NFL players take league to court – good luck
April 9, 2013 Leave a comment
Former NFL players are trying to sue the league over concussion-linked injuries argued in court that the NFL “glorified” violence and profited from damaging hits to the head that the players suffered over the years. The players’ lawyer also accused the league of concealing the emerging science about concussions over several decades.
About 4,200 of the league’s 12,000 former players have joined the litigation. Some are battling dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other issues such as depression. They say the league is at fault for rushing them back on the field after concussions. Some have committed suicide with claims the suicide were related to the injuries.
The NFL insisted that teams are chiefly responsible for health and safety under the players’ collective bargaining agreement, along with others. [So you have the players blaming the league who are sort of blaming the teams. Nice.]
The judge is not expected to rule for several months, and the cases will take years to play out if the judge’s ruling is appealed when handed down.
While I think it is a bad situation for the players, you have to wonder about the following:
- Why isn’t the player’s union going after the high schools, colleges and universities? Surely some head related injuries occurred at those places. In fact, professional teams can probably diagnose head injuries better than most schools because they can afford to get better medical help. Some injuries probably started in these schools but got worse when they turned “pro”. Can a high school that can barely function afford to have their player’s checked for a concussion.
- Football [like hockey] is a contact sport. It is very unlikely you can have a full career and not get injured from something. As many players are running at opposing players at high speed, the helmets from both players will eventually meet [if not getting hit when a bunch of players land on a player]. They knew this from the time they started to play football.
- You have the player’s union blaming the league who in turn is blaming the teams. The teams hired medical staff. The medical staff would give the “ok” to play again. But I’m sure many players shouldn’t of played immediately because some of them may still have not been healed completely but played for various reasons [money, like the “rush”, etc.].