Larry Kaminski has Something to Say to His Union

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?

Larry Kaminski Letter to NFLPA RE: Soros Donation on Scribd

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Ah Yes – Your Union Dollars at Work for You!

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.

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Hernandez CTE Lawsuit Against NFL and Patriots

And here is the 18-page lawsuit filed in US District Court in Massachusetts by the Baez Law Firm on behalf of the Hernandez family and estate late last week against the NFL and the New England Patriots.

This lawsuit may come with Unintended Consequences for all sides involved and I suspect it will also evolve and  change as it progresses. At this early stage, it’s interesting to note who is currently omitted so far that may end up getting added later as things progress:

Riddell – The “Official Helmet of the NFL” was also included in the original concussion lawsuits and was probably the helmet of choice throughout Aaron Hernandez’s career starting at the age of 9. Which then also leads us to:

Pop Warner/Pee Wee football – His long and early history of starting at such a young age will be something that will certainly be explored by both sides. And it’s interesting to note how concussion suits don’t include high school,

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Aaron Hernandez: Stage 3 CTE

THIS JUST IN: The results of a post-mortem study on Aaron Hernandez’s brain were just released this morning and Dr. Ann McKee’s team at Boston University disclosed that he had advanced Stage 3 CTE. Stage 3 is typically found in much older players in their 60’s and 70’s so this discovery is alarming. Hernandez had apparently committed suicide this past April in his jail cell where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd, in 2013.

I’ve had an ongoing discussion with many players as well as brain doctors regarding links between sociopathy and football. So many players drift into sociopathic behavior as their front lobes sustain the greatest damage from sustained hits over their careers. And we’ve also heard about erratic behavior from all too many players’ spouses and families about the changes in their personalities and the effects on their daily lives.

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Oh Boy! Another NFL Concussion Study

At this point, everyone knows the NFL’s standard approach to controlling the media and the dialog about all-things-football. It was last September when the League made that huge announcement on their $100 million partnership with the CDC to study concussions just as football season was starting. Well, it’s football season again – time to make a new announcement!

We also know that when things don’t go their way, it’s time to throw more money at something else until you get the results you want. And now with more confirmed statistics emerging on the overwhelming presence of CTE in retired players’ brains (post-mortem now), it’s time for another distraction.

In an earlier post about the League’s dissatisfaction with the results so far with that $100 million pledge to fund concussion studies with the CDC (click HERE to read that post), you may recall their original promise to uphold the importance of an objective hands-off approach. Well, that didn’t last very long. With over $40 million remaining of their $100 million pledge, the League tried to step in and have one of the neurologists removed from the study. When that didn’t go their way, they immediately withdrew their commitment for the balance of the study. (Sounds like a lot of your contracts too, doesn’t it? If you don’t collect your money up front, you’re probably going to get screwed).

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Strokes: What did They Know and When Did They Know it?

As a few of my closest friend already know, I ended up in ICU exactly 2 weeks ago because of a hemorrhagic stroke. Totally unexpected and caught everyone off-guard – especially me! I was fortunate for many reasons, one of which was being able to recognize the symptoms quickly and then NOT being a typical guy in how I responded!

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Concussion Lawsuit Plaintiffs: How Much is Enough?

More of the plaintiffs in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit just filed their objections to the high “industry-standard” fees that many of their designated attorneys are expecting to receive should a clear settlement actually come through. As cited, most of these plaintiffs had little communication or actual work done by the lawyers they had signed with in the early stages of organizing the class while many attorneys had also jumped on the bandwagon much later.

We’ve uploaded this 18-page motion to Scrbd to make it easier to print and download. You can also enlarge this document for easier viewing by clicking on the Enlarge button in the lower right corner (and hit ESC to get out of Full Screen mode).

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When Things Don’t Quite Go Your Way…

And even if it’s just a paltry few million, you know the League will still cut your study off at the kneecaps if they see the results totally going against them; they won’t ever hesitate to cut off your pledged funding.

