The NFL wants you to think it actually cares about the health of their players, but it's sounding more and more like they've always just wanted a quick fix so people will forget all about it.
That's NOT what's going to happen, though! The voices out there about proper education, equipment, and care won't be silenced — and they're getting louder! Former players are even calling attention to the forming of a "brain-injury panel" a few years ago. They're calling it a sham.
In court Tuesday, players aiming to sue the league say that the NFL "glorified" violence and profited from damaging hits to the head. They even say that the NFL wanted to suppress the actual dangers as science and study tech caught up to the problem players were facing. One of those ways to suppress it was called the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee in 1994.
One lawyer said this about it:
"It set up a sham committee designed to get information about neurological risks, but in fact spread misinformation."
Awful. And it isn't just a few people who believe this. According to the source:
'About 4,200 of the league's 12,000 former players have joined the litigation. Some are battling dementia, depression or Alzheimer's disease, and fault the league for rushing them back on the field after concussions. Others are worried about developing problems and want their health monitored.'
This is insane!
Yeah, players should common-sense know about how rough the sport is going in. The clubs and the league, however, need to do everything in their power to protect them, ESPECIALLY not encouraging dangerous tactics. The powers also need to be there for the players that suffer these injuries just so they can line their pockets with money!
This case isn't about the end anytime soon, especially with whatever decision gets handed down is expected to be appealed by which ever side is losing.
What a mess!
[Image via AP Images.]