The NFL is being sued by 75 former players, according to TMZ.com, for concealing information regarding the long-term damage effects concussions have on athletes. The players also named helmet manufacturer Riddell in the lawsuit.
The players (and their wives, apparently), claim that the "NFL knew as early as the 1920's of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players and the public."
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court according to TMZ, a gossip website, and includes Mark Duper, Otis Anderson and Rodney Hampton among the players suing their former employer.
Essentially, it comes down to the NFL not acknowledging the risks of concussions -- including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, dementia, memory loss and other similar repercussions -- until only recently after issuing reports in both 1994 and 2004 that ignored the possible side effects related to concussions.
There are many NFL players being affected by this disease later in their lives, leading to better research and more stringent testing.