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Seven former players contest concussion settlement

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The NFL and the lawyers representing more than 4,000 former players struck a deal more than eight months ago to settle the concussion litigation.  Judge Anita Brody has yet to give preliminary approval to the deal, which means that the time hasn’t yet come for retired players to challenge the settlement or to opt out of the deal.

Nevertheless, seven of them have filed paperwork opposing the settlement.

Via ESPN.com, Sean Morey, Alan Faneca (pictured), Ben Hamilton, Robert Royal, Rock Cartwright, Jeff Rohrer, and Sean Considine contend that they are suffering from the early symptoms of brain disease, and that the proposed settlement will not properly compensate them or other players who currently have serious brain-related diseases.

The proposed settlement pays benefits only to players with serious cognitive impairment.  The seven players opposing the settlement contend that they suffer from noise sensitivity, visual impairments, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, memory loss, and other problems that may not rise to the level of severe cognitive impairment.

The development won’t do much to persuade Judge Brody to approve the settlement, which could send the parties back to the drawing board and/or set the stage for further litigation, with many weeks and months wasted.

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50 Responses to “Seven former players contest concussion settlement”
  1. staffordsyear says: May 5, 2014 11:02 PM

    Put your seatbelt on..here we go again.

  2. paulnoga says: May 5, 2014 11:09 PM

    The whole argument is whether ex-NFL players knew that football was hazardous to their health.
    Also that they accepted scholarships to universities they normally couldn’t afford to go to not knowing the danger.
    Then they accepted millions of dollars from professional football and never knew they could have long term problems.
    if this goes to trial, they will get nothing.

  3. connorchew says: May 5, 2014 11:11 PM

    Choo choo! hop on the train!

  4. axx1 says: May 5, 2014 11:12 PM

    You truly must have a concussion if you think the $NFL$ is going to pay any settlements at all to retired players

  5. bobzilla1001 says: May 5, 2014 11:13 PM

    ESPN must be loving this.
    The network would like nothing better than to kill off the NFL to focus exclusively on the NBA.

  6. luigiboy12 says: May 5, 2014 11:14 PM

    NFL needs to get out its big fat wallet and generously compensate these players who sacrificed to make the game what it is today.

  7. extinctionburst says: May 5, 2014 11:16 PM

    If you want your money, stop filing lawsuits.

  8. FlashPatterson says: May 5, 2014 11:20 PM

    Hard to feel too bad for millionaires. They traded their health for millions and now they feel like they sold out too low.

  9. bassplucker says: May 5, 2014 11:26 PM

    I notice that two of the plaintiffs are interior O-Linemen and I have to ask myself how a C or G gets concussions when most of their work is done in close quarters and they rarely if ever have high speed collisions on anything near the order of your typical LB, WR, RB or DB. Back in rhe Deacon Jones headslap days I am sure many Gs and Cs got their bell rung but in the modern era I’m not seeing it.

  10. mazenblue says: May 5, 2014 11:42 PM

    The NFL doesnt pay taxes right? Help the men!!

  11. realdealsteel says: May 5, 2014 11:44 PM

    Money hungry old players who pissed off their money and are now looking for a hand out. It’s sad. They are biting the hand that gave them their money in the first place.

  12. realdealsteel says: May 5, 2014 11:45 PM

    Then they pretend like they didn’t know that hits to you head are bad for your health. I didn’t need any test to know that.

  13. clssylssy says: May 5, 2014 11:48 PM

    Sounds pretty “serious” to me. Perhaps her Honor, Roger Goodell and Owners should live with chronic pain, depression, insomnia, memory loss, visual impairment, noise sensitivy, and other problems and see if they don’t find them seriously debilitating! The NFLPA needs to get better legal representation and do a better job looking out for their members or get some type of catastropic illness insurance for them.

  14. WestCoast 49er/Bolts says: May 6, 2014 12:07 AM

    I guess they should have gone into the interior design field instead of living the dream and playing FOOTBALL

  15. craigmaitland says: May 6, 2014 12:20 AM

    Assumed risk, you didn’t have to become a high paid pro football player.

  16. randymossblewit says: May 6, 2014 12:30 AM

    Cartwright, Cartwright!!

  17. defscottyb says: May 6, 2014 12:33 AM

    I remember Rock being a kickoff return man for the Skins. Basically did nothing else.

