As the concern over the long-term effect of concussions in football grows, the NFL will soon have to deal with a massive lawsuit collectively filed by more than 2,000 former players.There are around 100 concussion-related lawsuits currently levied against the NFL, but the players are consolidating their lawsuits into a “master complaint,” according to Los Angeles Times.
Lawyers of the players are suing because of their belief that the NFL “deliberately and fraudulently concealed from its players the link between football-related head impacts and long-term neurological injuries.“
The master complaint was filed in court this morning, with lawyers for the plaintiffs accusing the NFL of promoting and glorifying violence on the field while ignoring long-term health risks, according to an ESPN report.
“The NFL, like the sport of boxing, was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows producing sub-concussive and concussive results…. Despite its knowledge and controlling role in governing player conduct on and off the field, the NFL turned a blind eye to the risk and failed to warn and/or impose safety regulations governing this well-recognised health and safety problem.”
In a separate press conference set up by the plaintiffs, the wife of a former Atlanta Falcon who committed suicide this past April, Mary Easterling, had some chilling words for the NFL.
“I wish I could sit down with (NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell) and share with him [Ray Easterling’s] pain. It’s not just the spouses, it’s the kids, too…. Kids don’t understand why Dad is angry all the time.”
Easterling suffered from insomnia and depression after his NFL career was over.
The NFL, however, doesn’t seem too worried about the lawsuit.
“The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.”
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