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Hargrove hasn’t dismissed his concussion lawsuit, yet

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Before quarterback Pat White joined the Redskins, he ditched a lawsuit claiming permanent injuries from concussions suffered during his one year with the Dolphins.

Apparently, “permanent” no longer means what it used to.

Seeing White’s audacity and raising it, defensive end Anthony Hargrove will sign a contract with the Cowboys – possibly without dropping his lawsuit.

Per a league spokesman, Hargrove had not dismissed his lawsuit as of 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Hargrove claimed in the civil action filed last month that he “has suffered and continues to suffer from permanent injuries including, but not limited to, severe headaches, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem.”

To summarize, playing pro football has caused many serious neurological injuries for Hargrove.  And now that someone wants him to play pro football, none of that matters.

Though we supported Hargrove during his bounty fight with the league, maneuvers like this cheapen the concussion litigation process and undermine the claims made by players who may have been seriously injured due to the NFL’s alleged failure to warn them or the risks, or due to the NFL’s failure to reasonably protect them.

The approach by players like White and Hargrove continues to perpetuate the idea that players who aren’t genuinely injured or whose rights weren’t actually violated see this not as a path to justice but as a way to supplement whatever income they earned while playing football.

In other words, Hargrove finally is saying “give me my money,” but in a very different context.

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18 Responses to “Hargrove hasn’t dismissed his concussion lawsuit, yet”
  1. explosionsauce says: May 16, 2013 7:08 PM

    Defense attorney fodder.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: May 16, 2013 7:12 PM

    Hargrove claimed in the civil action filed last month that he “has suffered and continues to suffer from permanent injuries including, but not limited to, severe headaches, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem.”

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    Maybe he forgot he brought a lawsuit and when he tries to remember, he gets headaches which causes him to be depressed because he can’t think.

  3. cwwgk says: May 16, 2013 7:13 PM

    The man certainly has no problem attesting to whatever he feels necessary to further his wants. The truth appears irrelevant and unnecessary to Mr. Hargrove.

    There couldn’t have been a pay for injury program. Anthony Hargrove put in writing it didn’t exist.

  4. s1138 says: May 16, 2013 7:25 PM

    Apparently no matter how many millions these guys have made over the years, it is just never enough, and they will do whatever they can to keep the money coming in. Right, wrong, or indifferent.

  5. sherlock30 says: May 16, 2013 7:32 PM

    It’s guys like this we will have to thank for not having the NFL by the year 2020. Greedy moron!

  6. justintuckrule says: May 16, 2013 7:35 PM

    Hargrove claimed in the civil action filed last month that he “has suffered and continues to suffer from permanent injuries including, but not limited to, severe headaches, …., depression, ….., mental anguish and diminished self-esteem.”
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    That’s not concussion syndrome. That’s Tonyromo-osis. Congrats, you’re in the right place.

  7. evilbilly3 says: May 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    I just wish you guys wouldn’t portray him in a Saints uniform. As a fan I have been through enough. Didn’t he play for other teams since then?

  8. bobzilla1001 says: May 16, 2013 8:01 PM

    When are the bleeding-hearted liberals going to realize that these guys are scammers?
    Forgetting where you put your car keys is called “getting older.”
    I’m just glad that some of these frauds are being exposed via their willingness and desire to PLAY MORE FOOTBALL.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 16, 2013 8:10 PM

    At this point, players should be required to waive their right to sue the NFL or they can’t play.

  10. hpeters77 says: May 16, 2013 8:18 PM

    He played for the eagles since the saints

  11. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 16, 2013 8:35 PM

    1. Pretty much every NFL player has some sort of permanent injury. This incudes Hargrove.

    2. The players contend that the owners committed fraud and were willfully negligent. Anthony Hargrove signing with a team doesn’t make that all magically go away.

  12. sloiggles says: May 16, 2013 9:07 PM

    If all of these cases have in essence been merged into one class-action lawsuit, then shouldn’t the defense attorneys for the NFL have an easier time getting the lawsuit thrown out based on people like Hargrove and Pat White who essentially admit to having only a financial interest rather than a health interest?

    While it’s sad for the players that laid the foundation for the NFL to be suffering from the various ailments and injuries, each and every player that has ever put on cleats knows and is fully aware of the inherent risks taken playing football. That isn’t to diminish the argument, but complete blame can’t be placed on the NFL when players admit they’re suffering concussion like symptoms, memory loss, and chronic pain and then turn around and sign a new contract to keep playing football.

  13. abninf says: May 16, 2013 10:25 PM

    I don’t want this clown on my team. Hopefully someone burns the contract.

  14. evilbilly3 says: May 16, 2013 11:09 PM

    hpeters77 says:
    May 16, 2013 8:18 PM

    He played for the eagles since the saints
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    Thank you hpeters77, I didn’t know. We just need a break from off season dismay!

  15. hatetriot4life says: May 16, 2013 11:31 PM

    if u can’t remember much how can u game plan n watch film or how can u make tackles n fight blockers with headaches doosh bag cowboys my team so least they aimt talkn bout romo for now

  16. ilikebjsongamedays says: May 17, 2013 6:13 AM

    justintuckrule says:
    May 16, 2013 7:35 PM

    That’s not concussion syndrome. That’s Tonyromo-osis. Congrats, you’re in the right place.

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    Swing-and-a-miss

  17. pdidit09 says: May 17, 2013 10:42 AM

    Why should any player give up any rights, especially to sue The NFL. Stupid.

  18. kklawon says: May 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    Good, I would keep it active if I were him! All he has had as a career is the nfl. If you suffered an injury on your job but couldn’t afford to loose the job entirely you would do the same thing!! This stuff happens everyday in the common work place! People need to stop hatin!

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