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More former players join concussion suits

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On one hand, if the NFL at some point knew or should have known about the long-term consequences of concussions and failed to share the information with the players or to take steps aimed at protecting players, the league faces liability to former players who truly are suffering those long-term consequences, either via the court system or the procedures set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  On the other hand, to the extent that former players are jumping on the barristers’ bandwagon and crying “me, too” when they have no real injuries, then they’re no different than any of the many folks who abuse the legal process for personal gain.

At this point, it’s impossible to determine the valid claims from the bogus.  Either way, the lawsuits are pouring into the clerk’s office, with another one filed Friday containing the names of some recognizable talent from yesteryear.

Per the Associated Press, the latest civil complaint names among roughly 70 new plaintiffs former Dolphins defensive end A.J. Duhe, former Cowboys receiver Golden Richards (pictured), former Seahawks running back Curt Warner, and former Redskins kicker Chip Lohmiller.

Most of the cases have been consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia.  The NFL has argued that the claims should be resolved via the CBA’s arbitration protocol, which would allow the NFL to avoid a jury of average citizens who could be influenced more by sympathy for the former players than the precise application of the rule of law.

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45 Responses to “More former players join concussion suits”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 31, 2012 2:01 PM

    Hey everybody … free money … free money !!!!!

  2. backindasaddle says: Mar 31, 2012 2:08 PM

    Sure!…..let’s get everybody on the Gravy Train!

  3. underrated49ers says: Mar 31, 2012 2:09 PM

    You don’t need to have had a concussion to not remember any of these guys.

  4. phillyphan72 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:10 PM

    A kicker???Please..

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 31, 2012 2:21 PM

    On one hand, NFL really underpays its players, on the other hand, this is just silly.

  6. jerlee7 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:24 PM

    A kicker? Seriously?

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 31, 2012 2:30 PM

    It’s taken some of the guys a long time to get on board. Their reaction time has slowed to a crawl.

  8. dvdman123 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:36 PM

    Why do I have the feeling these lawsuits will all be thrown out? I mean really these guys were playing football and not chess. What a joke.

  9. usuallysneeringatyou says: Mar 31, 2012 2:42 PM

    Danger! Danger! Personal injury lawyer at work, spreading his principles amongst us poor sports schmucks.
    Beware – personal injury lawyer, preaching! Personal injury lawyer, preaching!

  10. fcrraptor720 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:43 PM

    A kicker?! Hmm I can’t seem to follow…oh wait, it must be all those missed opportunities to look like a hero
    And stop the game winning kick off return Fails and smack that hard turf.. Ground 1 kicker 0

  11. randomjim says: Mar 31, 2012 2:48 PM

    If it drags out in court long enough the plaintiffs will forget why they are there.

  12. tommytd says: Mar 31, 2012 2:50 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to better person. I hope they make Godell’s life miserable over this. The NFL is nothing without its talented athletes. If the league withheld data on the effects of concussions shame on them and I hope the players union takes ‘em for every dollar they can get

  13. slickzmoney says: Mar 31, 2012 2:51 PM

    If the illegal cap penalties placed on the Redskins and Cowboys by Giants owner Mara are allowed to stand then I cant help hoping the NFL is eventually crippled by these lawsuits.

  14. xtutx says: Mar 31, 2012 2:55 PM

    I’m suing my high school, it’s not like concussions are dolled out there.

    This is also why the NFLPA doesn’t want anyone penalized for the bounties. They could then sue the NFL over not taking action. I see what they are doing there.

    The problem the NFL has is they talk too much publically about all these things that can lead to lawsuits. You are giving the NFLPA ideas, brainwashing them into it! Hello?

  15. hedleykow says: Mar 31, 2012 3:35 PM

    It’s not like any of them would have been spelling bee champions one way or another. No harm no foul is how any fair jury will see it.

  16. glowingstone says: Mar 31, 2012 3:42 PM

    So on one hand, you have guys suing the NFL because the league didn’t tell them they could actually get hurt playing this game. Then on the other hand, you have guys collecting bounty money for hard, injury-causing hits on other players. Excuse me if I’m less than sympathetic.

  17. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    This is shameful, its like saying ” I’m out of money!”

  18. badgerbob says: Mar 31, 2012 3:47 PM

    A kicker?? Did he get kicks to the hard or something?

