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Old 02-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Several former Saints player among the former players suing NFL.

Eleven more ex-players sue NFL in Louisiana over concussions

NEW ORLEANS -- Nearly a dozen former NFL players living in Louisiana have sued the NFL, the latest players to accuse the league of failing to protect players from the risks associated with concussions.

Several former New Orleans Saints players, including John Fourcade, are among the 11 ex-players named as plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New Orleans. The lawsuit says each of them has developed mental or physical problems from concussions or concussion-like symptoms.

Several similar suits blaming the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease already have been consolidated in Philadelphia. More could be added. The NFL has vowed to vigorously defend itself.

Football helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc. also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in New Orleans.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses the NFL of ignoring players' concussion risks for years "despite overwhelming medical evidence that on-field concussions led directly to brain injuries and frequently had tragic repercussions for retired players."

A 2000 survey of more than 1,000 former NFL players found that more than 60 percent had suffered at least one concussion, while 26 percent had suffered three or more during their careers, according to the lawsuit.

"Those who had sustained concussions reported more problems with memory, concentration, speech impediments, headaches and other neurological problems than those who had not been concussed," the suit says.

The lawsuit claims the league has only recently taken action to address the problem.

The other plaintiffs are: Tyrone Hughes, Eric Hill, Curtis Baham, Raion Hill, Maurice Hurst, Treverance Faulk, Keaton Cromartie, Vince Buck, Charles Commiskey and Tyrone Legette. Wives of the players also are named as plaintiffs in the suit.

Fourcade, 51, was a quarterback for the Saints from 1987 to 1990 and played at Mississippi.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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I'm outa money. Quick! Find something to sue for!!

I hate this ****.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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Why not start at the Pee-Wee football level?

I got my "bell rung" many times there.

Went to John Curtis and those practices were BRUTAL! SUE EM!

If I had played ball in college, sue them too! Why not?

At least you were earning a wage as a professional.......

I am retired from the U.S. Army. I have certain issues with situations that I was put in and had to order my subordinates to carry out. BFD! Should I sue my nation even though I signed contracts to remain on active duty the entire time?

No.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:51 AM   #4
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Maybe they got a case, maybe they don't ... I know since the '70s Riddell has been working on developing new helmets to help prevent against concussion and the game in general has changed to address this issue. Who remembers the good ol' days when you could headslap or forearm shiver an offensive lineman senseless? Or the days when they told you to bury your facemask in a defender's chest when you're blocking him or get your head in there when you're tackling? The game has come a long way in protecting the athletes since then.

This is why I've always been kind of lukewarm on Jhavid Best of the Lions, the whole concussion-lawsuit thing ... and with his history of concussions (dating back to college) they're still talking like he's going to be ready to play next season ... just another lawsuit waiting to happen, IMO.

IDK, I see this in hockey also with the evolution of technology, equipment and athletes. The players are too big, too fast, too well-conditioned and too well protected ... they play with a reckless abandon they did not play with before the advances in sports equipment, makes them feel invincible but they wind up with more serious injuries & shortening their careers.

Makes for a better game maybe, but opens the door in our litigious society.

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Old 02-19-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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This is the label attached to the back of Riddell helmets:

WARNING: NO HELMET CAN PREVENT SERIOUS HEAD OR NECK INJURIES A PLAYER MIGHT RECEIVE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN FOOTBALL. Do not use this helmet to butt, ram or spear an opposing player. This is in violation of the football rules and such use can result in severe head or neck injuries, paralysis or death to you and possible injury to your opponent. Contact in football may result in CONCUSSION-BRAIN INJURY which no helmet can prevent. Symptoms include: loss of consciousness or memory, dizziness, headache, nausea or confusion. If you have symptoms, immediately stop playing and report them to your coach, trainer and parents. Do not return to a game or practice until all symptoms are gone and you have received medical clearance. Ignoring this warning may lead to another and more serious or fatal brain injury.

Any questions, John Fourcade?
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Once again, I see why Goodell is being forced to turn the NFL into flag football.
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This is the label attached to the back of Riddell helmets:

WARNING: NO HELMET CAN PREVENT SERIOUS HEAD OR NECK INJURIES A PLAYER MIGHT RECEIVE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN FOOTBALL. Do not use this helmet to butt, ram or spear an opposing player. This is in violation of the football rules and such use can result in severe head or neck injuries, paralysis or death to you and possible injury to your opponent. Contact in football may result in CONCUSSION-BRAIN INJURY which no helmet can prevent. Symptoms include: loss of consciousness or memory, dizziness, headache, nausea or confusion. If you have symptoms, immediately stop playing and report them to your coach, trainer and parents. Do not return to a game or practice until all symptoms are gone and you have received medical clearance. Ignoring this warning may lead to another and more serious or fatal brain injury.

Any questions, John Fourcade?
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:06 PM   #8
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I'm not sure all these claims are valid. I've had 7 or 8 major concussions playing rugby. The kind where you become aware of where you are hours later. I've scored a dozen tries that I don't remember while I was concussed. I don't exhibit any of these symptoms. My first concussion(knocked the f*** out) was over 30 years ago and I don't "appear" less sharp. If they don't want to play an aggressive physical game learn how to play checkers!!!
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Case should be and will be thrown out. If this case is allowed to go forward then is it ok to sue car makers if you get in accident and are hurt, are they responsible for your injuries?
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