Salisbury helps solicit more concussion plaintiffs

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With more than 1,200 former NFL players suing the league for concussions suffered while playing pro football, former Vikings quarterback and ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury is recruiting other players to join the effort.

Salisbury’s email message, a copy of which PFT has obtained, encourages players with symptoms associated with concussions to sue.

“We have all been hearing about the concussion lawsuit vs. the NFL and most of us are having symptoms associated with having concussions/ head trauma such as short term memory loss, headaches, anxiety, mood swings, change in personality, depression, and sleep problems,” Salisbury writes.  “If you are having ANY of these side effects, like me, then I urge you to join the suit.  There is strength in numbers!”

While there may be strength in numbers, it doesn’t mean that the lawyers or the players who already have sued should foster a “me too” mindset that could be enticing some former players to sign up, regardless of their current health or whether they would have kept on playing even if every currently-known risk associated with playing in the NFL were disclosed during their playing careers.

“If you have not yet become part of the concussion litigation, you can easily join now — You can immediately join the suit with the Locks/Mitnick group who represent over 700 former players, the largest group, by clicking on the following link,” Salisbury writes.

Salisbury then provides a link to a questionnaire that ultimately invites the player to “[a]ccept retainer agreement and become part of lawsuit.”  There’s also a link to a fee agreement with the Locks Law Firm, which gives the lawyers 33.33 percent of any recovery and reimburses legal expenses from the client’s share of the recovery rather than the full recovery, which necessarily reduces the amount of money the client receives.

It’s fairly obvious that Salisbury was either instructed or encouraged to help round up more former players in the effort to sue the NFL.  And while that may not be an issue in the ultimate litigation, it could cause some in the court of public opinion to take a dim view of the effort.

75 responses to “Salisbury helps solicit more concussion plaintiffs

  1. Fine, let them sue as if they had a normal job. However, pay the players about $75,000/yr.

  2. It’s America while I don’t condone Sean’s actions I certainly don’t judge or condemn him. There is no story here must me a slow news day.

  3. teelerhypocrite says: Apr 23, 2012 10:54 PM

    Fine, let them sue as if they had a normal job. However, pay the players about $75,000/yr.


    The salary they made is completely irrelevant.

  4. If je wants to sue, fine thats his choice. But for a guy who was basically begging to work in football again not too long ago he probably didn’t do himself any favors by letting this one get out.

  5. This is the SAME Sean Salisbury.Terminated from ESPN for showing camera phone pictures of his “private parts” to co workers.

    No credibility.Get rid of this guy.

  6. 33.3% plus expenses from the client’s share isn’t all that bad actually. Sounds fairly standard.

    If the expenses came from the lawyer’s share, you would expect the contingent fee to be about 40% or more.

  7. Salisbury will do anything for attention. I thought alcohol killed his broadcast career now its concussion symptoms? On the bright side it appears he got someone to hire him since it appears he’s now a puppet for a greedy law firm who couldn’t care less about the well being of ex players legitimately suffering from head trauma

  8. Im still amazed that they let any of these lawsuits be filed. 90% of those symptoms regular people have. I hope the whole thing gets thrown out.

  9. As that his excuse for showing lil Sean on his phone to female co-workers? Brain damaged? Good e-mail though, I guess he learned how to type from his awesome e-mails he use to send to DeadSpin………

  10. Can I sue Salisbury for sending out pictures of his weaner ? Remember, this guy got fired by the LINGERIE football league.

  11. Salisbury is pathetic. If he was still working for ESPN he’d be no where near this lawsuit. Dude has completely fallen off since Deadspin ruined him.

  12. Odd, because while not mutually exclusive, it seems Salisbury’s recent on-air interview focused on the Saint’s bounty situation (right after the Greg Williams audio was released) on the Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes show on 106.7 the Fan in D.C., which concluded with a charged up Salisbury saying he felt like going to go tackle a moving car, is counter to this stance. Maybe it was just *shtick*, but it would seem hypocritical to take such a pro-safety stance when also having a nonchalant opinion on the bounty situation.

