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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:45 AM

NFL Board Paid $2M to Players While League Denied Football-Concussion Link

Source: PBS

The NFL’s retirement board awarded disability payments to at least three former players after concluding that football caused their crippling brain injuries — even as the league’s top medical experts for years consistently denied any link between the sport and long-term brain damage.

The board paid at least $2 million in disability benefits to the players in the late 1990s and 2000s, documents obtained in a joint investigation by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and FRONTLINE show. The approvals were outlined in previously unpublished documents and medical records (pdf) related to the 1999 disability claim of Hall of Fame center Mike Webster.

The board’s conclusion that Webster and other players suffered brain damage from playing in the NFL could be critical evidence in an expanding lawsuit against the league filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylania. The lawsuit (pdf), which involves nearly 4,000 former players, alleges that the NFL for years denied the risks of long-term brain damage and “propagated its own industry funded and falsified research to support its position.”

Bob Fitzsimmons, a Wheeling, W.Va., lawyer who represented Webster in his disability case and is co-director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, described the retirement board’s conclusions as “the proverbial smoking gun.”

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Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/concussion-watch/nfl-board-paid-2m-to-players-while-league-denied-football-concussion-link/

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highplainsdem Nov 2012 OP
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Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #2
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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:50 AM

1. As long as the penalties for covering up are less than the true cost, this shit will continue.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:02 AM

2. +1

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:04 AM

3. Football cannot be played safely

Therefore people should not be playing football.

At a minimum schools should not be promoting this dangerous game. (yes I played but my son won't)

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:58 PM

4. I can hardly stand to watch it anymore, too busy anyway.

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