More than 2,000 players in the National Football League have come together to file a federal lawsuit against the league alleging that it failed to inform players about the neurological risks associated with the sport, reports CNN.
“I firmly believe the NFL could have and should have done more to protect Ray. That’s why I am seeking to hold the NFL accountable,” Mary Ann Easterling, widow of former Atlanta Falcons player Ray Easterling, who committed suicide in April after suffering with dementia, says in a statement. “Having lived through Ray’s struggle, I desperately hope and pray others can be spared the pain and suffering we have endured — and still endure every day.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthey notes that there’s nothing new to the suit other than that it merges the more than 80 pending lawsuits together.
“Our legal team will review today’s filing that is intended to consolidate plaintiffs’ existing claims into one ‘master’ complaint,” he says. “The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.”
What do you think? Do you think the players knew the inherent dangers of possible injuries from playing such a rough sport? Or should the league have done more to inform them?