In a move that’s sure to sound familiar to most retired players who have tried to access their earned disability benefits in the past, lawyers from both sides of the concussion “settlement” have agreed to the NFL’s proposal to set up two panels to review (and approve or disapprove) appeals. The two players named in this agreement were Kevin Turner and Shawn Wooden – represented by Christopher Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP – and the League was represented by Brad Karp from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
We all know how fair the NFL always plays when it comes to handing out disability benefits that each retired players has already owned: Run your ass through a long and arduous process, often even finding you 80%+ disabled and then still managing to have their panel unanimously turn you down. Then on and on through and appeals process that you already know is not going to end well. And never mind that one of their original two doctors on their concussion committee turned out to be rheumatologist (who got his degree from Mexico!) Read that earlier post by clicking HERE.
But what does Weiss know or even care about the long history of abuse to the players? They’re already too busy fighting with the other lawyers over who’s going to get a bigger piece of the $112 million in legal fees that the NFL dangled in front of their noses.
And BTW – Something else we’ll probably post more about next week: Where the hell is DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA in all of this? Ya think that maybe he’s believing what Gene Upshaw used to say? “I don’t work for the retired players!”
Selection of Appeals Panel/Doctors on Scribd