  19. badgerbob says: Mar 31, 2012 3:52 PM

    Whoops…meant kicks to the head…LOL…sorry :)

  20. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 31, 2012 4:05 PM

    Goodell has brought this on himself with all his player safety crap that he preaches, turning the sport into flag football. The players have every right to sue and I hope they win and take millions from the NFL….player safety wasn’t taken into much consideration last century and now, thanks to that turd Roger Goodell, it has been blown way out of proportion.

    I work in the oilfields and am very well paid because we get what is called danger pay to do our job…but I’ll tell you one thing, it ain’t millions of dollars anually. Goodell needs to realize that these guys are in peak physical condition and are very well compensated for risking their bodies every for months of the year. If they don’t like it, they could always retire and come to work a real job in the oil patch, were busy andhiring right now!! Come on out T.O.!!

  21. ejmat2 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:43 PM

    But wait, haven’t the bounties been going on forever? Shouldn’t it be okay? That’s what the Saints are saying.

  22. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 4:46 PM

    What better way to win the hearts and minds of the Public (Concussion Issue) than to show the players as being reckless and having disregard for their own safety? If Sean Payton and the Saints organization view themselves as the “sacrificial lamb”, then now I understand them taking this new “Appeal” course of action! De Smith (NFLPA) may be thinking along the same lines? Limit liability! This chess match just got even more interesting??? Who’s move is it?

  23. rightwingguy says: Mar 31, 2012 4:56 PM

    Really? Giant men hitting each other in the head at full force and you didn’t think you might have lasting effects? Talk about stupidity.

  24. rightwingguy says: Mar 31, 2012 4:56 PM

    Really? Giant men hitting each other in the head at full force and you didn’t think it might have lasting effects? Talk about stupidity.

  25. mjkelly77 says: Mar 31, 2012 5:04 PM

    They’ll all be looking for a handout.

  26. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 31, 2012 5:18 PM

    Didn’t George W. Bush once fall out of his chair and hit his head while gagging on a pretzel watching an NFL game? If so, can he join the concussion suit?

  27. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 5:25 PM

    Some may be looking for a hand-out while others are in need of real medical attention? Is that so hard to understand? You will obviously get stragglers in any “class action” suit. That does not minimize the validity of the suit?

  28. yojoemama says: Mar 31, 2012 5:32 PM

    Most of these on the suit are ones looking for another source of income.

  29. judsonjr says: Mar 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    Chip Lohmiller? Let’s see he isn’t getting hit on XP or FG.

    He had about 400 career kickoffs, 90 or so touchbacks. So how many hard hits did he take in his career? 10 or 15?

    Golden Richards? His brain problems could well come from being an alcoholic and ODing on codeine in his playing days. If he played in today’s NFL he’d probably be suspended indefinitely.

    This whole thing is a joke, it’s basically the class action equivalent of ambulance chasing.

  30. thegonz13 says: Mar 31, 2012 5:43 PM

    A KICKER is joigning a lawsuit for concussions? A KICKER??????

  31. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 6:04 PM

    A Joke? Obviously you all have not been paying attention. Tell that to players like former Patriot and Eagle player, Kevin Turner? Google Gay Culverhouse and read her testimony to a Senate Subcommittee on the former player issues! I can give you a number of web sites for substantiating info on these issues!

  32. thcnote says: Mar 31, 2012 6:18 PM

    Getting hit in the head is not good for you. And in other news coffee is HOT!

  33. meytonpanning says: Mar 31, 2012 6:51 PM

    I don’t understand; don’t complain about a head injury if you play a physical sport that requires a helmet and padding.

    You reap what you sow.

  34. jg725 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:12 PM

    slickzmoney says:Mar 31, 2012 2:51 PM

    “If the illegal cap penalties placed on the Redskins and Cowboys by Giants owner Mara are allowed to stand then I cant help hoping the NFL is eventually crippled by these lawsuits.”

