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Mark Chmura, Rocket Ismail among 28 new concussion plaintiffs

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The latest concussion lawsuit against the NFL has been filed by a guy who likely knows more than he care to about the legal system.

Former Packers tight end Mark Chmura, who stood trial for rape in 2001, is the lead plaintiff in a 28-player complaint filed Thursday in Philadelphia by Gene Locks of the Locks Law Firm.  The complaint is available at NFLConcussionLitigation.com.

The other big name from the latest crop of players-turned-plaintiffs belongs to Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, a star at Notre Dame who shocked the NFL by opting to start his pro career in Canada, and who eventually had a 10-year career with the Raiders, Panthers, and Cowboys — twice generating more than 1,000 receiving yards.

The other former players are Eric Bassey, Fakhir Brown, Ed Budde, Albert Carmichael, Eugene Ceppetelli, Jeff Christy, Glen Collins, Dave D’Addio, Chad Eaton, Lawrence Estes, Solomon Freelon, Keith Griffin, Paul Gruber, James Lamont Hall, Michael Harden, Dana Howard, Kenard Lang, Theodore McKnight, Jason Phillips, Glenn Ressler, Donald Rives, Roy Shivers, Sidney Thornton, Philip Vandersea, Edward Lee West III, and Michael C. Williams.

The latest lawsuit pushes the total number of former players suing the NFL for concussions above 1,200.

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41 Responses to “Mark Chmura, Rocket Ismail among 28 new concussion plaintiffs”
  1. paulieorkid says: Apr 21, 2012 9:03 AM

    There’s a side to me wondering if the NFL’s rather recent attempt to “crack down” on hits to the head area, Bountygate, the rhetoric, etc. – have only encouraged lawsuits — which is the exact opposite of what such policies were intended to serve.

    Just seems like generations of former players who previously lived with their battle scars – now detect the smell of blood in the water, and are signing up to become an ever-growing body of Plaintiffs.

  2. dumplingsrbrown says: Apr 21, 2012 9:04 AM

    And in a surprise announcement it was also just determined that smoking may be negative to your health!!!

  3. cali49er707 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:05 AM

    CHEWY!!!!

  4. Gordon says: Apr 21, 2012 9:06 AM

    Chmura is just looking for an excuse for his rape case.

  5. steelerhypocrite says: Apr 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    I wonder if the young girl who “Chewie” raped is going to collect any money. Can you imagine if the sheep could talk in GB??

  6. fletcher08 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:09 AM

    Funny how everyone is dying just to get an nfl contract in the beginning and then later they act like they had no idea what the risks were . Concussions have been around forever. The players seem to forget why they are making all that money. A power lineman doesn’t sue if he gets burned because he understands the risk of the job. Maybe the players should have a 24k job out of college and then they may realize how lucky they are?

  7. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 21, 2012 9:10 AM

    so THAT’S why Chewie poked that underaged chick!

  8. paulieorkid says: Apr 21, 2012 9:11 AM

    Two questions for the former NFL players suing the NFL:

    (1) During your playing days, did you or did you not realize that football put you at risk for both short and long term injury?

    (2) Did you then willingly sign one or morn NFL contracts agreeing to provide your services playing football?

    The NFL should definitely do more for those former players with legitimate claims. No question. But the League should not be the source of a money grab for every Tom, Dick and Harry who sees a big payday if they opt-in.

  9. lordfontleroy says: Apr 21, 2012 9:20 AM

    These concussion lawsuits are a load of crap – these NFL players, who have all got degrees from university, didn’t realise that playing football and banging heads could lead to concussions ?
    They were doing it for the money back then and are trying to get a few more dollars out of it now.

  10. pak1forgb says: Apr 21, 2012 9:23 AM

    Oh yeah, uh me too got concussion that why me so dumb and rapey. What a couple of jags just piling on with their hands out. It is a disgrace to the guys whom actually have problems caused by concussions.

  11. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 21, 2012 9:27 AM

    I have to say, all these players joining these lawsuits remind me of people who willingly smoked all their lives, and then sue the tobacco companies to get into their deep pockets.

    These players knew they weren’t playing tiddly-winks. No one put a gun to their heads to play a very violent contact sport, and they made the decision to do so in order to make more money than they likely would as an average “working Joe”.

  12. mas151 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:30 AM

    For Churma, does slipping and hitting your head getting out of the hot tub count?

  13. bigjd says: Apr 21, 2012 9:31 AM

    Why don’t they just include every player that ever played in the NFL.

  14. bpfpft says: Apr 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    Choo-choo….the gravy train keeps rolling along. They have nothing to lose by adding their names to the list. One of the problems big companies like the NFL have when they get sued. If it was loser pays then we all know that lawyers wouldn’t be successful with their recruitment efforts.

  15. linemanguy74 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:40 AM

    So that is why he went swimming with his baby sitter,it had to be the concussion !!!!!

