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I may pilot Michael foxnews.com I'm Kimberly Delphi agreement didn't have a little bit of football here and wouldn't watch -- -- I love football and NFL -- sweet about it.
And other players and get a dedication neighboring city game we've had some special features on this program about players that have.
I really have their lives -- impacted in terms of lost the ability to function and there everyday life that -- not a medical bills inability to get.
Employment after they leave the NFL and we're joined our special guests and Eugene Steely -- lawyer like the rest of us here -- -- but he's also CEO.
The ET -- associates and an NFL agent.
And that we invited him here today to kind of -- discuss this lawsuit that's taking place in the merits of it in you know kind of the process as it's it going -- Well what's happened over the last few months -- since July.
There have been three separate lawsuits filed by NFL players of the toll stands at 120 players right now players and their lives.
Former players including some big names like Jim McMahon -- Jamal Lewis Dorsey levens at.
And the gist of the lawsuit is that they allege that while they played in the NFL.
He NFL concealed information they deliberately concealed information about.
The long term neurological effects repeated head trauma multiple concussions.
And as a result -- they're facing debilitating effects right now.
A lot of these players are financial distress yes and it comes down to willful disregard that's what they're alleging that the NFL knew or should've known.
About these long term neurological effects but he -- information from players.
And it wasn't till October -- October 2009.
At the behest of congress when he NFL finally instituted.
Certain post concussion protocols.
-- player now must pass battery of tests before he's allowed to return to the practice field -- to a game after he suffered a concussion.
And the players are alleging that when they played they weren't educated they -- protect the -- They weren't given the safeguards now it sounds like there's and the allegation is that there is sort of bad you know -- systemic and that they in fact actively.
Willfully disregarded a known -- and in fact concealed them so that you know.
Malice right there and that they wanted to keep the players on the field and playing and so they withheld information.
How -- they alleging that this information was withheld were medical reports not.
You know fully complete it's adopted -- examination and where some -- -- reports -- health and what was kind of a pattern.
I don't know if it goes is that indefinite -- that the general -- where they really didn't take the time to really educate players on the dangers inherent risks of playing football -- -- put him back and maybe when they might -- under you know you compare football to other sports such as hockey for instance.
You look at those examples Sidney Crosby last year for the penguins.
Sidney Crosby was out for ten months after suffered a concussion.
He only recently tried to go back on the ice and then you know after couple hits in his back off the ice again.
But the NFL players are saying hey and other sports you're held up for an entire season after he suffered concussion.
In the NFL sometimes you're asked to go back -- campaign game and as recent school quite last month.
Where you know he was lying motionless -- on his back after the results of the vicious helmet to helmet hit -- James Harrison.
And was taken off field for a couple plays and put back in the game was not even evaluated for -- head injury which is ridiculous and student.
Expected at this point and he and that they would actually do something about -- holding out.
Overnight evening you know thank you checked into a full check it expects -- to see whether or not they're able to return into the next weekend or something that I was very surprised by that and what rights if any do the players Africa for example if he wanted to say look I'm worried about this.
I need to I don't want to go back in the game right now I know there's a lot of movement keys knowledge veteran like the -- -- -- for the team and all and that's how I think that if he -- to say insert himself and if there's any time contractual.
Violation there might be individual to the player but.
Can I have some right I wanna get -- stay out and -- sit out the rest of this game like you can't make me go back and second half full court.
Does not really hold the browns accountable he's seen it it is a violent game and that he's not really put the blame on the ground right now.
The NFL PA has stepped in and they've really pushed the lead after this happened.
The league has added a new independent trainers every game now whose sole purpose is to monitor players for concussion related engines.
So there is some type of response from the NFL and I think that coupled with colt's injury and a slew of lawsuits by former players -- seeing an immediate immediate reaction.
Yeah I mean do you think though there have real hesitant players want depending on where they are in their contract.
Whether or not they have -- to contact her -- contract or any kind of incentives -- you know it is the type thing built into the front.
You know it's hard because they want to play they wanna be able to make money they wanna be able to get the stats and everything -- tremendous pressure.
Right -- not whine about stuff the only way to make -- happen isn't it.
You know there on the field.
And you lead to the NFL's main defense that's the assumption of risk argument yes.
That the players do the compensation they're receiving do the perks such as the playing the celebrity of being an NFL player.
Even if players 5101520.
Years ago would've known.
In the NFL head instituted post concussion protocols and better educated players the -- is alleging that.
Hardly any if nothing don't none of these players would quit playing the game to none of them -- -- -- planned none of them would have retired.
But it's -- I guess the overall.
Kind of made -- mentality.
Of big game in the culture of the gave me last night.
It feeds into it you know you have players out there baby wannabe warriors on on Sunday afternoon -- Monday night they wanna go out there and play -- play through injuries.
And you know you can look right now the NFL allege that.
Even now with post concussion protocols instituted.
In the education of players on the risks of head injuries.
How many NFL players currently stopped playing the game due to the risk.
And so they're gonna say that even -- -- for a later exactly but it's it's the trade -- it's about you know the lucrative contracts to receive nowadays the famed celebrity being.
In NFL player -- Because it just seems and I and other special player organizations that deal with us now we've had him on this program.
Where you have these players that are suffering from you know a lot of psychological problems financial problems.
Unable to get employment they -- -- -- burns to their money they're not able to pay their medical bills.
I'm suffering from depression anxieties with all of the above and then and many who have then gone to become.
Dependent substance abuse you know.
Becomes prevalent and because they're unable to cope -- -- they weren't you know in these are very masculine -- -- -- being the warrior every Sunday and now there have been a hard time an -- in the house that's one level that they can't walk up and downstairs -- And they're having headaches as they start taking pain pills for that and you're used to sort of getting the medication some of the arguments and it made it.
You know -- give you shots -- give you all the stuff to get you back out and on the field if you're injured and you know which also can make you susceptible to more you know head injuries and.
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