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Portis, Culpepper among 83 players suing NFL over concussions

Clinton Portis, Daniel Snyder AP

The latest lawsuit against the NFL over concussions includes former Pro Bowlers Clinton Portis and Daunte Culpepper as plaintiffs.

The Washington Times reports that Portis is the lead plaintiff in an 83-player lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Portis recently said he played through concussions “all the time” during his nine-year career with Denver and Washington.

Culpepper, who played for the Vikings, Dolphins, Raiders and Lions, and former NFL running back Cadillac Williams are among the 82 co-plaintiffs.

The NFL is now facing dozens of lawsuits, with a total of more than 4,500 plaintiffs, from former players who say their lives have been adversely affected by brain injuries suffered on the field.

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34 Responses to “Portis, Culpepper among 83 players suing NFL over concussions”
  1. jack3dsd says: Aug 14, 2013 2:12 PM

    duh your job was to play football. the nfl didn’t make you hit with your head

  2. seahawksteven777 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    If you know the risks and you decide to play, you look like a hypocrite suing the league for the injuries you suffered.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 14, 2013 2:16 PM

    Bet you they would still jump at an opportunity to sign with a team regardless.

  4. bigd9484 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:21 PM

    And this ladies and gents, is why all the tackling rules are being turned into abominations and why football is dying a slow death. If the NFL would have manned up years ago to up the pensions for these guys who have brain issues for the entertainment of the masses, there would be no lawsuits. Blame the owners for their greed. But also blame the two-faced players who signed up for a dangerous sport for the money, and are now surprised there were consequences.

  5. thegonz13 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:21 PM

    In some cases, the headline should read “…among broke players suing the NFL by using a lame excuse”.

  6. ravens4life says: Aug 14, 2013 2:22 PM

    Just another way to collect some money. And then we wonder why NFL is becoming a flag football league

  7. footballgod87 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:22 PM

    Im usually for the players, but not in this instance. They knew what they were signing up for, and most lies when they did have concussions. Now they see a chance at more money and are jumping at it. Greedy

  8. timb12 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:26 PM

    Is suing the NFL a right of passage?

  9. truthfactory says: Aug 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    These plaintiffs can be described as the following:

    Players who used to be rich, then blew all their money and realized they will need to work the rest of their lives to survive because they didnt manage their money properly, see one last ditch opportunity for a money grab that may potentially spare them a life of working or facing poverty.

  10. Stiller43 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:28 PM

    Unless they were forced to play football when they had head injuries, they should have NO claim at all.

  11. aamboca says: Aug 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    Was the first time you suited up when you became a Pro player or did you start in a pee wee league? Want to REALLY know what this is. This lawsuit is a “I’ve spent all my millions like a fool, and now I’m broke so let me go after my former employer cause I needs money.” Since they cant control their own spending, the NFL ought to pay these guys like an annuity does, so much a year for 20-30 years! THEN they would have something and wouldn’t be broke! Oh wait, Drew Rosenhaus wouldn’t be a mega millionaire then would he.

  12. kane337 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:37 PM

    NFL should be suing Culpepper for stealing money from the NFL.

  13. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Didn’t Culpepper sign a deal for like 100mill? Both were rich and squandered their money , now they want more because they were irresponsible . You have got to be kidding me.#whatajoke#

  14. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 14, 2013 2:42 PM

    The game might be changing, but it’s these guys who are leading the way in causing the change.

  15. seanb20124 says: Aug 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    Portis made lots of money, surprised he is broke so soon

  16. boyshole25 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    Portis isn’t even close to broke he was very financially responsible. I have no idea why he’s suing

  17. Trevor Swanson says: Aug 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    I just don’t get why everyone assumes they’re broke. I think the point of suing is that the NFL intentionally underrepresented the long-term health ramifications of concussions (or made too little effort to identify their existence), leading players to believe that little or no concern need be given to them (shake it off, wuss). Had the NFL identified these risks and helped players qualify the risks, they would have no right. That said, some of these players do not need the money. But they have the right to help future players by forcing the NFL to seek or and acknowledge them.

  18. kingmj4891 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    Washed up has beens looking for more money. Move along and go die some sort of dishonorable death cause these fools and lawyers are ruining our sport.

    If we could just ban all lawyers from this country.

  19. jpspear says: Aug 14, 2013 3:39 PM

    I thought the NFL had 50,000 pages of evidence showing the Saints intentionally caused every injury for 2009-2011. They couldn’t name a single player that got hurt or a single player that got paid or a record of a single payoff for causing an injury, but they were guilty nonetheless, because Roger said so.

  20. melikefootball says: Aug 14, 2013 3:48 PM

    Hard to understand as a fan that any player can be suing when they know the risks and want the risks. Players aren’t concerned one bit when receive the pay day in their careers . No ne twisted their arms to continue to play when they received the first concussion. Judge should shake his or her head and throw these out of the courts.

