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4 New Players Sue NFL over concussions - cite bounty scandal as evidence of NFL culture

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We knew this was coming. Four more players are now suing the NFL accusing it of neglect regarding concussions.

From the Washington Post:

“There is nothing new or unique about what Gregg Williams said. Although the NFL has now punished Williams and the Saints, for almost its entire history the NFL glorified violent hits,” said the complaint. “It encouraged its players to think of themselves as gladiators. But, along the way, the NFL failed to educate its players about the consequences of such a win-at-all costs mentality.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Myron Guyton, who played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots in the 1980s and 1990s; Lomas Brown, who played for five teams over a 17-year career that ended in 2002; Jessie Small, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phoenix Cardinals and the Houston Oilers between 1989 and 1993; and Willie Whitehead, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints from 1995 to 2006.

Atlanta attorney and NFL agent Von DuBose filed the lawsuit on behalf of the four players and their wives. He said the men suffer from memory loss, headaches, depression and other symptoms characteristic of those with traumatic brain injuries. They are among more than 1,000 former NFL players suing the league, according to lawyers involved. The cases say not enough was done to inform players about the dangers of concussions in the past, and not enough is done to take care of them today.

This is why I said any column taking a side on the bounty issue that doesn’t mention the 1000+ players and their families who are suing the NFL is garbage. I don’t know that the citing the bounty scandal does anything to help a case now…but to allow it to go on would set the NFL up for greater legal action in future. I mean assuming there will be an NFL in the future with all these lawsuits piling up.

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