Apparently, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of former professional football players, who are still poised to mount a legal challenge against the NFL for its past handling of the concussion issue.
Attorney Matthew C. Matheny of the Provost Umphrey law firm announced on Monday the addition of 27 additional football players to its roster, pushing the firm’s total plaintiffs to 150 in the litigation.
“The bottom line is that the NFL has put its profits ahead of the health and well being of its players,” said Matheny. “Wanting their players on the field entertaining the fans instead of on the training tables is an attempt to protect a multi-billion dollar business, and purposefully side-step and obfuscate the link between multiple head injuries and the lifelong brain trauma my clients suffer from every day.”
Among the players suing the NFL are the first African-American scholarship winner and second African-American athlete in the Southwest Conference Jerry LeVias, former Texas Aggie Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow, former Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Talley, former Dallas Cowboy guard John Niland, and former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. The complaint alleges the NFL failed to research, inform and take reasonable action to mitigate the risks associated with multiple concussions, thereby breaching its duty to the players. The NFL oversees America’s most popular spectator sport, football, and acts as a trade association for 32 franchise owners. The NFL governs and promotes the game of football, sets and enforces rules. The teams share a percentage of the League’s overall revenue. NFL revenues far exceed any other sports league, frequently surpassing $7 billion annually.
Provost Umphrey represents plaintiffs across Texas and nationwide, with lawyers in Beaumont and Houston, Little Rock, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee.