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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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16.

QueeferSutherland    

Does something like that really need to be EXPLAINED???? Yet another example of people who want a quick buck. I bet that none of the former players that sued are currently commentators in the NFL. Stuff like this is so unbelievable.

1138 days ago
17.

bill    

I am sure the NFL did cover up or at least ignore what commonsense should tell you: Slamming you head against something to the point of blacking out over and over again over the span of years is going to do some long term damage. If it happens in boxing why wouldn't it happen in football? It's the same basic principle. If you NFL players need an example of what repeated blows to the head will do to you then I suggest you go to Google and type in: Muhammad Ali, Parkinson's Disease...

1138 days ago
18.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Yea, you mean to tell me these people want the world to believe someone else is responsible for their decision to play this game banging heads against other big 400lb neanderthals at that level was dangerous to their what little brains they already had?

Anyone who ever played pee wee or high school football knows what it feels like to get your clock cleaned at that small level. If you couldn't tell that was bad for your skull and brain, you had nothing there to lose in the first place.

Sorry, but they got paid BIG HUGE MONEY to cover those risks and that'll be the NFL argument and they'll win. Society today, even multi millionaire game players looking to blame someone else for their dumb decisionmaking.

1138 days ago
19.

you know it    

no, duh.

1138 days ago
20.

Zell    

What?! You can get a concussion from running into people and tackling them? Gee, who would've guessed.

1138 days ago
21.

Muppet    

This lawsuit is as ridiculous as the lawsuit filed against tobacco companies because they didn't explain it to every single person that tobacco causes illnesses such as cancer.Now footballers didn't realise they'd suffer brain problems? C'mon!! Everyone knows the risks and willing accepts the risks until it bites them in the arse! Then they turn around and want to make someone pay for their own stupidity! It's not rocket science that smashing your head into something repeatedly will cause injury! Didn't these guys get an education? Most people were taught this at a relatively young age! Seriously stupid lawsuit!
When will the courts start making people take responsibility for their own choices? This blame game has gone on far too long!

1138 days ago
22.

igotfleasfromtmz    

how do you cover up common sense- lets get some iq tests

1138 days ago
23.

Blizzard    

So let me get this straight, prior to being signed had these players known that playing football caused brain concussion, they would have turned down the offer to go pro? Ha! try again! greedy bastids, hope they don't get a red cent. Common sense should have already informed them of the risks of getting banged up...didn't have to be written in a contract!

1138 days ago
24.

Jen    

I also think that anyone who has been playing hockey, or any other contact sport needs to in turn, sue their respective leagues. This is no more than proof that you dont need brains to play football. ANYONE who claims they didnt know they could get hurt playing is obviously an idiot! They go to college, but still stupid! Can you REALLY honestly believe that noone knew they could get hurt? DUH!

1138 days ago
25.

Wishes    

Canon about an hour ago

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,.
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Canon, maybe YOU should have gone to college!! There is no such college as WORTON - it's Wharton, moron. Quit being so jealous of others, and try to build a successful life for yourself, loser.

1138 days ago
26.

Marc Foisy    

Good thing they had a study!

Are you kidding me!

You knew the risks going in. You got paid for it.

1138 days ago
27.

UNFAN ME PLEASE!    

...sounds like a reasonable bargaining ploy to use in the upcoming strike negotiations........HIT EM" and HIT EM' HARD!

1138 days ago
28.

Daniela    

Common sense is just not that common anymore. This is the world we live in; how sad.

1138 days ago
29.

j    

Getting hit in the head repeatedly can lead to a brain injury... you shouldn't need an NFL study or research committee to tell you that.

1138 days ago
30.

justme    

can i sue willy wonka for my addiction to candy?

1138 days ago
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