Report:NFL retirement board awarded 2M to 3 former players for brain injuries in 1999

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    Report:NFL retirement board awarded 2M to 3 former players for brain injuries in 1999

    This is a paragraph from yahoo.com.I've provided a link to read the rest of the article:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/report-nfl-retirement-board-paid-2-million-ex-163614698--nfl.html

    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."

     
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    Re: Report:NFL retirement board awarded 2M to 3 former players for brain injuries in 1999

    Agreed with Jints...that really doesn't look good.  Feigning ignorance, then wasting court time and league/owners' money by lawyering up with that particular argument and then having THAT come out?  Man...I don't see how that holds up.

    That said...the courts and judges (the system/the man) don't always (almost never) use common sense.  I mean....Apple was granted a patent on "a rectangle with circled corners/edges".   The ignorance in the system is beyond comprehension sometimes.

     
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    Re: Report:NFL retirement board awarded 2M to 3 former players for brain injuries in 1999

    Why not sue Pop Warner, his high school and college?  That's when the major damage begins.

     

     
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    Re: Report:NFL retirement board awarded 2M to 3 former players for brain injuries in 1999

    there goes the NFL.

     
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