  18. mrneto72 says: May 6, 2014 12:43 AM

    7 former players? Let me guess, OJ Simpson, Ray Carreuth, Aaron Hernandez, Colin Kaepernick, Big Ben, Darren Sharper and Michael Vick????

  19. ducknichols50 says: May 6, 2014 12:59 AM

    They must have brain disease. Surely, they knew they were playing football. Maybe the NFL neglected to tell them that when they paid them millions.

  20. pr0jecktpat says: May 6, 2014 1:02 AM

    It is a shame that people get such serious concussions playing football in the NFL, but I just don’t get how these players don’t understand that it is part of the game. Everyone and anyone who has played, or plays physical sports realizes that there is a possibility to be injured, or seriously hurt playing whatever game you are playing.

    I think the NFL should have a better retirement program that helps their former players (god knows they can afford it), but then again they all knew the risks going in to the league.

    I just can’t help but feel 99% of the players in these suits are in it because they had piss poor money management skills, and are looking for an easy payout.

  21. wyntyrmute says: May 6, 2014 1:40 AM

    Well, there probably goes the season for the Saints.

    Somehow they’ll be responsible for all helmet to helmet hits now. Helmetgate here we come….

  22. akboot says: May 6, 2014 3:48 AM

    B.S. Millionaires just never have enough. Early symptoms, yeah, right. It’s called getting older. Depression, LOL. Insomnia, LOL. Memory loss, LOL. All of these are simply B.S. Not one person on this planet doesn’t suffer from at least a couple of these. Scared of having to make a living. Pampered their whole pathetic lives. I’ve been beat up, knocked out, and had injuries at my job that 99.9% of these girls couldn’t fathom. Got too old for it and now I do other things to make a living. It’s not suing my former employer because I don’t want to work. Sheesh, just sad, very sad.

  23. braven4evr says: May 6, 2014 6:32 AM

    This definitely isn’t enough money. The NFL just wants this to go away and the lawyers just want more money in their pockets.

  24. eagleswin says: May 6, 2014 6:37 AM

    Translation : We aren’t going to get a cut of the action and the lawyers that approached us will work for a cut of the profits.

  25. jakescott13 says: May 6, 2014 6:41 AM

    The brain disease is from the PEDs, not the hits u took.

  26. ~Hate~ says: May 6, 2014 6:50 AM

    #moneygrab

  27. losntina69 says: May 6, 2014 7:17 AM

    So in other words players that didnt make as much money as they would have liked are now filing claims so that they can get more money. NICE. I wanna sue the NFL myself for putting piss poor talent like the names mentioned above, my head hurts from all the sucking that went on.

  28. dryzzt23 says: May 6, 2014 7:44 AM

    Yet again, the whims of the very few preclude the needs of the many. Why is it that someone doesn’t step up and tell these former players “Hey, you should have SAVED your money and planned for health issues that you knew ere coming”?

    IMO this is just another case of a subset of lawyers seeking another payday from the NFL.

  29. mikea311 says: May 6, 2014 8:01 AM

    an the lawyers continue to get richer.

  30. gnorules says: May 6, 2014 8:17 AM

    The NFL needs to start making players sign a consent form that reads “I damn well know that I’m throwing my body around in a reckless manor and accept that doing so may injure myself” Totally rediculous that players can try to claim that they didn’t realize that playing football of all things could lead to head injuries.

  31. stratomaticfan says: May 6, 2014 8:21 AM

    Not to minimize their injuries….but they obviously knew and accepted the risk of playing a contact sport that’s based on collisions. The League has constantly strived to make the sport safer through rule changes and equipment innovations. Who is to say how much more they could/can do to increase safety.

  32. christophershearin says: May 6, 2014 8:44 AM

    this is absurd, if your for this settlement, then your the reason this country is flying down the crapper

  33. dsuvinny13 says: May 6, 2014 8:44 AM

    I get that players would go after the NFL because of the deep pockets, but this litigation only has so much merit. Concussions are even more likely to happen and go undiagnosed/untreated to youth football players. Also, some people develop these symptoms regardless of having played any violent sport. That the NFL is willing to pay because they didn’t set a good standard of football safety is great, but it really should only go so far.

  34. packerbackernj says: May 6, 2014 9:09 AM

    Older players, yes i can understand the need to help them. Alan Faneca has made over $40m while playing in the NFL. That’s the definition of greedy savage. Dude needs to kick rocks.

  35. TheMorningStar says: May 6, 2014 9:31 AM

    I sincerely hope that these latest lawsuits finally expose the cover up the NFL has been perpetrating for decades.

