/07/2012 12:00:41 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Abathar

Most of them were idiots who got through college on Sports scolarships. They took the money that was offered them and now they cry.They knew the risks.

Their huge salaries have driven the price of tickets past what most of us can afford.The hell with them close the stadiums up and lets call it a day.


6 posted on 06/07/2012 12:01:03 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: dfwgator

I’m afraid your right.
I can’t imagine what the game will be like after the lawyers get through with it.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 12:02:18 PM PDT by Elderberry
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To: Abathar

This is beyond six kinds of stupid. They knew what they were doing. Surely these men played football LONG before they joined the ranks of the NFL.

We’ve gone ‘round the bend.


8 posted on 06/07/2012 12:02:28 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: Abathar

They are the ones who were out there trying to take each other out.


9 posted on 06/07/2012 12:02:41 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Abathar

80 of all NFL players, three years after leaving the NFL are unemployed, divorced and bankrupt.

This despite each player meets with the CFO and the team puts together a financial plan for them that 80% disregard.

They tried after last years report to blame it on race - white players already had a home and their mom’s had a home and black players need to buy that stuff.

I played in the 1970’s and we all knew the risks then and choose the money was worth the risk.


10 posted on 06/07/2012 12:03:45 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Abathar

Hmmmmm....

Mebbe they can put a Surgeon General’s warning on the side of the helmets? Also they could run some commercials featuring a few really messed up football players, like they do for cigarettes?


11 posted on 06/07/2012 12:03:49 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Abathar

Turning into the Noncontact Football League?


12 posted on 06/07/2012 12:05:03 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Irenic

The problem is proper tackling techniques have been replaced by players trying to make SportsCenter with the big hit.


13 posted on 06/07/2012 12:05:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Abathar

So......they burned through the big money they made while playing and now it’s time to get some more money.....of course the attorneys will get a big chunk of the cash.

Get ready Professional Boxing....your next!


14 posted on 06/07/2012 12:06:50 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: dfwgator

“That’s what could ultimately wind up killing the game as we know it.”

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That’s what lawyers do. Destroy things, inconveniece us, rob us.....

Ok...most lawyers...


15 posted on 06/07/2012 12:07:30 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Abathar
I think everyone knew all this talk about concussions was the leadup to a big lawsuit.

That the media has been so supportive in reporting tells me the DNC, trial lawyers and media are working together on this.

16 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Bushbacker1

Powder Puff football for boys! That’s what’s coming. So tired of the sissy boys.


17 posted on 06/07/2012 12:09:55 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Abathar; mickie
Are 20% pf the 2000 tweeting about their alleged neurological disorders from jail?

Leni

18 posted on 06/07/2012 12:10:01 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Abathar

Shouldn’t their paychecks go down as the game is rendered safer and less exciting. It may happen anyway.


19 posted on 06/07/2012 12:13:02 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Abathar
Why don't they just make the NFL a flag football league. That should satisfy the liberal lawyers.

These players are no shrinking violets. They knew from Pop Warner what they were doing.

20 posted on 06/07/2012 12:13:44 PM PDT by skimask
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What a bunch of pussy's, and a bigger bunch of bottom sucking lawyers for even bringing up a law suit. Guess player will now have to have on armor plating to be able to play the stupid game of football.
21 posted on 06/07/2012 12:15:24 PM PDT by bikerman (Obama lied,economy died.)
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To: dfwgator

It is rare you when you see a good tackle using the arms and a shoulder.


22 posted on 06/07/2012 12:18:34 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Abathar

Gotta love unions!

Well maybe not.


23 posted on 06/07/2012 12:18:58 PM PDT by Tahoe3002
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Guess player will now have to have on armor plating to be able to play the stupid game of football.

Actually the "armor plating" is part of the problem...players can use their bodies as battering rams because of their helmets and pads....go back to leather helmets, and they'll start tacking the right way again. I also would impose weight limits on players....the game was better before the days of the 300+ lb behemoths. Good offensive line play is much more a function of good technique than size.

24 posted on 06/07/2012 12:19:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
John Lynch was a safety who played for Denver and Tampa Bay if memory serves me correctly. He got fined for a big hit on someone and said, not only is NFL fining me but they are going to put that hit on a video and make millions of it's sale.
25 posted on 06/07/2012 12:20:31 PM PDT by skimask
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To: dfwgator
The problem is proper tackling techniques have been replaced by players trying to make SportsCenter with the big hit.

Exactly. The most violent of the collisions today are coached into the player. Very much so in the defensive backfield. They don't tackle anymore, they just collide with the ball carrier as hard as they can. Back in the day, I can remember being taught "always see what you hit" which brought you in upright with your arms ready to wrap the player up. Watch youtubes of Jack Tatum to see the difference.

26 posted on 06/07/2012 12:21:35 PM PDT by IamConservative (Shall I try and perhaps fail or shall I do nothing without fail?)
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Watch youtubes of Jack Tatum to see the difference.

You mean his hit on Darryl Stingley?

27 posted on 06/07/2012 12:23:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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"Good offensive line play is much more a function of good technique than size.

I could argue that with you because these 300+ pounders who play on the offensive lines are cat quick and they don't take a false step.

