Category Archives: Football
Timothy Petersen, who played for the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins in the 1970s and 1980s, has joined thousands of other players in claiming that the NFL consistently denied any relationship between symptoms of CTE, or other neurodegenerative disorders, and the repeated blows to the head they suffered in playing the game, despite mounting evidence of a connection.
“These denials and active refutation on the part of NFL agents, constituted fraud (unintentional or intentional) and concealment of information directly related to the Plaintiffs’ causes of action,” according to the complaint.
Representing Peterson in the May 10 filing was Massachusetts lawyer Anthony Tarricone of Kreindler & Kreindler and Philadelphia attorney Sol Weiss of Anapol Schwartz. Their client is seeking monetary damages in excess of $75,000, lost wages, punitive damages pursuant to state law, interest and other court relief.
Peterson alleged that he suffers from symptoms associated with multiple traumatic brain injury and CTE, including lesions on his brain, which have adversely impacted his memory.
His rationale for waiting to file was allegedly tied to the recent onset of symptoms.
“Because of the continuing tort of concealment and fraud carried out by the Defendant, and his ongoing difficulties with his memory, it was not until recently, that the Plaintiff had the ability or any reason to consider that repeated head impacts suffered during his career were the cause of his present symptoms and that his symptoms were caused by conduct, misconduct and omissions of the Defendant,” according to the complaint.
In a state where football is practically a way of life, one Texas legislator has drafted a proposal that would supplement insurance already offered by school districts. This is just another step that reinforces what many feel is part of the changing landscape in youth sports—in this case, how to arm parents with the resources to offset the costs of properly diagnosing and treating head trauma.
The pilot program as proposed by Brownsville Democratic Rep. Eddie Lucio III focuses on “supplemental concussion insurance for boys who play football and girls who play soccer.”
Texas school districts currently offer insurance to students participating in sports. However, Lucio’s proposal “gives parents the option of buying extra insurance for ‘around $5.’” And would guard against “concussion-related symptoms (that) sometimes don’t appear until after students graduate and lose their district insurance.”
The house version of this bill passed on May 7th.
If approved by the Senate, the University Interscholastic League and the Texas Education Agency would administer the policies which would be underwritten by private companies. Both the UIL and the TEA would also select the districts to benefit from this pilot, which Lucio hopes is “a cross-section from around the state.”
Eugene Egdorf of the Lanier Law Firm in Houston doesn’t hide the fact that he sits on the plaintiff side. So when we asked him late last month for comment about a story we were doing for Concussion Litigation Reporter about NFL players withdrawing from the concussion litigation against the league to pursue NFL contracts, he shared his overall opinion on the controversial litigation.
“What should matter are the actual relevant facts:
“1. The NFL had concussion data it hid from the players;
“2. There are dozens of dead and disabled former players all suffering from brain injuries attributable to football;
“3. The science on cause and effect is indisputable.
“4. Some of the scientists who conducted research on the issues for the NFL are so appalled that their work was hidden that they are coming forward on behalf of the players; and
“5. The NFL’s ‘defense’ is centered on the provisions of collective bargaining agreements – not science or the facts of the case.”