  21. mondzy805 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:48 PM

    These clowns waste all there money, now they want to Sue somebody. No one told these clowns to make it Rain at a strip club. Smdh.

  22. coolzog says: Aug 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    Maybe Culpepper can rehab that concussion in a Walmart parking lot like he did with his knee.

  23. cpo187 says: Aug 14, 2013 3:57 PM

    Can we link this article to the previous article of Portis saying how he used to NOT tell the coaches when he got a concussion?

  24. jiminauburn says: Aug 14, 2013 4:07 PM

    A friend of mine has problems with his knees now that he has been laying carpet for the past 25 years. Can he go and sue the companies he worked for now?

  25. mack2x says: Aug 14, 2013 4:18 PM

    Hypocrites. If they knew then what they know now, they still wouldn’t have given up the game. Especially the money they were making. That definitely would’ve adversely affected their lives.

  26. rcali says: Aug 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    My mental state has “been adversely affected” by sitting in a cube all day. I think I have some lower back pain from my chair. My eyes kinda hurt from the monitor. Now this would be all fine had I been paid millions to do my job.

  27. kitnamania13 says: Aug 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    As someone who watched the hilariously incoherent Cadillac Williams interview from the 2005 NFL draft, I can pretty safely say that he suffered quite a bit of head trauma before he ever touched a football in the NFL.

  28. blackngold4life says: Aug 14, 2013 6:00 PM

    Portis had all those split personalities..not surprised

  29. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:19 PM

    That explains daunte fumble pepper and the love boat connection up in mn.

  30. richc111 says: Aug 14, 2013 10:45 PM

    It must be really hard to hang onto the end of the gravy train.

  31. jrmalo23 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:08 PM

    Culpepper is just looking for an excuse to explain why he is as dumb as he is.

  32. jimmylions says: Aug 15, 2013 12:40 AM

    Rule changes to eliminate contact are not going to solve the issues related to long-term damage to player health.

    The NFL (league office, team owners, and NFLPA) needs to annually invest money into engineering R&D that is something along the lines of what they expect taxpayers to spend on stadiums. They need to do this to protect the long term health of their business, in addition to the health of the players.

    And … considering how good our nation’s people and our nation’s public universities have been to the NFL, this kind of investment in engineering programs, scholarships, and research would be a nice way for the NFL to say thank you to America.

  33. bbk1000 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:22 AM

    Again…show film of NFL players head butting each other after a good play, case dismissed….

  34. openkimono10 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    Missing the point:

    Are there broke players looking for a pay day? yes. Are there guys that knew the physical (non brain) impact of playing football?Yes. Are there guys, that didn’t know, that when you “see stars” after a play, it’s considered a grade one concussion? Not many players, even today realize that. How many times do you think any FB player see’s stars? Once a week? Cumulatively, how many does that add up to, over an NFL career?

    Back when the majority of these players played, and when they did receive a grade 2 concussion. There was never a neurologist on the sideline, like they have today, they saw the sideline orthopedic! And most of the time, they had to play the following weekend, so not to lose their job. Now they have players sitting out months, before returning.

    The issue they are suing for, is related to the NFL’s disclosure of concussion data, all the while promoting more violent hits. (When did they know?)

    Remember the NFL Crunch Course video’s in the 80′s, which glorified the most violent hits? If they knew the the long term effect of violent hits, but failed to inform the players…all the while promoting/profiting from bigger hits. Do you think there is a slight conflict of interest to say the least?

    Like the smoking industry was in the 50′s/60′s. Tobacco knew the long term health impact of smoking, but chose to keep it under hat, so they could profit from it’s usage. How many years did the smoking industry keep their data to themselves? How many people died before they were sued to disclose their findings?

    More questions:
    How do you think the NFL determines the shoe brand, the player must wear? Do you think that the NFL awards the shoe contract because they are the safest or best shoe available? Or is it based upon who strokes them the biggest check? Same goes for understanding the NFL’s decision process in choosing Riddell. (preferred helmets used) I personally want to know…were they the safest available, to help protect the players? Or was the decision based upon which company could write the biggest check? If the NFL’s decision was based upon money and not Riddell being safest helmet available… but still required all teams to use them. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s worth a lawsuit to find out.

    A lot of comments are right on target, regarding, the rags to riches to rags, ego driven NFL players. But on this particular lawsuit, like the cigarette or asbestos industry lawsuits. I want to know if they knew and when. And what steps they took, after they had the data.

    I believe this suit will get settled soon. If the NFL has to open up its kimono, the public will get to see the good, bad and ugly. Because they have such a great product. The NFL will try to avoid the exposing any more of its ugly.

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