Remember back 5 years ago when the NFL tried another PR stunt by making a pledge to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) for $30 million to study the link between football and concussions (just like they did by helping kick off Sports Legacy Institute – now called the Concussion Legacy Foundation – with their initial $1 million donation!).

Our friend, Patrick Hruby, wrote a terrific post about that settlement deal back in November 2015 – click HERE to read that piece.

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Final Order on NFL Painkillers Lawsuit

Judge William Alsup issued his final ruling in the NFL Painkiller lawsuit on Friday and it’s clear that he leans more in favor of employers over employees.

Our friend, Sheilla Dingus, posted some interesting initial observations on Alsup’s ruling on her site Advocacy for Fairness in Sports. (Posted here in its entirety with her permission.)

Judge Alsup Denies Remaining Claims in NFL Painkiller Lawsuit

July 22, 2017
Sheilla Dingus

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OJ Simpson Granted Parole after Serving 9 years

After being in a Nevada prison for 9 years of a possible 33-year sentence for armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole unanimously by the state parole board. He could be released as early as October 1st.

One More Court-Ordered Shark Alert

Last month, we posted a Shark Alert about the nasty attorneys who have been using every dirty trick they can to get retired players to sign up for “legal representation” in order to get an unearned cut of their possible settlements now that all the legal work has already been done by the original law firms who filed the lawsuits. And the order also covers those “loan” companies also crawling out to offer high interest cash advances against players’ future settlement money that they might receive. Several have even tried to make themselves look like they’re official NFL Settlement firms. You can read our June 14th post – Shark Warning – by clicking HERE.

There are already some players dropping these bottom-feeding lawyers and they’re now facing liens being imposed by those same lawyers arguing the “value” of their so-called services. Even though this isn’t one of those huge million-plaintiff class action lawsuits, the amount of money involved is significant and certainly setting some new lows.

The New York Times Ken Belson recently wrote another detailed article on this feeding frenzy last weekend and it’s cited in the Appendix in this order. You can read After N.F.L. Concussion Settlement Feeding Frenzy of Lawyers and Lenders by clicking HERE.

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Bob Stein on the NFL Films Dental Plan

EDITOR’S NOTE: We just received this update from Bob Stein on the NFL Films Dental Plan so posting it now to keep everyone informed!

To my fellow retired players –

The Dryer v. NFL Settlement Agreement called for NFL payments of $50 million. The majority – about $42 million – will be paid over 8 years into a non-profit Common Good Entity to benefit retired players by donating to other charities and health/welfare organizations for specific charitable purposes including medical research, medical screenings, mental health programs, wellness programs, career transition and health/dental insurance. It also established an agency to license retired player publicity rights, the original subject of the Dryer litigation.

The Common Good Entity and Licensing Agency are managed by the Pro Football Retired Players Association with a Board made up of retired players. They decide where the money is used and how the Licensing Agency operates.

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NFL Films Settlement Dental Plan

A couple of players have reached out to me and asked about a notification letter they just received from the Pro Football Retired Players Association. The letter included membership information for a dental plan provided by MetLife as part of the settlement, apparently for the life of the settlement.

I sure don’t remember any dental plan as part of the settlement but hey – if it’s included, why not?

If any attorneys or players can provide more details on this, please feel free to share what you know.

Here’s a copy of the letter (just click on the letter to enlarge for easier reading and hit ESC to close). Name is covered to protect the innocent.

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Concussion Settlement Opt-Outs Get More Time

On Wednesday, Judge Anita Brody signed off on an order allowing the Opt-Out plaintiffs in the NFL concussion lawsuit to file a longer amended complaint, provided it’s filed by July 11, 2017.

We just uploaded the 3-page order to Scribd to make it easy to print and download. You can also enlarge this document for easier viewing by clicking on the Enlarge button in the lower right corner (and hit ESC to get out of Full Screen mode).

ORDER Allowing Opt Outs to Proceed w Second Amended Complaint on Scribd

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