    Lets see the data Mr. Goddell, the data you are trying so hard to keep out of a court of law.

    Go players, go!!!

  36. marthisdil says: May 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    And the league will just force them to prove that they didn’t have any sort of head injury before joining the league.

    Oh, you had a concussion in high school or college? Sorry, not our fault as you can’t prove your disability didn’t start back then which YOU exacerbated by YOUR choice to continue playing….

  37. larock31 says: May 6, 2014 9:38 AM

    It’s called getting old, deal with it.

  38. tictoccpthook says: May 6, 2014 10:03 AM

    Let’s make sure that the damage to players health does not continue. Look at the equipment, rules, schedule, and coaching. Stop using heads for battering rams and use them to improve the game (not the same as increasing owner profits),

  39. kingbattle says: May 6, 2014 11:01 AM

    these dudes know the injury concerns when they signed up to play.. no they’re broke and want more money smh

  40. phinfan says: May 6, 2014 11:52 AM

    Whys it the nfls job to pay these men for injuries they had over a career. I personally think the nfl should hire detectives to find out if these players had their head rung in middleschool through college levels. Then throw those names off the list because they knew the job risks entering the league – and the case gets compromised because the worse injury could have happened years before nfl

  41. tjacks7 says: May 6, 2014 12:07 PM

    Every softball, soccer, baseball, tennis, football, badminton, backgammon, checkers, etc league I’ve ever played in made me sign a form that said “if I get hurt doing this, it’s my own fault and I can’t sue the league for the injury. I know this and agree.” Why didn’t/doesn’t the NFL do this? Even Ridell has tags inside their helmets that say “not for repetitive collisions or blows to the head” (or something to that effect) which, I assume, is why they’re not getting themselves in this mess?

  42. akboot says: May 6, 2014 1:31 PM

    Then give em all Nascar helmets. Case closed.

  43. brianstevens0915 says: May 6, 2014 1:39 PM

    I couldn’t imagine going from living your dream of being a professional athlete to suffering from something that that dream job was responsible for. But there are firefighters, peace officers, military and many other less glamorous jobs that have higher risks and lower reward.

  44. hotdog113 says: May 6, 2014 1:44 PM

    Just to point something out:

    Not all NFL players make millions and are millionaires. NFL players are vastly underpaid compared to other pro athletes on top of that. A guy plays 6 years, with say a contract that pays him 8 million dollars. After taxes and fees etc he probably ends his career with 2-3 million. Yes, that is a lot, but once he pays for a house, cars, the expected charities etc it becomes a much smaller amount. When you consider he has another 50 years of life, if he doesn’t work or invest he’ll have enough to live modestly. Now throw in healthcare costs etc.

    That money goes fast. And we’re assuming this guy is living frugally and not blowing it on parties, family etc and makes good investments.

    Most football players do not have job skills etc, so it is harder for them to make a decent living.

  45. defscottyb says: May 6, 2014 1:52 PM

    NFL should just make all players sign a waiver: play at your own risk or go do something else.

  46. tvguy22 says: May 6, 2014 2:07 PM

    I believe Sean Consedine had a bunch of concussion from being run over time and time again.

  47. djstat says: May 6, 2014 2:11 PM

    Any player claiming they did not know there was physical risk of playing are lying to themselves. You made the choice to play a violent game and get paid very well. The NFL does not owe you lifelime care or income. Play at your own risk.

  48. ipskipskyblue says: May 6, 2014 2:13 PM

    with all that money they make, why wouldn’t they make sure they had the best possible health insurance policy that they purchased on their own.

    I am willing to bet many of them had insurance policies during their senior year to protect against catastrophic injuries

  49. fdugrad says: May 6, 2014 2:19 PM

    The amount awarded to the players at this time is an extremely good deal for The NFL. It’s basically a drop in the bucket given the revenue generated by the league. It doesn’t seem even remotely possible that this award will adequately cover the future needs of the players. As for knowing what life after football would be, it seems to me that players from the sixties through the nineties couldn’t possibly have known about the concussion and brain damage issues that are prevalent at this point in time. I am certain they realized knee, hip, joints etc. would be problematic, however, back in that time, head and brain injuries were not an issue. I think whoever eventually rules this case to its end will need to consider WHEN a player was a participant in The NFL.

  50. tuberippin says: May 6, 2014 3:01 PM

    Earl Campbell could use that money a lot more than Alan Faneca.

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