With more than 1,200 former NFL players suing the league for concussions suffered while playing pro football, former Vikings quarterback and ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury is recruiting other players to join the effort.
Salisbury’s email message, a copy of which PFT has obtained, encourages players with symptoms associated with concussions to sue.
“We have all been hearing about the concussion lawsuit vs. the NFL and most of us are having symptoms associated with having concussions/ head trauma such as short term memory loss, headaches, anxiety, mood swings, change in personality, depression, and sleep problems,” Salisbury writes. “If you are having ANY of these side effects, like me, then I urge you to join the suit. There is strength in numbers!”
While there may be strength in numbers, it doesn’t mean that the lawyers or the players who already have sued should foster a “me too” mindset that could be enticing some former players to sign up, regardless of their current health or whether they would have kept on playing even if every currently-known risk associated with playing in the NFL were disclosed during their playing careers.
“If you have not yet become part of the concussion litigation, you can easily join now — You can immediately join the suit with the Locks/Mitnick group who represent over 700 former players, the largest group, by clicking on the following link,” Salisbury writes.
Salisbury then provides a link to a questionnaire that ultimately invites the player to “[a]ccept retainer agreement and become part of lawsuit.” There’s also a link to a fee agreement with the Locks Law Firm, which gives the lawyers 33.33 percent of any recovery and reimburses legal expenses from the client’s share of the recovery rather than the full recovery, which necessarily reduces the amount of money the client receives.
It’s fairly obvious that Salisbury was either instructed or encouraged to help round up more former players in the effort to sue the NFL. And while that may not be an issue in the ultimate litigation, it could cause some in the court of public opinion to take a dim view of the effort.