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Retired players who don’t have real injuries won’t get paid

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Despite the flaws (and there are many) with the proposed settlement of the concussion lawsuits, which has morphed into a case including all retired players, the deal contains one very good piece of news.

Retired players who aren’t injured but who saw the concussion lawsuits as a way to get some extra money will get nothing.

Technically, they’ll get a free baseline evaluation.  And if they aren’t displaying cognitive difficulties now but develop problems later, they can try to get some of the $675 million fund.  But anyone who saw the concussion lawsuits as a way to get a little extra severance pay from the NFL will end up disappointed — and rightfully so.

None of this means that players who suffered serious head injuries while playing football should accept the deal and drop their legal claims.  But players who are injured won’t have to worry about players who aren’t injured getting compensation they don’t deserve.

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7 Responses to “Retired players who don’t have real injuries won’t get paid”
  1. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    good

  2. blacknole08 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    Good

  3. germanstingray says: Aug 29, 2013 8:12 PM

    …or the NFL having to shell out dough to opportunists.

  4. kinggw says: Aug 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    LOL at people saying good like its their money.

  5. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:22 PM

    kinggw says:
    Aug 29, 2013 8:52 PM
    LOL at people saying good like its their money.
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    Why should scam artists/liars/professional victims be rewarded regardless of whose money it is? Ultimately, the fans are the ones paying for this stuff. Granted, the amount is a hard number whether the guys out for a quick buck are paid or not, but this way the money will go to those who are more deserving.

  6. nananatman says: Aug 29, 2013 11:03 PM

    If you listen you can almost hear Manti Teo swearing and pulling the compress of his forehead.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 30, 2013 1:33 PM

    So if it is harmful to play NFL football, why is it allowed to continue at all? Reminds me of the lawsuit against tobacco companies. Money to be made?

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