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NFL says Jeff Miller’s remarks have “no bearing” on concussion settlement

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On Tuesday, a lawyer representing former players who object to the concussion settlement informed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of comments from NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller linking football to Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The NFL has quickly responded to the correspondence from Steven F. Molo.

Attorney Paul Clement, who also represents the NFL in the pending Tom Brady appeal, explained to the Third Circuit that Miller’s remarks “have no bearing on the pending appeal,” and that the letter “raises nothing new, pertinent, or authoritative” regarding the appeal.

“Mr. Miller’s statement yesterday to the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce roundtable discussion is consistent with NFL positions in court and otherwise,” Clement wrote. “The NFL has previously acknowledged studies identifying a potential association between CTE and certain football players, including Dr. [Ann] McKee’s work, to which the NFL has contributed funding. Conspicuously omitted from Mr. Molo’s letter is any reference to either Mr. Miller’s comments on the limited knowledge of the ‘incidence or the prevalence’ of CTE or the District Court’s express finding that the scientific community indisputably acknowledges that the causes of CTE remain unknown and the subject of extensive medical and scientific research.”

The absence of a test to determine the presence of CTE in living patients created a balancing act that compensates deceased players with CTE but not living players with CTE who have no symptoms. The NFL’s admission that football can cause CTE, as a practical matter, does nothing to resolve that problem.

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4 Responses to “NFL says Jeff Miller’s remarks have “no bearing” on concussion settlement”
  1. tonebones says: Mar 15, 2016 10:27 PM

    This science is still evolving and if science has taught us one thing, it’s that nothing is final. So many scientifically proven facts throughout history have eventually been overturned as new discoveries are made. More research might determine that something like heavy drinking, combined with football, are part of the issue. Maybe just heavy drinkers that never played football have these problems too. The science laboratory is very large. Let’s look at all the experiments, not just the ones we conveniently pick and choose. That’s not true science. My goal is to help people avoid these problems. You have to keep your head out of the sand and your eyes wide open.

  2. j0esixpack says: Mar 15, 2016 10:47 PM

    How the heck did someone who tells the truth ever get a job in Goodell’s office???

  3. archer454 says: Mar 15, 2016 11:29 PM

    such bs posturing! its a case of bending the language to suit the selfish needs of a multibillion $ corporation. i wonder what an nfl contract looks like with regards to the liability section. must be loosely worded enough to where thousands of men sign it and even more thousands wish they could sign it.

  4. twelsh36446 says: Mar 16, 2016 3:16 AM

    “Conspicuously omitted from Mr. Molo’s letter is any reference to either Mr. Miller’s comments on the limited knowledge of the ‘incidence or the prevalence’ of CTE or the District Court’s express finding that the scientific community indisputably acknowledges that the causes of CTE remain unknown and the subject of extensive medical and scientific research.”

    Payed for by the NFL. The players should be able to have their own doctors dispute the NFL doctors finding. Anyone payed for information by the defendant shouldn’t be admissible to begin with. There should be independent research done by doctors that have nothing to do with either party.

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