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More than 100 former NFL players have added their names to the growing list of former NFL’ers filing a federal lawsuit in Atlanta claiming that the NFL “repeatedly refuted the connection between concussions and brain injury.”
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson, former Georgia star Lindsey Scott and veteran quarterback Don Majkowski.
They are among more than 1,000 former NFL players suing the league. The cases claim not enough was done to inform players about the true dangers of concussions, and not enough is done to take care of them today with health plans worth around $88,000 annually, a mere drop in the bucket of expenses for some these ex-players.
The suit goes on to declare 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.”
The filing cites recent scientific studies that have found a connection between concussions and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy)- a neurodegenerative disease that results in Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, including memory loss and mood swings.
CTE results only from repeated blows to the head, and can be diagnosed only after death. According to the lawsuit, 12 cases of CTE have been detected in deceased NFL players.
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.”
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