EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick Hruby has gone deeper into the lurid details of the NFL concussion lawsuit settlement offer than any other journalist we know. With the “Fairness Hearing” scheduled for tomorrow morning in Judge Brody’s court in Philadelphia, we wanted to get more details in front of all the retired players. We’re pleased to have Patrick’s permission to re-post his latest piece – and it’s not a pretty picture for anyone other than the NFL and its owners!
‘It Feels Like the Game is Rigged’
Why Former Players are Worried about the NFL Concussion Settlement
by Patrick Hruby
The retired National Football League player sounded apoplectic. He also sounded exhausted. Brain damage can have that effect. So can extended litigation.
This was last week. We were on the phone, discussing the proposed settlement of the class action concussion lawsuit against the league. The retired player had been a plaintiff in the case for years, followed most of the news, seen some of it unfold from behind the scenes. He wasn’t opting out or objecting to the deal. But he wasn’t happy, either. He didn’t want to go on the record, because he figured the NFL would use whatever he said against him.
Oh, and he didn’t trust his own lawyer — a prominent, powerful attorney on the suit — not to do the same.
“A lot of guys feel like something is coming to them, and that something is better than nothing,” the player said. “But we know that we got fucked. Across the board, everybody knows that.” Continue reading