  16. briggsisbrokeagain says: Apr 21, 2012 9:41 AM

    How long before this case gets resolved? When I think of the lawsuits vs big tabacco that made a jerk like Peter Angelos a billionaire this makes me want to puke.

  17. youngs79 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:42 AM

    Chmura must have hit his head while bangin the babysitter.

  18. christopher525 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    So that’s why Chmura was having hot tub rape parties with.minors, eh?

  19. capitalj23 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:44 AM

    Shouldn’t Chmura be locked up for raping his babysitter? Can’t blame a concussion for that.

  20. jtmartinez34 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:46 AM

    Will we look back on 2012 as the year where litigation ignited the end of football as we know it? I don’t think fans understand the implication of this. When either side wins, we all will lose. Pandora’s box has been opened by litigation. Seemingly endlessly deep pockets will be attacked for every conceivable injury? New rules to over protect and minimize violent collisions will forever change the way the game is played and concerned parents will have their children play safer and less violent sports, diluting the talent pool. These 1200 players, representing a fraction of the historical football population, are contributing to football doomsday. Sad.

  21. kingfish4242 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:51 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    Apr 21, 2012 9:27 AM
    I have to say, all these players joining these lawsuits remind me of people who willingly smoked all their lives, and then sue the tobacco companies to get into their deep pockets.

    ===================================

    Perfect analogy.

  22. The Prophet says: Apr 21, 2012 9:54 AM

    If they really want high-profile names they need to get Troy Aikman and Steve Young who both ended their careers earlier due to multiple concussions. I’m afraid they are set for money so they probabaly won’t, but if they wanted to help the countless others they should join the team…

  23. mjkelly77 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:54 AM

    Note to current players … Pay me now AND pay me later. These lawsuits are ridiculous. I’m hoping that they’re all dismissed without foundation.

    What the NFL needs now is a better medical plan cofunded by the NFL and NFLPA. Begin to take out a percentage of current players’ money
    matched by the teams. Then there won’t be any bling-wearing, teeth-grilled ex-players from the 70’s walking around in shoes with goldfish in the high heels bumming cigarettes and spare change on every corner.

  24. jenniferxxx says: Apr 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    Free money … c’mon everyone … free money.

  25. bleed4philly says: Apr 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    The NFL is done, now we’ll never win a superbowl. Fml

  26. djstat says: Apr 21, 2012 10:22 AM

    I am curious to see the financial records of all these clowns suing the NFL. Notice guys like Steve Young and Troy Aikman who actually had careers ended by concussions are not suing?

    I am willing to be 80% of these guys are broke or have little money or basically wasted the millions many of them made. Whats next? A lawsuit because the NFL knew ACL tears were a serious injury?

    When will a judge do the right thing and throw these players out of the court room with yesterdays trash

  27. beeronthefridge says: Apr 21, 2012 10:23 AM

    After chmura, ryan leaf is next!

  28. mjkelly77 says: Apr 21, 2012 10:23 AM

    Wow. Some of the names here. What, the guy took two hits during one game in his career? I suppose a lifetime of hits during pee wee, grade school, high school and college football didn’t do anything. Or is it just that the NFL has all the money?

  29. billsfan1 says: Apr 21, 2012 10:27 AM

    in a related note, Ismail is also suing the NCAA for allowing Ty Detmer to win the Heisman trophy, thereby forcing him to exile up to Canada due to the public humiliation of him not being the winner. I believe he also claimed that by mentioning Detmer as the Heisman winner that his name was slandered with fans everywhere. This will now set of a chain of events in which every player who ever played college football will join the litigation in not being voted Heisman trophy winner.

  30. xtutx says: Apr 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    paulieorkid (OP)

    That is exactly right. The NFL is right concerning themselves but it should have all been kept in-house, never publically field questions, just keep data and details if ever needed.

    Everytime it’s talked about it is publicity to sue.

    The NFL can make you rich, but I also have seen a lot of players leave with regret and anger and we’ll that leads them here. They didn’t just lose a $10 an hour job.

    This to me has been Goodell’s biggest flaw and one which he seriously could be reviewed and canned over. The part about fines and suspensions gets most fans in a tizzy, he to powerful! This is the thing that can cost 100’s of millions and is a good leason for us out here, DON’T ADVERTISE YOUR FLAWS, DON’T FIELD QUESTIONS ON YOUR FLAWS!

    Serious, serious mistake they made.

  31. thejuddstir says: Apr 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    Come on, lay off Chewie……it was the rape that earned him entry into the Packer Hall of Fame (Shame)…..he proved to the packers that “he wuz da man, “…..Chewie better hope he doesn’t have to ever testify in his “concussion case” as the evidence may prove that he probably suffered his concussion in the heat of the moment while doin’ that minor….hit his head on the edge of the hot tub.

