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Seven former players renew their objection to concussion settlement

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In May, seven former NFL players filed an objection to the proposed concussion settlement.  Now that the NFL has removed the $675 million cap on benefits available to all retired players with a qualifying diagnosis, the seven players have renewed their objection.  Strenuously.

Via ESPN.com, Sean Morey, Alan Faneca, Ben Hamilton, Robert Royal, Rock Cartwright, Jeff Rohrer, and Sean Considine submitted via counsel a 58-page document opposing the settlement, which they call a “lousy deal” for the players and “a great deal for the NFL and class counsel.”

The players contend among other things that the settlement came too soon.

“Investigation of the facts through discovery of the NFL’s internal files could yield powerful and compelling evidence of the NFL’s culpability — strengthening class counsel’s hand at the negotiating table,” the objection states.  “Yet class counsel settled this case without taking a single deposition and without the NFL producing a single document.”

While the settlement indeed seems a little favorable to the league and a little restrictive to players, who’ll recover only if they can prove a severe cognitive impairment, the deal was struck at a time when many of the players’ claim could have been thrown out of court based on the argument that any relief must be pursued under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.  If the plaintiffs had decided to let it ride, there’s a chance that most of them would have gotten little or nothing.

The players also claim that the process for obtaining benefits is “so onerous and confusing that it raises due process as well as fairness concerns” and that the lawyers established “a procedural labyrinth designed to limit the number and amount of settlement payouts.”

Judge Anita Brody has yet to provide preliminary approval to the settlement.  If she does, all players will have the right to opt out of the settlement and pursue their own claims.  The seven players objecting to the current deal undoubtedly will.

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15 Responses to “Seven former players renew their objection to concussion settlement”
  1. mzew233 says: Jul 4, 2014 11:51 PM

    Really tired of this legal talk all summer

  2. 700levelvet says: Jul 5, 2014 3:35 AM

    Remember when coal miners waited for canaries…facts are those are men who needed to feed their families. These men are nothing but overpaid clowns who are pissed the well has run dry.. Sean Constadine? Really??? Did he ever make a tackle

  3. bunjy96 says: Jul 5, 2014 7:41 AM

    Let em eat cake

  4. terrybradshawisdead says: Jul 5, 2014 7:53 AM

    HEYGUYZ!! Did you know Mike is a lawyer in real life?!

    Y’all been lawyered!!
    He is like Tom Cruise in that one movie where he plays a lawyer

  5. officialgame says: Jul 5, 2014 8:39 AM

    Sean Considine spent a career tackling by leading with his helmet. Who told or taught him to do that ? Nobody. Sean did that to himself because he was average in every respect and it got him to the pros, an NFL career, and a lot of money. Now he wants more money from the league because of what HE chose to do. Once again another individual who fails to take responsibility for his own actions.

  6. clashpoint says: Jul 5, 2014 8:54 AM

    I have a hard time giving extra money to billionaires over guys who got injured while playing the game we love. It comes down to this for me: Do you watch football players playing football games? Or fat old men who are watching games? Are you a fan of the game and those who play it, or a fan of billionaires who will never share their money with the likes of you?

    I love the game of football.
    This who get hurt playing it for me deserve money from it over anyone else.

  7. theravenmaniac says: Jul 5, 2014 9:19 AM

    They all have seen the damage done by playing football. Troy Aikman would get a concussion from sneezing he was beat up so badly when he played. Michael Irving was almost paralyzed playing the game on turf in Philly. I’d have more sympathy if the players sued the astro turf makers for injuries than the nfl when the head trauma risks are obvious if you play the game wrong. Wrap and tackle not shoot like a missile head first.

  8. mz1394 says: Jul 5, 2014 9:26 AM

    Robert royal HAHAHAHA what a joke

  9. ctgiant says: Jul 5, 2014 9:49 AM

    Tony Dorsett, age 62, has “demeniga” and this is not something that will go away with any kind of money!
    That said, others will benifit with better treatment which can cost most all they have, this 675 M is a drop in the bucket, not even close to what the team owners {32} divided up could offer
    if they were serious about helping guys like Dorsett go out with some dignity.

    THE CT GIANT

    {no spell check}

  10. tremoluxman says: Jul 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    The problem for injured players is summed up nicely by the phrase ‘qualifiying diagnosis’ and in the second to last paragraph.

    The NFL will make them jump through so many hoops that virtually no one will get a dime — except the lawyers and doctors.

  11. tjacks7 says: Jul 5, 2014 11:46 AM

    The league should hire Antoine Winfield to go around and teach these dopes how to tackle. As far as the deal, take it or leave it.

  12. r8drn8tn says: Jul 5, 2014 5:01 PM

    Many of you are missing the point. They are suing because they allege that the NFL knew the risks associated with concussions and did not disclose these risks to the players.

    Now everyone knows the risks with concussions. This is new ground for almost everyone. Now players understand the full implications of playing.

    If–that is a BIG IF–the NFL did know and did not disclose that information then the players did not have the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. Again, if true that is horrible and they should have to pay big time.

    If not, then I don’t think they should be held financially responsible.

  13. jagsfanugh says: Jul 5, 2014 5:40 PM

    “r8drn8tn says:
    Jul 5, 2014 5:01 PM
    Many of you are missing the point. They are suing because they allege that the NFL knew the risks associated with concussions and did not disclose these risks to the players.

    Now everyone knows the risks with concussions. This is new ground for almost everyone. Now players understand the full implications of playing.

    If–that is a BIG IF–the NFL did know and did not disclose that information then the players did not have the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions. Again, if true that is horrible and they should have to pay big time.

    If not, then I don’t think they should be held financially responsible.”

    Thank You captain, also water is wet.

  14. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jul 5, 2014 6:16 PM

    Are they also suing their peewee football team that they played on? Or their school team in junior high? High school? Their college that they played for?

    All those teams must have informed them about the concussion risk I guess.

  15. tinbender2000 says: Jul 6, 2014 1:00 AM

    These NFL owners are being sued for not paying cheerleaders minimum wage. Oakland (my team) just announced they will pay their cheerleaders $9.00 an hour ( Minimum wage ) to avoid lawsuits. These cheap bastards will keep every last nickel they can.

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