Former NFL Players File Suit
Seventy five former National Football League players filed suit against the NFL, on negligence, fraud, deceit and failure to warn, among other theories, claiming that the league knew of, but concealed the dangers of concussions for decades. Riddell, “the official helmet maker of the NFL,” is also named as a defendant in the suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Player Allegations Against NFL and Helmet Manufacturer
Among other things, the suit claims, "For decades, defendants have known that multiple blows to the head can lead to long-term brain injury, including memory loss, dementia, depression and (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and its related symptoms."
It further alleges that "When the NFL's Brain Injury Committee anticipated studies that would implicate causal links between concussion and cognitive degeneration it promptly published articles producing contrary findings, although false, distorted and deceiving, as part of the NFL's scheme to deceive Congress, the players and the public at large.”
Essentially, the players allege that the NFL funded bogus studies, stating that concussions were not proven to lead to mental degeneration, and that players could return to the game the same day they suffered a concussion with a doctor’s approval.
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Click here for a more in depth article on the suit.
This suit comes on the heels of the anti-trust lawsuit also filed by NFL players.
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