  32. ljl2 says: Apr 21, 2012 12:15 PM

    I feel as if people are acting like the players are stupid and didn’t realize there were risks. The issue of personal risk isn’t what is being fought over, it is the question of what the NFL’s research showed and when. If the NFL knew the extent of long term effects and did not inform the players or implant protections, they are liable for puttin the players in further jeopardy by omission of facts from players.

  33. dkeyser says: Apr 21, 2012 12:22 PM

    What the NFL needs to do is have EVERY rookie coming into the league, starting with this years crop, sign a written agreement saying that they all KNOW AND UNDERSTAND the risks they are taking playing professional football. That agreement should include concussions and any other injury that could happen in the field of play. If the player does not agree and sign the contract then he will not be allowed to play in the NFL. They can go play in the CFL and sue them. Also the NFL should re-work the IR policy to where if a player suffers a concussion they should be put on the new IR. Lets say for arguements sake its a 6 week IR. Any player who suffers a concussion will be placed on the 6 week IR, no player who gets a concussion can play for that 6 weeks and must be cleared by at least 2 independant doctors before retaking the field..

  34. ddmcd1974 says: Apr 21, 2012 3:19 PM

    Will they be suing their college too? How can they determine that the actual starting point of a concussion. I mean you take hits in high school n college. Dont tell me the hits are harder because when you 13 14 and the 18 yr old senior is lighting you up it has an effect. Same in College. It’s all relative to size and age.

  35. dumplingsrbrown says: Apr 21, 2012 4:00 PM

    Concussions didn’t really exist until they played in the league with the deep pockets….?

    Betting that ALL future contracts will have concussion/injury waivers written in.

  36. imaduffer says: Apr 21, 2012 4:04 PM

    Aren’t you required to read the warning tag on the back of the helmet before you put it on?

  37. hatesycophants says: Apr 21, 2012 6:19 PM

    She was 17, rapist.
    Packers fans are among the worst.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  38. claymath52 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:15 PM

    steelerhypocrite says:Apr 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    I wonder if the young girl who “Chewie” raped is going to collect any money. Can you imagine if the sheep could talk in GB??

    __________________________________

    Rape Count

    Chewy: 1
    Rothlisberger: 2

  39. joetoronto says: Apr 22, 2012 7:17 AM

    kingfish4242 says: Apr 21, 2012 9:51 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    Apr 21, 2012 9:27 AM
    I have to say, all these players joining these lawsuits remind me of people who willingly smoked all their lives, and then sue the tobacco companies to get into their deep pockets.

    ===================================

    Perfect analogy.
    ************************************************
    Ya, not so perfect.

    Back in the day, there was no mention of it being bad for you, none at all.

    As a matter of fact, it was commercial after commercial, basically telling you that if you didn’t smoke, you weren’t cool.

  40. andrewklepp says: Apr 23, 2012 12:33 PM

    Bunch of well heeled fan feedback here.
    Any of you have loved ones suffering from dementia or CTE resulting from concussions???

    Maybe all of you never realized or understood how the NFL conducted it’s concussion tests or allowed players to just go back into games without telling them they are risking permanent brian damage.
    How about up until 2002 assured players there was no evidence of potential brian damage amongst players as the results of concussions??
    Yet you sit there and complain about how much money and fame these guys have, pathetic, all of you.
    How many more guys need to turn a gun on themselves to prove the point? You think all these guys were just ambulance chasing and have their hands out for the NFL’s billions???

    It amazes me how cynical and naive fans are when it comes to not knowing or caring for another player/humans health. What if it was your son or father that decided it was better to blow his head off then live with the effects of brain damage caused by the NFL not properly educating and warning players of the REAL risks of playing with concussions. Players don’t have medical degrees. They trust their trainers and doctors. let me ask you fans this, when your doctor tells you not to drink anymore more to have less drinks because you’re going to die of liver failure at an early age, do you listen or say hell with it, i want to have a good time and leave this earth and my family much earlier than I should have. Oh wait the players are just looking for a money grab not to be takern care of properly or given the aid they need for their family once all their vital organs start failing.
    Shame on you uneducated, heartless, morons.

  41. jgedgar70 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    ljl2 says:
    Apr 21, 2012 12:15 PM
    I feel as if people are acting like the players are stupid and didn’t realize there were risks. The issue of personal risk isn’t what is being fought over, it is the question of what the NFL’s research showed and when. If the NFL knew the extent of long term effects and did not inform the players or implant protections, they are liable for puttin the players in further jeopardy by omission of facts from players.
    ______

    Well said. When you have a player whose team doctor told the head coach, “he had a concussion, but it cleared by halftime,” you can quickly mount a case that the NFL knew more about the risk than players did and that knowledge was withheld (I can’t imagine a real doctor believing a concussion clears in a matter of minutes).

    On the other hand, it would be silly to not see that there are some players who are viewing this as a shot at a quick payday. We can thank the McDonald’s coffee lady for that; there appears to be no such thing as a “frivilous” lawsuit anymore. But if the list of plaintiffs gets much longer, no one’s going to get much of anything even if the players win.

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