Now you are right about technique being what it's all about, But these guys are so damn quick off the snap.

Example Joe Gibs hogs and the counter trey which is still used today.

28 posted on 06/07/2012 12:29:24 PM PDT by skimask
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To: skimask

If I were building a team from scratch, I would start by finding the best offensive line coach in the business and pay him whatever he wants. A good offensive line makes any team a contender, regardless of what they have at the skill positions.


29 posted on 06/07/2012 12:31:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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You mean his hit on Darryl Stingley?

There is that one for sure. Tatum's head was up, but there certainly wasn't an attempt to wrap the player up.

30 posted on 06/07/2012 12:32:06 PM PDT by IamConservative (Shall I try and perhaps fail or shall I do nothing without fail?)
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To: Abathar

I was sitting around a table full of docs this am and we decided to sue because we did not realize that our job would make us come in contact with sick people every day.


31 posted on 06/07/2012 12:33:53 PM PDT by Cyman
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You are 100% correct. It all starts with those six guys up front. The skill positions are useless without a good OF line. BTW Joe Bugel is one of the best in the business.


32 posted on 06/07/2012 12:37:43 PM PDT by skimask
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To: razorback-bert
It is rare you when you see a good tackle using the arms and a shoulder.

True, I was taught, when I played in HS not to ever use your head when tackling, move the head to one side, hit with the shoulder and hang on with the arms. A few years after I graduated I saw on the news where they were teaching "spearing" in HS football, a dangerous practice for both the tackler and the guy being tackled.

33 posted on 06/07/2012 12:38:34 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Abathar

And the attorneys will get the lion’s share.

Let’s see - I hit someone really hard with my helmeted head and my head feels like I’ve been hit with a hammer, and then I keep doing it time after time. Why would that cause me problems?


34 posted on 06/07/2012 12:38:42 PM PDT by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Bushbacker1
Welcome to the new and improved NFL!!


35 posted on 06/07/2012 12:50:55 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Abathar; Paladin2; dfwgator; funfan; circlecity; Venturer; Elderberry; Jaded; USMCPOP; edcoil; ...
COMING NEXT SEASON!


36 posted on 06/07/2012 12:55:20 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: edcoil

We had a former NFL player living next door for about 10 years. First house he bought after leaving the Lions, it was early 90s. He was black. He was very careful with his money, bought a modest house that I expect he paid cash for, worked in banking then dabbled a bit in real estate. I think he is a bank vice president now. The family seemed glad to be “settled” and not doing all the traveling any longer. He did have some nice cars, though.


37 posted on 06/07/2012 12:56:34 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: houeto

LOL! Great minds! I hadn’t reloaded the thread to see your post before I found mine.

I wasn’t shocked to find that NFL sponsors flag. So it’s maybe like a pilot program! Yikes!


38 posted on 06/07/2012 12:59:33 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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So it’s maybe like a pilot program! Yikes!

Yikes inded!

39 posted on 06/07/2012 1:04:13 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Paladin2

Change the whole concept. Play the game with Dwarfs under 100 lbs. ;-)


40 posted on 06/07/2012 1:04:16 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Abathar

Not only did they know the risks and cash the checks, but they were probably also the culprits whose hits caused the injuries to the other complainers that they are standing next to. They should be suing each other.


41 posted on 06/07/2012 1:08:51 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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You mean you can get hurt playing football?!? Wow, I’m shocked! Who knew?


42 posted on 06/07/2012 1:20:45 PM PDT by bgill
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They didn’t know the risks. Most of these guys are in the era when the NFL released their “study” that said there was no long term health problems associated with concussions. They were deliberately lied to, the league will lose this suit.


43 posted on 06/07/2012 1:23:06 PM PDT by discostu (Listen, do you smell something?)
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To: Abathar

I seem to remember Rush saying recently that pro footbal is being targeted or will be targeted for extinction.
I guess Rush was right or did I misinterpret what he said.


44 posted on 06/07/2012 1:31:11 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: NEMDF

We had several out here, most moved to Nevada or Florida due to high state taxes. Funny, we do tend to keep a lot of old baseball players.

People need to keep in mind that there are no W-2’s issued in the NFL. Each player incorporates themselves and it is corporations dealing with corporations. Every player has his manager and accountant, training coach, in a lot of ways because they make so much they caused their own problem.


45 posted on 06/07/2012 1:33:10 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Abathar
After what the NFL did to Rush Limbaugh, denying him a place in the market because he is a conservative, this is my reaction:


46 posted on 06/07/2012 2:00:41 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: dfwgator

Lighter players and less “body armor” are both solved in the LFL - Lingere Football League. Or so I’ve been told....


47 posted on 06/07/2012 2:01:56 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Abathar

You don’t see pro hockey players doing this.

Then again, they also have far, far fewer divas in the NHL.


48 posted on 06/07/2012 2:11:42 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Abathar

Big mistake by the jocks. The only people to make out in class action, are the lawyers.


49 posted on 06/07/2012 2:14:18 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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Big mistake by the jocks. The only people to make out in class action, are the lawyers.


50 posted on 06/07/2012 2:14:21 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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