Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ex-pros sue over head injuries

Ex-pros sue over head injuries |

 Ex-pros sue over head injuries
By: Associated Press , JournalNow Staff | The Associated Press
Published: June 08, 2012


A concussion-related lawsuit bringing together scores of cases has been filed in federal court, accusing the NFL of hiding information that linked football-related head trauma to permanent brain injuries.

Attorneys for former players say that more than 80 pending lawsuits are consolidated in the "master complaint" that was filed Thursday in Philadelphia.

Plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for the care of players suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions. Other former players remain asymptomatic but worry about the future and want medical monitoring. The helmet-maker Riddell, Inc. also is named as a defendant.

"I want this game to be around, to be a great sport, a sport that my own boys will be able to play and enjoy all the benefits I believe that football has," said Kevin Turner, a former running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots who is now suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The suit accuses the NFL of "mythologizing" and glorifying violence through the media, including its NFL Films division.

The cases are being consolidated for pretrial issues and discovery before Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody.

According to an AP review of 81 lawsuits filed through May 25, the plaintiffs include 2,138 former players. The total number of plaintiffs is 3,356, which includes players, spouses and other relatives or representatives.

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