Interesting Post! Solutions is what is needed.
If this litigation does go to Court, it is my belief that the NFL would be guilty on some lesser charges. There is much more to this. The NFLPA should be co-defendents. All litigants know the risks of injury, Players, Owners, NFLPA, colleges, on down.
1) Retired players only? How many current Players in the suit?
2) All the Collegiate Football Programs would also be found culpable if the curtain falls on the NFL alone. Who are they rooting for?
3) THe NFLPA is as much culpable as the NFL Owners. The NFLPA did address safety in contract talks and The NFL owners complied. Many changes. This lawsuit is only a paint a picture by the numbers by the NFLPA hiding behind former players.
4) The Players ARE the NFLPA. The former players are also.
5) Class action? Strength in numbers,the phonies will also join up.
6) How about former owners? Are they culpable also? Wonder what the public owners of the Packers feel about it as a jury in waiting?
7) Is this lawsuit all about Brains? Or are feet and legs included?
8) 17% of HS and Collegiate players already have symptoms of Brain Damage. Look it up! The players know about the risk just like pre-NFL days.
9) NFL owners & NFLPA are guilty of not implementing an Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) test to confirm no brain damage before the combine. Expensive but worth it. The NFLPA is guilty as well by not insisting.
10) Submit to testing and live with it, only then we know the time frame -accurate - and where and when of injuries. The NFLPA should take an equal position of responsibility and culpability.
11) Not sure what injury clauses are in place now but apparently they are currently agreeable to all sides. That to me as a juror would sway me to The
Owners position. They were all aware!
12) There needs to be an improved health system set in place. Solutions are what is needed. Enter/during season/exit criteria for all players. What presently constitutes 'passing the physical'?
13) Yep, all the deep pockets (Liddell) will be called into Court to demonstrate their crash tests.......
When a concussion occurs the brain releases an increased amount of two chemicals, glutamate and choline. Increased choline is a marker for damaged tissue and glutamate is toxic at high levels, which when allowed to remain by multiple concussion injuries to the brain and not given time to dissolve. That time limit is a variable with each injury. Glutamate will dissolve over time but choline is a permanent scar on the brain.
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) which will be able to determine how severe of a concussion the person suffered from and how it has effected the brain. This test is similar to an MRI but also measures chemicals in the brain. These two chemicals do cause emotional problems. Pee in a cup, test blood and do an MSG scan before the combine/draft. I do'nt see any Two certified Neurologists disagreeing over the scan...too obvious.
How else would the Owners & NFLPA KNOW that the draft picks do'nt already have indications of 'toxic levels of glutamate on the brain'- caused by concussions - resulting from 3-4 years of Collegiate football? If a player refuses then he is not draftable, All UDFA would also be tested.
No!! this is not the same Glutamate like we eat from certain foods.....
Good wishes to all and Thanks for comments and interesting reading.