Retired Players: Back of the Bus… Again!

Bumper-StickerI don’t know about anyone else but I’m thoroughly disgusted by the NFL, the NFLPA and the lawyers once again. But what else is new? Seems like everyone is pushing hard to get the NFL’s concussion settlement pushed through as soon as possible. But it’s not because most retired players will actually get paid soon if at all. Most of you players are now realizing that CTE will NOT be acknowledged let alone covered with any of this settlement money. But the lawyers will get paid almost immediately after the final settlement is fully approved; and not just with that hefty $112 million legal fee treasure chest the League dangled in front of them. If any players get lucky enough to qualify for a settlement after you jump through their hoops and doctors’ mazes, your attorneys will pick up another 30 – 40% of any money you eventually receive. But we already knew that, right? So what’s going to get you worked up today?

Seems like there was another little group that’s also waiting in line for a quick payoff should this deal get finalized. Turns out that Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurers are also lined up outside the door right behind the lawyers to get their piece of the windfall. Yep. The same people who – in all too many of your cases in the past – turned you down for benefits are now looking to collect up to 20% of any settlement money. Why? Because the NFL should have been paying for all of your work-related injuries in the first place so now these people want to come in and take their money back. Kinda like that old joke about divorce: The screwing you get for the screwing you got.

We were only made aware of this recently but there has been some coverage on this from April on Bloomberg News:

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BIAA Brief Filed on Behalf of Retired Players

The Brain Injury Association (BIAA) filed an Amicus Curiae – or Friend of the Court – Brief yesterday on behalf of the retired NFL players who are defending their appeal against accepting the current NFL concussion lawsuit settlement offer. The Brief was submitted on their behalf by attorneys Shana De Caro and Michael Kaplen (De Caro & Kaplen, LLP).

We uploaded the 44-page BIAA Friend of the Court brief to Scribd for easy downloading, reading 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).

BIAA Amicus Curiae Brief favor of appellants

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The Speech Sydney Seau was NOT Allowed to Make at Hall of Fame

This was the speech Sydney wanted to give in honor of her father, Junior Seau, at this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction yesterday.

And This is How It’s Supposed to be Done!

brass-ballsIt took a while for the retired NHL players to file their own concussion lawsuit against their League but perhaps they were kicking back to watch the NFL lawsuit unfold first. Or fall apart.

In another positive move, U.S. District Court (Minnesota) Judge Susan Richard Nelson ordered the NHL and its teams to provide relevant documents and data to the plaintiffs’ attorneys. While there were some restrictions and concessions in what will be released, this is a significantly different outcome so far from the NFL suit that’s now being appealed by some of the players who chose to opt out of the settlement offer made by the League earlier this year. And all WITHOUT any discovery or open disclosure, let alone a full-blown trial.

As this suit advances, we can probably expect it to be a much more aggressive and uncompromised litigation, hopefully leading to a full and open trial. Does anyone know if any of the NFL players’ attorneys are involved at all with the NHL players lawsuit? (Sure doesn’t look that way – these guys have balls!)

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At Least She’s Not a Proctologist!

Earlier this year, the NFL appointed its first Chief Health and Medical Advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, who is also president of Boston’s prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Sanjay Gupta did a short interview with her yesterday on CNN:

But while Roger Goodell is trying his best to be politically-correct in finally selecting a woman as their lead medical advisor, this doctor isn’t a neurologist. If you remember, the original MILD Traumatic Brain Injury Committee was led by Dr. Elliot Pellman, a rheumatologist; Dr. David Viano, a biomechanical engineer; and Dr. Ira Casson, a neurologist (also referred to as the infamous “Dr. No.”).

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Brady’s Deflategate Appeal Hearing

deflategate-patriots-fansThe entire 457-page transcript of Tom Brady’s Deflategate hearing was just released. So for those of you with too much time on your hands, it’s now uploaded to Scribd for easy reading and downloading. One thing you’ll note is how much NFLPA’s attorrney, Jeffrey Kessler, still loves to hear himself talk.

Still trying to figure out why he only got a 4-game suspension for cheating. Perhaps if they hadn’t cheated, Brady and the Broncos might never have reached the Super Bowl in the first place. But then, all the bookies would probably have put out hits on everyone so they wouldn’t have to refund everyone’s bets for a rigged season. I mean, Goodell suspended Ray Rice for 2 games and then he was ejected from the team… for wife-beating. Cheating? 4 games. And Brady wants to appeal!

And what if Brady and the PA lose their appeal? Should he actually be given a bigger punishment?

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REAL Shaming Works!

Turd is still a Turd AwardFunny how real shaming works. First the NFL and all the lawyers who had the most to gain from the phony concussion settlement tried to stir up some of the players and their families into shaming those who had the guts to call a bad deal a bad deal by opting out and filing appeals. Thankfully, that didn’t gain much momentum.

Then they decided to lock the Seau family out from speaking at Junior Seau’s Hall of Fame induction because of some obscure rule they cited that never seems to be enforced.

And this morning, we noticed that an ESPN video clip we’d posted last week about the Seau’s mysteriously disappeared. Click HERE. (Does the NFL actually think they can completely erase every story that it ever happened?)

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NFL’s Concussion Problem Solved!

Many of you know that I’ve been involved in the battle against the NFL and the NFLPA over the past 7+ years (hey – why take sides?) for their longstanding mistreatment of its retired players. And the biggest problem that certainly won’t be going away soon is the concussion issue. Even with a so-called “Settlement” moving into place, appeals may even end up overturning it or once again splintering it all back into the original Mass Tort lawsuits that were the basis of every individual player’s claims.

But it turns out, I may have come up with a perfect solution for the League’s ongoing concussions problem! And it was right under our noses all the time! We may have a total Win-Win solution that could go take football into the next century without anyone objecting or ever suing everyone again! Why didn’t anyone think of this before?!! (This is why they pay me the big bucks!)

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How They Determine Punishment in the NFL

So now with all the media hype focused on Deflategate and Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension, it’s time to lighten things up a bit. And I’m sure everyone would love to know just how Goodell came up with punishment for having squishy balls on the field.

So how could I resist testing out this brand new version of Roger Goodell’s NFL Punishment Generator myself? Deadspin posted this up earlier today and I typed in “I did not help my friend when he needed me” and this was what came out after answering a few funny questions:

Roger Goodell Ruling Meme

Want to try it out? Click on the picture below:

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Matt Chaney – The 1890s: Cerebral Risks Confirmed on Gridiron

Brain Injury in American Football:

130 Years of Knowledge and Denial

Part One in a Series

By Matt Chaney

Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015

old football gameAs American football officials tell the story today, brain injury among players is a fledgling issue, identified only in recent years, the 2000s.

Administrators, coaches, trainers, doctors and researchers of contemporary football say they have only begun to grasp brain risk for players, while otherwise declaring no need for alarm. Officials say parents and children must not worry because dangers are exaggerated and countermeasures are in place.

The game embraces “concussion awareness” as never before, committing unprecedented dollars to research and prevention. “Heads Up Football,” for example, the program said to teach headless hitting to youths, is a household term for its $45 million in development and publicity funded by the NFL and players union.

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