Junior Seau’s recent tragic death put the exclamation point on the player safety issues that have been percolating for the past few years and this lawsuit was much longer in the making than just the 6 weeks since Seau’s suicide.
The suit was officially filed in Philadelphia on Thursday. With nearly a hundred suits being filed on behalf of over 2,000 players in the past year or so, it was decided to make one big case out of it instead. Since they all stem from the same issue, they unified the legal action.
Basically, the suit claims the NFL knew of the problems that have faced players regarding head injuries for many years and has done little to nothing about it until recently, and that even that isn’t nearly enough.
Of course, the NFL says the suit has no merit. I think that’s what everyone always says before a case in the public eye like this one is if you’re the defendant. It’s almost like the politi-speak in Washington that George Carlin (R.I.P.) had such a hilariously insightful routine about (among many other things). The NFL spokesperson said the suit alleges that the NFL sought to “mislead” players.
I think the facts should speak for themselves. It’s only been in the past 2 or 3 years at MOST that head trauma has become a concern of the NFL on a preemptive or preventative level. The players say things like NFL Films “glorified the violence” and they’re right, they did in many instance. Just watch some of the old “Voice of God/John Facenda”-narrated stories of the 60’s and 70’s. Some of it was almost poetic, but glorified violence of the game nonetheless.
NFL Films is NOT the NFL, however. This case should be in the headlines repeatedly this summer, so watch out for news as it happens. The NFLPA is NOT a party to the suit; it’s former players and a number of ex-wives who are suing for loss of alimony as a result of the lost income.
I think this will get more convoluted before it gets any clearer. Stay tuned.