Warren Sapp on Concussions

Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp (1995 – 2007 • Tampa Bay Buccaneers & Oakland Raiders) tells it like it is about football and concussions. Knowing what he knows now about brain injuries, Sapp wants his brain diagnosed for CTE when he passes away.

Updates on the Concussion Settlement

Here are two more filings from Judge Brody’s court on the NFL Concussion lawsuit settlement. One is a protection order to cover the master administrators of the settlement and the second filing is an update (incl Appendices) on progress so far as reported to Judge Brody.

Some interesting numbers on first glance:

As of June 5, 2017, 14,507 people have submitted registration forms, including 12,082 Retired NFL Football Players, 546 Representative Claimants, and 1,879 Derivative Claimants.

The Settlement Class Members are registering overwhelmingly through the online Registration Portal (over half of the registrations to date were submitted on an individual basis through the portal, while 39% of the registrations were submitted in bulk by law firms representing larger numbers of Settlement Class Members), and 55% of the Settlement Class Members are represented by counsel.

BrownGreer is continuously processing registration submissions and working with Settlement Class Members to cure any deficiencies that may exist. In addition, BrownGreer is working to confirm claims of legal representation asserted on behalf of Settlement Class Members, including conflicting claims by different lawyers and/or law firms.

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Shark Warning

Over the years, many of you have told me about those high-end loan scammers who have taken advantage of your situation while awaiting disability and pension settlements pending through the courts and arbitration processes. Not that different from high-interest check services and others who tie you up with high-interest loans using your future settlements as collateral. Unfortunately, many of you never received your earned benefits (as we’ve discovered) and end up with huge liens that continue to grow with compound interest. And some of you have had to declare personal bankruptcy to finally clean up that debt. While it’s late in the game, it’s good to finally see a proactive approach to this evil practice. Be forewarned.

Last week, attorneys for Kevin Turner and Shawn Wooden representing the concussion settlement plaintiffs requested a court order to notify all the players about ongoing solicitations and misrepresentation by several loan shark firms that have been openly contacting retired players offering them high-interest loans against possible future funds from the settlement offer. In many cases, highly deceptive communications were used in an attempt to sign up applications for these loans. Judge Anita Brody put her stamp of approval on sending out a warning notice to the players this Monday.

We uploaded the original request and the subsequent court order to Scribd to make it easy to view, print and download. You can click on the Full Screen button in the lower right corner of each document window for easier reading (just hit ESC to close).

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Here’s the 2017 NFLPA LM-2

Here we go with this year’s LM-2 filing for the NFLPA just released at the end of May. 525 pages this year!

Quick Glance: They now report 9,065 members compared to last year’s total of 6,542 members. And they closed the year with over $465 million in assets (compared to $401 million last year). DeMaurice Smith is still at the top of the salary tree with his nearly $2.7 million paycheck (and he has a line item for $67,000 of Super Bowl tickets!).

We encourage everyone to look over this latest filing and post a comment below on any interesting items that caught your attention (there are a few!).

We’ve uploaded a copy of the 2016/2017 NFLPA LM-2 to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close): Continue reading

Leonard Marshall Donates Brain to Ongoing CTE Study

Two-time Super Bowl winner, Leonard Marshall, is the latest retired NFL player to add his name to the growing list of brain donors for postmortem detection of CTE study.

Riddell Still in Court

Not a quiet off-season this year so far!

It seems that plaintiffs’ attorneys have been filing more detailed briefs recently in all the concussion lawsuits. While the main NFL concussion lawsuit is finalizing their settlement stage, helmet maker Riddell (the ‘official’ supplier for the NFL) is still going through litigation. Earlier this week, Seeger & Weiss and Lieff Cabrasser Heimann & Bernstein LLP filed a 107-page amended complaint against Riddell with more detailed claims and damages, as well as request for a jury trial. This is still in US District Court in Pennsylvania under Judge Anita Brody.

We uploaded the 107-page complaint to Scribd for easy viewing on our Blog and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close). (You can also download the entire document by clicking on that Download icon also in the lower right corner of the viewing screen.)

Riddell Concussion Lawsuit – Second Amended Complaint on Scribd

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Another CTE Lawsuit

Most of you know that as part of their “settlement” in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit, the League tried to dodge a bullet – or two – in not including or acknowledging the long-term problems of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) once the settlement was in place.

But for the players who died before the settlement, there was a window open for those who had CTE confirmed in their brains after death.

Adrian Robinson Jr

The estate for Adrian Robinson just entered a CTE/Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the NFL earlier this week with the US District Court of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Brad Sohn Law Firm and Andreozzi Associates filed a suit against the NFL and Riddell et al. Robinson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and had also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers as well. He committed suicide in May 2015 at the age of 25. Boston University confirmed the presence of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in a subsequent brain autopsy. Continue reading

Matt Chaney: History of American Football con’d

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our friend, Matt Chaney, continues to weave his incredibly fascinating history of American football.

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Civil War camps were major conduits for football’s cultural reach. Military units from everywhere, North and South, indulged the game as a fun substitute for drill, boredom — and an intense outlet for male aggression. Kicking a football was risky enough, especially for hurting legs, but many troops preferred rough action favored by college students, more body contact. “Foot ball and boxing matches are of frequent occurrence,” read a Union dispatch from Washington camps in October 1861, “and are participated in with much spirit.”

