Count Eddie George as one former player who’s not jumping for joy about the settlement of the lawsuit brought by former players against the NFL over brain injuries suffered on the field.
George said on the Dan Patrick Show that he thinks the lawsuit might have been more about a cash grab than about finding real solutions for former players who are genuinely suffering.
“Was the motive from the players’ side finding a real solution to concussions, or is it about receiving the money? Because if you have symptoms as a player, and you’re going through issues, with the post-career, and you’re having issues with concussions, what is the money going to solve? What is $100,000 going to solve for you? Is it going to provide the care, are you going to find solutions to your problems? That’s what kind of bothered me about the whole situation: What is the real motive behind it? Because there are some players out there, quite frankly, that could be playing the game of trying to get the money,” George said.
It’s understandable that there’s some skepticism when it comes to going after a deep-pocketed business and getting a settlement worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But assuming the settlement is handled properly, players who aren’t actually suffering from brain damage won’t get any money.