70+ Former NFL Players File Lawsuit Against NFL for Withholding Concussion Facts

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Forget the NFL lockout. The NFL could be more of a knockout. the Associated Press reports that “Mark Duper, Ottis Anderson, and 73 other former players sued the National Football League, claiming it concealed information about the danger of concussions for decades. The negligence, fraud, and liability suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Many players’ wives also are plaintiffs.”

The papers these players filed claim that the NFL knew the harmful long-term effects of concussions as long ago as the 1920s. Despite their knowledge, the suit says, the NFL failed to disclose that information to coaches, trainers and the general public until June 2010. According to the Associated Press, “The suit contends that the [Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee] published ‘false, distorted and deceiving’ findings that the risk was minimal in order to deceive Congress, players, and the public. Reportedly, the papers also mention the official NFL helmet maker and supplier — Riddell, and the players are seeking unspecified damages.

Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesperson, released a public statement saying, “We have not seen the complaint but would vigorously contest any claims of this kind.” The Associated Press reports that the “Riddell spokeswoman Laura Moore said the company had not yet reviewed the complaint and its policy was to not comment on pending litigation.”

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.


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