    Moron – giants owner , mara – didn’t make the decision – he just agreed with it.
    Really – at least have a clue as to what is going on before you comment on it………

  35. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 7:35 PM

    The issue is the NFL withholding of information pertaining to concussions! All of the data should have been disclosed and then if a player chooses to continue to play, the liability is on them? Maybe they sign a waiver…maybe they don’t but they should have been given the pertinent information? Several of the complaints are “fraud” complaints as opposed to personal injury claims! We now know, and they knew, there is no such thing as a dinger or mild concussion! Someone may be asymptomatic until later in life. “DISCLOSURE” Concussion=Concussion

  36. mjkelly77 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:46 PM

    andyreiddoublecheeseburger says:Mar 31, 2012 5:18 PM

    Didn’t George W. Bush once fall out of his chair and hit his head while gagging on a pretzel watching an NFL game? If so, can he join the concussion suit?
    _________________

    No, unfortunately he can’t. He was stupid to start with.

  37. mjkelly77 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:50 PM

    irongrid says:Mar 31, 2012 5:25 PM

    Some may be looking for a hand-out while others are in need of real medical attention? Is that so hard to understand? You will obviously get stragglers in any “class action” suit. That does not minimize the validity of the suit?
    __________________

    Both the NFL and NFLPA need to set up a fund which pays for medical coverage for all of the ex-players. They should all have medical insurance. You know, like Obama wants for every American. It’s like Medicare for those under 65.

  38. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 7:58 PM

    glowingstone
    Mar 31, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    “So on one hand, you have guys suing the NFL because the league didn’t tell them they could actually get hurt playing this game. Then on the other hand, you have guys collecting bounty money for hard, injury-causing hits on other players. Excuse me if I’m less than sympathetic.”

    Glowingstone….I am telling you if the league had concussion information pertaining to short and longterm effects of head injuries they were obligated to share the information. I would think it to be ethically, and morally right if not legally bound? There is more data available concerning shortened life spans? Don’t think for a moment as sophisticated as the NFL is that they don’t have “Actuary Table Data” as well? The timing of this “Bounty Gate” release of information is really suspect? If proven the players initiated this then they deserve the same punishment as coaches! If this is a ploy by the league as it prepares for concussion litigation then we have disingenuous motives. Not asking for sympathy from you or anyone else. Just the truth?

  39. seanb20124 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:27 PM

    How long till the NCAA / HS get sued

  40. kidder95 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:46 PM

    This is a lose-lose for everyone.

    If the former players win their suit, the NFL will be bankrupted. Nobody gets any money.

    If they don’t win, former players with real needs will be abandoned.

    Talk to us folks here in tobacco road. These kinds of lawsuits kill industries.

    Stupid, lazy people are annoying.

  41. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 9:52 PM

    mjkelly77 Yes, they both should have taken care of many of these issues in the CBA? Either the League and Players Association figure out the mess now or the spill over effect will escalate down to college and high school! To some degree, it has already started? No one will win in the court room scenario but the Lawyers (30 to 40 percent fee)! NFL will end up settling and funding studies which they already know the results? They will hopefully expand monitoring and medical cost, all the while risking the most profitable sports/entertainment enterprise in the world. (Pigs get Fat, Hogs get slaughtered). 10 billion in revenue should allow enough profit to fund these important initiatives? If not, then the public will continue paying the medical bills (uninsured/emergency cost). Are you okay with this publicly-subsidized option? In my opinion, its not worth the bet, but we do love our football and if we just burry our heads in the sand the medical/concussion issues will just disappear!

  42. irongrid says: Mar 31, 2012 10:14 PM

    irongrid says:Mar 31, 2012 5:25 PM
    __________________

    Both the NFL and NFLPA need to set up a fund which pays for medical coverage for all of the ex-players. They should all have medical insurance. You know, like Obama wants for every American. It’s like Medicare for those under 65.
    —————————————-
    No..it’s like medical insurance and benefits available to retired MLB and NBA Players? Obama has nothing to do with this issue! Try again!!

  43. texans87 says: Apr 1, 2012 3:18 PM

    I played high school ball I think I have concussion syndrome too, can I join the lawsuit the NFL should have told college and high schools their findings. Js maybe everyone that ever put on a football uniform should jump on the band wagon.

  44. irongrid says: Apr 2, 2012 12:06 AM

    @texans87

    Yes the league should have shared the medical data. If your Mommy and you after reviewing the info decided it was okay, then yes you could play. Many Parents are taking a more well informed view in light of new findings? No you can’t join the legal complaint!

  45. texans87 says: Apr 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    @irongrid
    Sarcasm. I was only pointing out everyones out for money, since there is no way to prove you don’t have focussing syndrome. Kind of like PTSD

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