Outdoor athletics rose in prominence after the war, with “base ball” surging ahead before gladiatorial sport quickly caught up. Boxing garnered headlines although largely negative because of prizefighting’s illegality. News spotlight trained on the fresh import from England, Rugby School football. Rugby featured ball-carriers and tacklers on the run and colliding, daredevil entertainment for spectators. Continue reading

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit Dismissed

Well, that was a surprise.

Today, Judge Alsup limited the scope and plaintiffs in closing the NFL Painkiller lawsuit. Only 9 players and 12 claims will stand as part of the dismissal and summary judgment in this suit. The judge claims the lawyers and plaintiffs were cherry-picking their players and examples cited in the long, original filings. Hope there’s an appeal on this ruling. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs’ attorneys have until June 1st to file their motions for class certification on the remaining claims.

We uploaded this 14-page filing to Scribd for easy viewing on our Blog and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close). (You can also download the entire document by clicking on that Download icon also in the lower right corner of the viewing screen.)

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss – Summary Judgment on Scribd

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Harvard Football Players Health Study Released

Harvard has been conducting a large study over several years, collecting information on physical and brain injuries of NFL football players and comparing the results with injuries in other professional sports (NHL, MLB, MLS, NBA, CFL). Many of you have participated and this detailed study was just released May 15, 2017.

We hope to be posting some interesting findings as this study circulates.

We uploaded this 285-page study to Scribd for easy viewing on our Blog and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close). (You can also download the entire document by clicking on that Download icon also in the lower right corner of the viewing screen.)

Harvard Football Players Health Study Released on Scribd

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Sheilla Dingus: The CTE Lawsuit that Made it to Court

EDITOR’S NOTE: So why hasn’t this wrongful death lawsuit gotten the coverage that other lawsuits have received? Earlier this year,the NFL lost their arguments to block this suit from moving forward. And it was because of CTE! Our friend, Sheilla Dingus, explains some of the important details that come back to bite the NFL in the a$$!

Recent Court Ruling in DeCarlo Wrongful Death Lawsuit May Prove Beneficial to Other CTE Cases

by Sheilla Dingus
January 28, 2017

Art DeCarlo • Steelers

In November 2015 a wrongful death lawsuit (attached below) was filed against the NFL by Arthur DeCarlo Jr., son of Arthur “Art” DeCarlo Sr., who was a defensive back in the NFL from 1953 through 1960. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1953, DeCarlo Sr. was quickly traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played for a year prior to enlistment in the Army. While still in the Army, his contract was traded to the Washington Redskins. Afterward, he finished his NFL career playing for the Baltimore Colts from 1957 – 1960. “DeCarlo was exposed to numerous concussive and sub-concussive blows throughout his NFL career, [including] . . . loss-of-consciousness concussions where DeCarlo was subsequently returned to game play within the same game, within several plays of having been rendered unconscious,” states DeCarlo Jr., in the lawsuit. Continue reading

Just Say NO to Drugs, Roger!

So in recent weeks, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has used his soap box to condemn marijuana use by players as an alternative to the addictive opioids and other painkillers that the League’s team doctors continue to administer to their players. But what he seems to forget is that the current CBA actually had to finally acknowledge that each team doctor is tied by their Hippocratic Oath to put their patients’ well-being over the teams’ interests, as has generally been the case over the years. For the League, it’s always been about ROI (Return On Investment) regardless of any player’s health.

As part of the Dent vs NFL lawsuit, Richard Dent’s attorneys also pointed out that team doctors have generally been in violation of federal, state and local laws in many instances when they transport painkillers across the country while accompanying their teams to keep these players drugged and ready to play through their injuries. The NFLPA also chimed in and cites the clarification in the current CBA (as cited and attached in this NFL filing). The PA has even been pushing for no penalties on use of medical marijuana lately.

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Concussion Settlement Misinformation Continues…

It’s always a good thing when the media continues to cover the plight of the retired players. But is it just me or do the stories keep getting more and more inaccurate? I mean, where do they come up with this sh*t? I continue to correct the media every time it’s reported that it’s an $875 million settlement.

It’s NOT! The cap was officially removed – and all with the NFL’s loving approval – when the judge had it explained to her that it would be insufficient to cover all the possible claimants past, present and future. And of course, the League went along with it without any objections so the settlement would go through without a full-blown trial and any discovery. And most of us know why. Based on their long and established history of rigging the entire approval process from start to finish, is there any doubt that the majority of players applying for their concussion benefits will likely get kicked to the curb after going through a long and arduous process? Just as in the past with their earned pensions and disability benefits? Can a tiger ever change its stripes?

So then this coverage comes out of ABC affiliate WFAA out of Dallas TX. While it’s always a good thing to see media coverage on the NFL CONCUSSION Lawsuit, inaccurate reporting never helps anyone. There is NO CTE coverage – let alone acknowledgment – in the Concussion Settlement Offer. Period. And of course, the NFL couldn’t be happier with this media “cooperation” in protecting their false image.

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From TEDx 2016: David Camarillo – Why helmets don’t prevent concussions — and what might

An interesting 16-minute talk from former college football player David Camarillo and currently Assistant Professor at Stanford University.

Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

One more tragic ending to what started as a very promising career. Does anyone have any doubt about the role brain injuries had in all of this?

Aaron Hernandez, former NFL player, found dead in prison cell, officials say

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder in 2015, killed himself in his prison cell Wednesday morninghttp://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/19/aaron-hernandez-former-nfl-player-found-dead-in-prison-cell-officials-say.html, officials said.

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