Skip to comments.2,000 Players Sue NFL Over Head Trauma
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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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.
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
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.
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.
I’m afraid your right.
I can’t imagine what the game will be like after the lawyers get through with it.
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.
They are the ones who were out there trying to take each other out.
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.
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?
Turning into the Noncontact Football League?
The problem is proper tackling techniques have been replaced by players trying to make SportsCenter with the big hit.
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!
“Thats what could ultimately wind up killing the game as we know it.”
That’s what lawyers do. Destroy things, inconveniece us, rob us.....
That the media has been so supportive in reporting tells me the DNC, trial lawyers and media are working together on this.
Powder Puff football for boys! That’s what’s coming. So tired of the sissy boys.
Shouldn’t their paychecks go down as the game is rendered safer and less exciting. It may happen anyway.
These players are no shrinking violets. They knew from Pop Warner what they were doing.
It is rare you when you see a good tackle using the arms and a shoulder.
Gotta love unions!
Well maybe not.
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.
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.
You mean his hit on Darryl Stingley?
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.
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.
There is that one for sure. Tatum's head was up, but there certainly wasn't an attempt to wrap the player up.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Change the whole concept. Play the game with Dwarfs under 100 lbs. ;-)
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.
You mean you can get hurt playing football?!? Wow, I’m shocked! Who knew?
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.
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.
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.
Lighter players and less “body armor” are both solved in the LFL - Lingere Football League. Or so I’ve been told....
You don’t see pro hockey players doing this.
Then again, they also have far, far fewer divas in the NHL.
Big mistake by the jocks. The only people to make out in class action, are the lawyers.
Big mistake by the jocks. The only people to make out in class action, are the lawyers.
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