The spotlight on the effects of concussions suffered by NFL players may have gotten a bit brighter when four wives of former players joined a lawsuit that claims in part, the National Football League did not do its part to ensure that its players were educated of the dangers and risks of concussions associated with playing the game of football.
According to a press release issued Thursday morning, the suit charges that the NFL and other defendants “intentionally and fraudulently misrepresented and/or concealed medical evidence about the short- and long-term risks regarding repetitive traumatic brain injury and concussions and failed to warn players that they risked permanent brain damage if they returned to play too soon after sustaining a concussion.”
It is courageous and bold for these women to join their husbands in this fight. Sports wives often make great sacrifices to hold their families together while their husbands are playing ball. However, retirement, whether forced or voluntary, doesn’t guarantee that life after sports will be peachy. It can lead to a painful and stressful existence (emotionally, financially, and physically) that is not often exposed to the public.
Watch this legal matter with a hawk’s eye because it could turn the world of football upside down. Players at all levels suffer concussions, and most disturbingly, there are increases of concussions amongst youth players, as discussed in THIS VIDEO by Doctors Sanjay Gupta and Drew Pinsky (Dr. Drew). Recognizing and perhaps acknowledging the problem, even the NFL and the NCAA are taking steps to curb it.
Regardless of the outcome of this lawsuit, something has to change to protect the players we love to celebrate.