  13. Geez, these symptoms sound pretty broad and generic for any 50+ year old. Guess the NFL is at fault. Let’s sue. I’m sickened by this money grab.

  14. mjbulls45 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 11:05 PM
    salisbury has to actually play to get hit

    Excellent point! Let’s go back and watch all three games that Sean played in his career. How many times did he actually get hit, and how many of those hits gave him concussions? Troy Aikman played something like 12 years and retired with 11 concussions (about one a year). I’m guessing Salisbury doesn’t have more than 2 legit concussions.

  15. So this is what happened to “Sean Salisbury the Brand” as he called himself on the way out of ESPN’s door… so defiantly swearing he’d get scooped up by another network in a flash!

    Oh well, gotta do something to make a living.

    “Sean Salisbury the Brand.” Still get a good chuckle out of that one.

  16. Isn’t this like the people who sue Mcdonald’s b/c the their food made them fat? You know what you’re getting into when you play football. It’s high risk high reward. All these dumb lawsuits should be tossed out immediately!

  17. This issue is complicated and gets more so if the retired players get past the big hurdle of proving the NFL did knowing or negligently fail to protect the players from concussions and the impacts long term. I am not sure they will meet that first test.

    If they do convince a jury that the NFL was somehow negligent, each of the players’ cases are impacted by the positions, salary, length of service, type of head injury they sustained, etc…..

    Personally, I hope they do some sort of non monetary settlement that retired players can benefit from and/or participate in without having to pay the lawyers 1/3 of a money settlement.

  18. Ok, I’m a research nut, so here goes…

    Sean Salisbury, 8 years in the league. 40 games, 43 sacks, 577 passing attempts, 30 rushing attempts (thank you,

    In what was a relatively uneventful career, how many concussions can the guy really have?

  19. If Salisbury intentions were anything other then getting his name in the press once again, or for money, he’d be encouraging former CFL players to do the same and sue the CFL.

    He played more games in Canada then he did in his years inthe NFL.

  20. I do not really understand all the indifference to the players’ symptoms that I’m reading. Do we really know whether the league had a medical insight into the effects of repeated concussions or not? That is likely what the players’ assertion of league liability will hinge on. So let’s let this play out without prejudgments.

  21. i just hope he decided to wash those paws before he put them in his mouth as the picture above shows, especially after he decided to pull out that baby carrot of his!!!

  22. The best quote I ever heard on Countdown was after a “rough” looking Sean Salisbury did a segment in Minneapolis, Chris Berman says “Sean Salisbury, looking awfully Tommy Kramerish today in Minnesota”!

  23. I think these guys are on to something. Maybe I’ll retire and blame some type of mental stress disorder?? May I can blame my eyesight slippage from looking at the computer all day. I think all employees maybe able to use this strategy..

  24. Ah, great to hear from Sean “The Big Mouth” Salisbury again! Thought we’d lost him.

    Hey, Sean, that grueling 40 game career and your priceless analytical work surely have earned you a big payday from the NFL. Glad you’re gonna get yours

    And, hey, with your 6.6% career td/att (besting Trent Dilfer – Super Bowl), your 3.3% career yds/att (besting Jim Harbaugh – toast of the league in 2011) and your 72.9 career passer rating (thrashing Sammy Baugh – NFL Champ and HoF, Terry Bradshaw – 4-time Super Bowl Champ, 2-time Super Bowl MVP and HoF, Jim Plunkett – 2-time Super Bowl Champ and 1-time MVP, Joe Namath – Super Bowl Champ, MVP, HoF and world-class ladies’ man without texting his qualifications, and Doug Williams – Super Bowl Champ and MVP), you should do as Donovan does and vote for yourself for the Hall of Fame.
    P.S. Sean, Redskins fans are still waiting for you to make good on your pledge to walk from Bristol to Washington if the Redskins made the playoffs in 2005. What a punk!

