Remember that lawsuit we told you about a while ago?
You know, the one citing the Saints' bounty hunting tactics?
Well, it just got bigger. A lot bigger.
More than 2,000 NFL players have filed against the league in federal court, alleging that the NFL failed to acknowledge and address neurological risks associated with the sport and then deliberately failed to tell players about the risks they faced.
What part of a purely physical sport that you put yourself in harms way all the time doesn't imply the risk, though??
We DO understand the part of the continuing help for those who HAVE suffered trauma, regardless!
Here's what Mary Ann Easterling, widow of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, who committed suicide in April after suffering for years from dementia, said:
“I firmly believe the NFL could have and should have done more to protect Ray. That’s why I am seeking to hold the NFL accountable. Having lived through Ray’s struggle, I desperately hope and pray others can be spared the pain and suffering we have endured – and still endure every day.”
That's so terrible, and we feel so bad for Mary Ann and her loss.
Here's what an NFL spokesperson said:
"Our legal team will review today's filing that is intended to consolidate plaintiffs' existing claims into one "master" complaint. The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league's many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions."
We think the major issue here is when the NFL allows brutal tactics, all for the sake of entertainment.
Especially if that brutal nature is rewarded!
It'll be interesting to see how this turns out!
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