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NFL Sued for Allegedly Concealing Brain Injury Risks

7/20/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the NFL, claiming it intentionally concealed the harmful effects of game-related concussions for NINETY YEARS.

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According to the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, the players and their wives claim, "The NFL knew as early as the 1920's of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players and the public."

Among the 75 players -- Mark Duper, a former wide receiver for the Dolphins, as well as Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton, both former running backs for the Giants.

The suit claims the NFL commissioned a study in 1994, titled "NFL Committee on MIld Traumatic Brain Injury" and published a report in 2004, concluding there was "no evidence of worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects" from multiple concussions.

And, the suit alleges, it was not until June, 2010, that the NFL acknowledged concussions can lead to dementia, memory loss, CTE and related symptoms. All of the players are claiming they suffered injuries as a result of multiple concussions.

In addition to suing the NFL for fraud, negligence and failure to warn ... Riddell -- the manufacturer of NFL helmets -- is also a defendant.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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Derek    

Damn that's messed up.

1156 days ago
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Nostradamus    

And how long has boxing been going on?

1156 days ago
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I am Spartacus    

just another thing to further stall the ending of the lockout. Retired players looking for more money when the current CBA being negotiated is getting them more money.

1156 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

now the former players putting their hand int he cookie jar greedy *****

1156 days ago
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ss    

I guess you have to be a brain surgeon, or some amazingly smart person BEYOND common sense, to know getting your head smashed and body trampled will and does cause injury...However those many millons of dollars these players get paid is just because they are "cute"...RIGHT??? Yep washed up and now unable to play for millons...they still want more...because they have "no common sense" and spent foolishly...

1156 days ago
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Canon    

I'm stupefied, hit's to the head cause concussions and brain damage. Boxing, football, etc. somewhat barbaric, but let's compare that to a beat down by Chris Brown.

1156 days ago
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Canon    

Also, Ivanka Trump is a retard (apologies to disabled people but I'm sure disabled people would think the same). She looks confused always. It seems her daddy's idea of sending her to that business college did not exactly work. Ie: I went to worton so so anyone going to worton will be successful. Hey donald you are successful because you inherited money,.

1156 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Recent sports science has helped dispel the myths of concussions, and the NFL has been one of the first professional sports to address this problem. They have instituted policies that somewhat conservatively limit players who get concussed. The testing, understanding, and treatment for concussions is largely due to proactive NFL safety concerns.
This lawsuit is ridiculous, everyone has known for a long time that repeated violent blows to the head isn't good for the noggin.

1156 days ago
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lisamorunning    

Is this serious? Where is the assumed risk on the players part? Come on, brain injury can happen when you continually slam your head into others and vice versa? Really. They better get the jury that Casey had, otherwise, dum basses!!

1156 days ago
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Kathy    

Really?? Common sense didn't occur to anybody in ninety years? I really don't think this was a big secret that getting your head pounded was dangerous to your health.

1156 days ago
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george    

You has beens didnt complain when you were cashing those big paychecks, but now that u losers cant find work cause your eggs r scramble, go sell cars u losers.

1156 days ago
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Bruno    

Really- they are claiming ignorance about the risks of repeatedly getting your head bashed? Where ever did they get the idea that it was a GOOD thing? Oh that's right, they are players. They need it explained in small words.

1156 days ago
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SSinOC    

If it can be proven that the NFL knowingly tried to down play this then they are at fault. I'm sure any ex NFL player is suffering from injuries to some extent for the rest of their lives.

1156 days ago
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Meanie    

Oh gee... lemme see... whacking your head repeatedly against a guy that is 400 pounds and running at you... What could POSSIBLY be dangerous about that? IT's no f'g wonder so many idiots play for the NFL - no brains to begin with.

1156 days ago
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TMS    

So, none of these players at any time during their careers ever bothered to talk to a doctor?

1156 days ago
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