  25. Way to go Salisbury. You just assured that you’ll never be on TV or associated with the NFL again…

  26. 28loose says:Apr 23, 2012 11:05 PM

    teelerhypocrite says: Apr 23, 2012 10:54 PM

    Fine, let them sue as if they had a normal job. However, pay the players about $75,000/yr.


    The salary they made is completely irrelevant.

    I completely disagree. If it wasnt for their salaries they wouldnt be pushing this to the front burner with attorneys while the average worker hurt on the job has to prove his case via a workmans comp process. huge difference here. you try making a claim on your boss about memory loss when your in your 50s about a job you had in your 20s. see how far you get.

  27. concussions/ head trauma such as short term memory loss, headaches, anxiety, mood swings, change in personality, depression, and sleep problems

    All symptoms of ageing as well. Just a part of getting into the real life I am afraid, not related to the NFL per se.

  28. rtrinidad777 says: Those 3 games you played in really took a toll on you Sean.

    Ummm… Dude, you think he amassed 3,824yds and 19tds in just 3 games? His career would go from pathetic, to downright spectacular.

  29. Regardless if you dislike the man, because it’s the popular thing to do or for some actually mature reason, try differentiate between the messenger and the message.

    Knowing that a player who committed suicide recently likely due to NFL related head trauma, I don’t see point in belittling Salisbury over an email asking for others to step forward. We have no way of knowing who has a legit argument or not.

  30. “…it could cause some in the court of public opinion to take a dim view of the effort.” Mike Florio

    Please tell me who is trying t sway public opinion? You are Mr. Florio.

  31. So why didn’t the NFL share their concussion study information with their players?

    It only took 80+ years for the NFL to come clean.

    For those who find that conduct acceptable, I’m guessing you have never had a concussion in your life…let alone several, as many of the NFL’s players have.

    Just over a year ago, former Bears All-Pro Safety, Dave Dureson committed suicide at age 50, by shooting himself in the “heart”, because he wanted his brain to be donated to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, for diagnosis.

    Dureson had complained of headaches, blurred vision and a deteriorating memory in the months before his death. His final note to his family finished with a handwritten request: “Please, see that my brain is given to the NFL’s brain bank.”

    It should be noted, the NFL does not run the Boston University brain bank, which was created in 2008, and the NFL has no links to the study other than donating money to the study.

    The Doctor who examined Duerson’s brain, Dr Ann McKee, said she found indisputable evidence of C.T.E. in the tissue samples, with “no evidence of any other disorder.”

    Many excuse the NFL’s actions, dating back to the 1920s, as if the players are all faking their symptoms….nothing could be further from the truth.

  32. Putting S.S. aside and focusing for a minute on the bigger picture of a very serious issue, both for the players and the future of the NFL: Was there a period of time during which executives of the NFL had knowledge conveyed to them by neurologists [about concussions]…which was purposefully kept from the players…thus preventing the players from making an informed decision about the risks? It all boils down to this critical question. And if by a preponderance of the evidence the answer is YES…then the League is liable to any and all players who played during this period of time. Legal damages would then be divided amongst the ex-players based on a court-approved formula, integrating such factors as severity of symptoms, years played, etc. Obviously, since most of us in the PFT world are huge football fans, let’s hope that ultimately the answer to the critical legal question is NO.

  33. I think it’s bullshxt that these players are doing this. Why are they only suing the NFL for a game they KNEW was dangerous? No one forced them to play. They were in love with the risks and the money that came. I don’t see these players gathering to sue the colleges, high schools, middle schools, pee-wee leagues and etc. that they played for. What “happened to them” in the NFL could have happened ANYWHERE at ANY TIME while playing the game of football. On top of that, THEY HIT EACH OTHER! Come on man. It’s complete bull and this honestly brings danger to Americas sport as a whole because if the NFL goes down then college, high school, and every other football league will too.

