The NFL has come under a lot of fire recently for not putting enough focus on player safety. As more and more research is conducted on post-concussion effects and the association of football with traumatic brain injury, these attacks and debates are only going to increase and intensify.
The amount of litigation is also only going to increase. Reuters, via the New York Times, reports that over 100 former NFL players, including Chris Doleman, Jamal Anderson and Jessie Tuggle, have filed lawsuits against the league on Thursday.
More than 100 former NFL players on Thursday sued the league claiming ongoing debilitating effects from head injuries, joining a group of some 1,500 retired players who have brought legal action on the same grounds, a plaintiff's attorney said.
The latest lawsuit on behalf of over 100 plaintiffs was filed in federal court in Atlanta, said lawyer Kirk Pope. It seeks an unspecified amount of damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical treatment.
This may very well be the beginning of years of legal battles. It is certainly something worth keeping an eye on and may end up becoming an important part of the player safety debate.