Four players with concussions in the NFL are suing because the league didn't protect them from getting them — citing specifically how some of the Saints team collected bounties on targeting players with rough hits.
But it's not just that, they're going after the fact that it was just another example in which the league "explicitly relied on violence" and neglected to educate players on the dangers of concussions.
We can see that, absolutely!
The thing is that they're (Myron Guyton, Lomas Brown, Jessie Small and Willie Whitehead) not blaming the bounties for the concussions, just using it as an example.
Here's part of what the complaint says:
"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. 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. This gladiator mentality may have allowed the NFL to generate enormous profits, but it has left its players with serious life-altering injuries, including various degrees of brain damage."
It's true, the sport is violent. But can they really make the argument that players didn't know that when they joined up?
We feel like the most important part of this is acknowledging concussions need continued treatment instead of brushing ex-players off. We hear that even in 2009 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not acknowledge a link between head injuries on the field and brain diseases later in life.
And that's not cool. People can change how they play and still have it be exciting.
Football should not be based hard hits, but rather all the skills those talented men have!
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