While all the focus has now been on the soap opera surrounding the NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement, it’s important to remind everyone that many of the retired players and their families have still been mired in the tangled mess of fighting for their EARNED disability and retirement benefits. The League’s longstanding MO of Delay, Deny and Hope They Die has certainly not changed at all. Which was why we originally helped to promote the Opt Out campaign over 3 years ago. But then many of the attorneys eventually convinced us that the settlement offer was the best version possible while also trying to play the guilt trip about “hurting those who could not wait much longer.” So we ended up going along with the herd and almost everyone opted back on board. Well, here we are heading towards the end of the year and the lawyers are still fighting over who’s in charge and who’s going to get the biggest piece of the upfront lawyers’ fees that the NFL dangled in front of their noses to get to a quick settlement and avoid a long trial. Continue reading
These clips speak for themselves. Thanks to our anonymous friend player justice on YouTube!
And Seeger’s statement following the meeting:
Judge Anita Brody’s statement on her closed hearing from Nov 13 2017 on the NFL Concussion Settlement with Chris Seeger, the NFL attorneys and a Special Master representative.
Here’s the episode on HBOT that FOX Business Innovations with Ed Bagley Jr. aired last night on Remembrance Day.
Meanwhile, the team owners are still negotiating Roger Goodell’s new contract that would be well over $40 million a year with bonuses and perks (including access to a private jet for life). They could build a chamber in each of the teams’ training facilities for less than what they pay this idiot in one year!
It’s also been rumored that Paul Allen has already had a chamber in the Seahawks’ training camp for a while now.
NOTE: This form is now disabled as the meeting time has passed. Thanks for sending all your emails!
This form will be sent as an email to Judge Brody’s office to communicate your objections to the closed-door conference to be held on Mon. Nov 13, 2017. You can read our earlier posts on this secret hearing – just click HERE and HERE.
Interesting week and it’s still not over yet. On Friday, Locks Law Firm, Zimmerman Reed, Girardi Keese, Goldberg Persky White, McCorvey Law and Pope McGlamry filed letters of objection with Judge Anita Brody. This was to protest the short notice and closed hearing that Judge Brody filed this Wednesday regarding an “update meeting” to be held only with Chris Seeger, the NFL attorneys, as well as the Special Masters overseeing the Settlement. NO plaintiffs were included either! (Read that earlier post and those filings by clicking HERE.)
Then this got slipped into the qualification rules on Wednesday but did not officially show up in the system until late Friday (and a government holiday for Remembrance Day on Saturday) via electronic filing. Sounds like NFL Disability Testing Rules 101 all over again. (Good find, Sheilla Dingus!)
So here’s the objection letter from Locks: Continue reading
And where is Drew Brees, the great humanitarian, when guys need support? He is another modern-day hypocrite ball player.
Meanwhile, the lawyers are too busy fighting over how to split up the huge upfront gift the NFL dangled in front of their noses to give a crap about the players!
After a very painful 22 – 16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks are tallying up their injuries and losses off the field, leading to a lot of discussion on whether this added night is worth the damage.
A Seattle TV station – KING5 – recently sent out a detailed injury survey directly to former Seahawks players that confirmed many answers most retired players already knew over the years after retiring. Continue reading
If nothing else makes you mad as hell, then this certainly will…
For all you players who have already applied for your settlement and continue to wade through the process (What else is new?) while the lawyers continue battle it out for their slice of the legal fee pie, here’s some more crap to piss you off!
Earlier today, Judge Anita Brody filed a notice for an update conference to be held privately in her chambers this coming Monday, Nov. 13, 2017! Then a second notice was filed almost immediately afterwards that basically locked all the other attorneys AND players out of her conference except for “lead” attorney, Chris Seeger! WTF?!!
“Class Counsel must be represented solely by Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger, Esq.”
Chris Borland shares a public service announcement with the Union of Concerned Scientists on CTE.
The football colleges continue to scout for football talent and offer them scholarships to get them on board their money machines. Of course, based on NCAA rules, college athletes are not allowed to make any money. Because that would be “unethical.” No salaries. No disability benefits. No endorsements. But you did get a football scholarship!
Never mind that each of these colleges make millions from broadcast revenues, ticket sales, licensing and products because of these athletes who actually do all the work. Generally, the majority of college players are given scholarships for one thing and one thing only: Their football skills and contribution to their teams. And sadly – as most of you have also shared with me – when any players get permanently injured, the majority of them will lose their scholarships. Of course, there are a few of you who managed to make the most of your scholarships and went on to careers that your college degrees provided.
Had no idea there was an online database of NFL player arrests over the years. Also interesting: A note on this site states “…there are 1700 NFL Players and their arrest rates are lower than the USA arrest rate.“
Click HERE to access their site.
Well, now comes the single most important part for the lawyers in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit – but you knew this was coming!
Here’s a copy of the 22-page declaration from Seeger & Weiss filed on Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 filling in the details on how the $112.5 million+ offered by the NFL will be doled out to the primary attorneys and their law firms for their “contribution” to the concussion lawsuit. That $112.5 million has already been gathering interest since it was first placed in escrow, adding another $338,602.08 in interest, along with an additional $1,368,050.20 in escrow to the original settlement numbers. So the total being paid out to the lawyers now before the players get anything? $114,206,652.28! Yes. That’s $114 MILLION!
It’s also interesting to see the hours claimed by some of these firms when we damn well know they didn’t really put in that much time at all. (You’ll see who we mean!)
And all while only a few players have finally received anything from the settlement; most of them are still waiting on their testing and evaluation for approval. And of course, this piece only covers the legal fees dangled by the League as part of the settlement. Then each of you players will also be forking over 30 – 35% of any settlement funds to your individual attorneys before you even receive one dime yourselves. And that’s if you actually get approved by their process. But we already knew that.
Our friend, retired Bronco, Larry Kaminski (Denver Broncos 1966 – 1973) was as surprised as most of us to discover what the NFLPA – YOUR Union – has been doing with your money. (Our post from yesterday – click HERE to read.) All while continuing to play a strong role in denying the majority of older retired players from accessing your earned disability and pension benefits. And paying DeMaurice Smith millions in annual salary and benefits.
Larry was pissed enough to fire off a letter to the PA this morning. Do you agree?
Aside from not providing the real help that most retired players need, it seems that the NFLPA has also been spending your union dollars to promote political agendas, including donations to organizations such as the Center for Community Change Action among many others. Why is this particularly interesting? Well, it turns out the PA donated $5,000 of YOUR money to this left-wing organization funded by none other than billionaire George Soros. Why even donate to this organization when it’s already well-funded by one of the richest men on earth?
It may interest retired players to find out that some of your union dollars have been donated to many political groups with leftist agendas. Most of you know that Soros funds many “activist” groups that continue to stir the political pot globally. A pure sociopath if we ever saw one. And as we’ve started to discuss, there’s no doubt that sociopaths are drawn to the game of football, from top to bottom. With 32+ billionaires owning NFL teams, how many of them do you suppose are likely sociopaths? And among the teams, how many of the coaches and players are likely sociopaths (and I’m not talking about sociopathic behavior that can often accompany brain injuries and concussions)? After all, where else can you get paid big bucks to beat the crap out of others publicly and have huge crowds of fans to cheer you on? Food for thought.
But back to the point of cooperating with Soros; does anyone not know how much he has stoked the flames before, during and after our election? And now your union is donating YOUR money to these types of organizations before helping players with their needs and benefits? Seems like more of this has been going on since DeMaurice Smith took over your union.