  34. 28loose says: Apr 23, 2012 11:05 PM

    teelerhypocrite says: Apr 23, 2012 10:54 PM

    Fine, let them sue as if they had a normal job. However, pay the players about $75,000/yr.


    The salary they made is completely irrelevant.
    Please explain, we have to hear this.

  35. Good for Salisbury, and who cares about the initial reaction from the “court of public opinion”. It’s the daming evidence that will come out in the litigation that is important and all the players who suffered concussions while paving the way for the “modern” player should be able to join in.

  36. Salisbury is a pig! He was smelling what he always called “THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE’s” ass when he was making a ton of money off of them. And now that he screwed up and was fired by ESPN and can’t get a job with “THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE”. He’s gonna sue them? Go back into your hole Sean and disappear again. You never looked better, you jerk!

  37. There is a very real problem with expanding the class, it will make it that much more difficult to demonstrate a direct causal link to head trauma.

    All those symptoms:

    “short term memory loss, headaches, anxiety, mood swings, change in personality, depression, and sleep problems” can occur naturally.

    Many of those are going to happen to everyone as they get older and after they experience a major life change, like retiring from professional sport. The current economy is having much the same effect on people all around the world.

    I suspect that lowering the bar to enter the suit is just dilute the case for those people who can document their neurological damage and establish their football career as the most plausible cause.

  38. 28loose: The salary is rellevent because I am convinced most of these guys are broke or can no longer live the player lifestyle and they see a gravy train.

    This case needs to be thrown out of court and these players need to be told, tough luck for you.

    BTW any player who chose not to where a mouth piece or not buckle chin straps should be eliminated from the case.

    Salisbury barely had a cup of coffee in the NFL

  39. You’re having full speed collisions with men that are 250 lbs. plus for two hours. You knew the risks when you put on the uniform.

  40. No one ever mentions the Players Association’s responsibility to inform the players of the dangers of football. There are hundreds of players over the decades that are in incredible amounts of pain and have dementia. There have always been hundreds of ex-players who are drugged out zombies trying to escape the daily pain. Why doesn’t the Players Association trot these guys out for internal workshops?
    I think the players know what they are getting into and have chosen to live for today and ignore their future.

  41. A lot of ignorance on this board. If the NFL knew of, but concealed, the long-term effects of concussions that would not be obvious just by virtue of football being a physical game, then the players did not “know what they were getting into.” It’s no different than a car manufacturer who knows of a dangerous defect in its cars but fails to disclose/recall the vehicle. Every driver knows that they could die in a car accident; that does not mean they would consent to driving a car that will blow up if they get rear-ended.

    The bigger problem for the players will be proving that they would not have played if the NFL did not withhold the information. To date, none of today’s college players have dropped out of the draft that I’m aware.

  42. I don’t know exactly what the suit is looking for. I would support a suit requiring the NFL to provide adequate medical insurance to NFL vets for their debilitating ailments – including concussions – since the NFL has made so much money off of their efforts. However, I think the cut-off should be post-NFLPA in the late 1980’s. Salaries ballooned out of control around that time. More than adequate compensation for their efforts. The old timers played for mere pennies in comparison and should be taken care of by the league.

  43. I seriously doubt if any of you played college football , much less pro ball, and you can’t imagine the punishment they took, and yes – they only thought what they were dealing out. Your wimpy aging concerns can’t even hold a candle to what these guys experience every day now!

    The Tyler Rose – as physical a running back speciman as there ever was – Earl Campbell – was just a young kid when I first heard of him at Texas – and now – he can barely walk. see: and voicing conerns way back in 2007: and:

    And the NFLPA? They are a joke. They only care about the current/voting players. And even former NFLPA President/Raider Guard Gene Upshaw – he totally abondoned the guy he played right next to during the Raider glory days of the 70’s – Center Jim Otto. Only the generosity of owner Al Davis kept players like Jim Otto from just putting a gun to their heads.

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