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Ear to the Ground

NFL Faces More Lawsuits Over Concussions

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Posted on May 3, 2012
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Jamal Anderson played eight seasons for the Atlanta Falcons.

More than 100 former professional football players Thursday joined the growing list of those who are suing the NFL over concussion-related injuries. They say the league did not do enough to protect them from harm.

Among those involved in the newest lawsuit are former Atlanta Falcons Jamal Anderson and O.J. Santiago and former Green Bay Packer Dorsey Levens. More than 1,500 other ex-NFL players have filed similar suits against the league.

CNN:

The latest lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by attorney Mike McGlamry, states that the NFL “repeatedly refuted the connection between concussions and brain injury.”

It goes on to assert that the organization failed “to take reasonable steps necessary to protect players from devastating head injuries. Moreover, the NFL has downplayed and misrepresented the issues and misled players concerning the risks associated with concussions.”

Regarding these claims, the NFL has repeatedly stated that player safety is a priority. The NFL has said that “any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit.”

Similar suits against the NFL have already been consolidated for trial in Philadelphia, but a trial date has not been set.

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The new lawsuit comes one day after NFL legend Junior Seau killed himself. His death, along with the recent suicides of former NFL players Ray Easterling and Dave Duerson, has led to speculation over whether brain-related injuries the men suffered during their playing days could be to blame. — TEB

MSNBC:

The police have yet to determine whether the 43-year-old linebacker did, in fact, commit suicide. But because his death follows so closely on the heels of two high-profile suicides in former NFL defensive backs, many are wondering if the concussions Seau sustained during his 20 years as a hard-hitting star, known mostly for his stint with the San Diego Chargers, including the 1994 Super Bowl team, were implicated in his death.

In February 2011, former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson committed suicide at age 50, choosing to shoot himself in the chest so that scientists could look for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease linked to head blows that can culminate in dementia and other symptoms. And just last month, former Atlanta Falcon Ray Easterling, who had sued the NFL for mismanaging players’ concussions, shot and killed himself at age 62.

Experts interviewed by msnbc.com were mixed in their opinions on whether Seau’s concussions could have led to his apparent suicide. All agreed that there should be more research on the impact of head injuries on the risk for depression and suicide.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 4, 2012 at 2:10 am Link to this comment

The Gladiator culture may be coming to an inglorious
and deserved end, as it consumes itself.
I wonder what will be the next blood-sport?
The Hunger Games?

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By afs, May 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

I was living in N. San Diego Co. the year the Junior Seau and the Chargers got to the Super Bowl. 8 of those players on the Chargers Super Bowl team are now dead.

I met a met a few of the Chargers players at the big blood drive the team runs ever year. Two of the guys I met, Shawn Lee and Chris Mimms are dead. That’s crazy. That was just the mid 90’s.

I wouldn’t allow another NFL/NCAA game to be played until they the yellow/red card from soccer are added to American Football. Red card for players/teams caught spearing and head-on-head collision. Player ejected AND the team plays one man short the rest of the game. Make the cost of teams playing dirty too high.

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By mrfreeze, May 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment

My dear friends here on TD, is it me or has the whole f**king world gone bloody mad? 1 in 4 American families are facing incredibly difficult financial times, our country is becoming a banana republic, our schools are failing, our government is under attack, the poor are under attack, women are under attack, 6 of the 7 billion people on earth are poor and the Media wants us to know that wealthy mesomorphs, who willingly bash themselves into each other are suing their industry because they’ve been injured?????????????????????????

I ask again is it me or am I justified in not giving a flying f**k about these guys? You know, it’s been a long week and I simply cannot believe how utterly crazy our world has become.

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By PatrickHenry, May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

Millionaires sueing other millionaires over getting hurt in a full contact sport.

Now the millionaire lawyers will be fighting other millionaire lawyers over what money they can get out of the millionaire owners.

Insanity.

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