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TXGSP 11-16-2012 01:18 PM

Looks like new Concussion Lawsuit material has surfaced...
 
Looks like this one bit of information could be a pretty damaging to the league...

Report: NFL retirement board paid $2 million to ex-players while league denied concussion risks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports

Report: NFL retirement board paid $2 million to ex-players while league denied concussion risks

According to documents obtained in a joint investigation by PBS' "FRONTLINE" program and ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the National Football League's retirement board awarded at least $2 million in disability payments to at least three former players after reaching the conclusion that football was the cause of their brain injuries.

In 1999, the retirement board determined that the late Mike Webster, a Hall of Famer who played 17 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Pittsburgh Steelers before finishing his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, was "totally and permanently" disabled due to repeated blows to the head he received as an active player. Webster passed away in 2002 at age 50 and was the first former player to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy after donating his brain for research.

Bob Fitzsimmons, Webster's attorney in that disability case and the current co-director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, believes the conclusions reached by the retirement board to be the "smoking gun" in current lawsuits against the league.

"It's pretty devastating evidence," said Fitzsimmons. "If the NFL takes the position that they didn't know or weren't armed with evidence that concussions can cause total disability permanent disability, permanent brain injury in 1999, that evidence trumps anything they say."

Rugby Saint II 11-18-2012 12:16 PM

Re: Looks like new Concussion Lawsuit material has surfaced...
 
The NFL has done a pretty good job of witholding evidence, but something is going to sneak out.


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