This is incredibly brave!
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Over the past couple of years concussions have been a HUGE issue in the National Football League, and literally thousands of players have filed lawsuits claiming the league failed to recognize the long-term neurological damage former players are suffering from.
Just yesterday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody spoke out about the settlement and says she has a hard time believing that all players will be covered financially as a result of this deal:
"I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their related claimants will be paid… it is difficult to see how the Monetary Award Fund would have the funds available over its lifespan to pay all claimants."
Another group that has been very vocal about the issue is wives of NFL players who have watched their husbands' mental states deteriorate in the years following retirement.
A few wives recently spoke out about Judge Anita Brody's support, including Tia McNeill, whose husband Fred now has a hard time recognizing his old friends.
"This has impacted more people than we can possibly imagine. It appears that Judge Brody understands this. She’s stating that she’s really paying attention to the details of this and that the class is potentially bigger than what was originally thought it could be."
The amount of former NFL players who are showing symptoms of neurological damage over the years has been staggering, and it appears throwing money at them isn't the best solution right now.
Unless the league makes a clear effort to prevent any further head injuries in the league RIGHT NOW, the numbers will just continue to grow.