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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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61.

entprof    

Either the NFL takes care of their own or we do when they go on disability. The sport generates billions annually and they can't take care of those crippled and maimed by the sport - pathetic.

1194 days ago
62.

Bob    

"no evidence of worsening injury or chronic ***ulative effects" from multiple concussions."

That's counter-intuitive. Besides, research has shown that it puts people at a greater risk of a variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia pugilistica.

Heck, research has shown that retired American football players who have suffered from three or more concussions are at a significantly greater risk of developing clinical depression.

1194 days ago
63.

some guy    

I agree with entprof.

Make him your new commish, IMO.

1194 days ago
64.

wonkers    

I guess it is the same law suit that the woman who sued McDonalds with. Coffee is hot, do not spill it on your lap. Football is hard, getting hit on the head may give you a concussion, and concussions are bad.

Really how stupid are these players????? Do they need their entire helmet covered with saftey stickers like our cars are?

They should sign an agreement when they come into the league. That says "You are going to get hurt, you may end up crippled and out of your mind, do you still want to play football? ____yes ____no...please sign at the X ____________________.....

If they sign, they can lay and make millions. If they don't sign, they can go to walmart and be a greeter.

1194 days ago
65.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

The NFL is run by people who used to play football. They all have multiple brain injuries and many are technically brain dead. So of course they forgot to warn players about brain concussions. They´re lucky if they can remember how to tie their shoes.

1194 days ago
66.

Pamela    

OMG, like these meatheads had no idea they were playing a dangerous sport. Give me a break. Are they so foolish to believe multiple concussions have no lasting affect. IDIOTS!! Money hungry low lifes IMO I'm sick of the whining over paid meatheads!!!!

1194 days ago
67.

jdr    

This story is the LOL all day.

1194 days ago
68.

Jodi    

If the NFL KNEW and WITHHELD this information they should held accountable. IMO, boxing should have been looked into decades ago.

1194 days ago
69.

GBeach    

I have not read all of the comments so this may have already been said: EVERYONE knows that playing football (or really, any sport) can lead to injury. I mean, you're not playing barbie doll people. So its the NFL and Riddels fault that you more then likely took all of that money you made and blew it so now you have none left?! Grow a pair and get over it you ungrateful morons. This is another example of a useless, stupid lawsuit.

1194 days ago
70.

Ro    

Ok, I'm in shock that these "NFL Football Players" that are suing didn't know that getting hit in the head was going to cause injury. Everybody knows this dumb asses! It's common sense, people (DUH!)!! Come on, even a 12 year old kid could have told you that. You don't need studies to tell you that. Give me a damn break. These guys are just money hungry SOB's! What idiots

1194 days ago
71.

Bethany    

This is exactly why the economy is bad everyone is suing eachother. R u really going to go infront of the world and say "i didn't know that cuncussions can affect me in the long run". What a bunch of D**BA$$'s!

1194 days ago
72.

bunny    

Concussions can also lead to Chris Benoit syndrome.

1194 days ago
73.

Kelly    

I'm shocked. Are these players really that stupid? It's stupid lawsuits like this, that make people want to come here. "Hmmmm, let's see. If I spill hot coffee on me, I can sue. If I do other stupid things, I can sue more." I mean really? Are Americans going to have to have warning labels on EVERYTHING?????

1194 days ago
74.

Hello    

You know that logo is like so 5 years ago right?

1194 days ago
75.

gregg bingham    

to the nay sayers

what if i told you that you are going to die next year of brain cancer thanks to the cell phone you use...you know those " harmless " micro wave transmissions passing through your brains all day...NEWS FLASH ....hind sight is 20-20.. all the effects are starting to show up now that didn't before...well before was then and now is here and its happening daily ...better hope some study doesn't come out on micro waves or your all in deep duty..i can hear em now in 20 years ...geez anybody knows micro waves kill brain cells

1193 days ago
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