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Ex NFL players file for traumatic head injuries

Posted on July 7th, 2012

Complaints are being filed by thousands of ex-players for the NFL who suffered from traumatic head injuries. These complaints suggest that the NFL exalts the brutality of the sport for profit.

The claims accuse the NFL of being negligent in informing the players of the connection between repeated traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries. According to the complaint, these injuries could even lead to Alzheimer’s, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

More than 80 suits have been filed by over 2,000 players.

Since the 1970’s, the NFL has known about the increased risk of repetitive head injuries, but supposedly did not take measures to address the issue until 1994. From 1994 until 2010, the NFL attempted to contain medical literature linking these injuries and post-career brain damage. The complaint notes that while doing so they “produced industry-funded, biased and falsified research” that denies that head impacts lead to serious risks.

Spokesman Brian McCarthy states that “The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so.”

The suit also contains complaints against Riddell Inc, the official helmet maker for the NFL since 1989.

The players believe the NFL’s reasons is purely economic and they revel in “ferocious collisions” that show the viciousness of the sport.

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