Posted August 29, 2013

Players, agents react to NFL’s $765M concussion lawsuit settlement

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The concussion settlement, including plaintiffs' legal fees, may cost NFL owners almost $1 billion total.

The concussion settlement, including plaintiffs’ legal fees, may cost NFL owners almost $1 billion total. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

The NFL will have to pay up to $765 million to a group of approximately 4,500 former players who sued the league over concussion-related issues. But is it enough?

Not hardly, based on the initial reaction from players (current and former) and agents to the settlement announcement. The near-unanimous opinion appeared to be that the NFL got off light in the case, which some thought would cost the league upwards of $2 billion before all was said and done.

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Former linebacker Aaron Curry, who just announced his retirement this week, was among those who took to Twitter to express disappointment with the developments:

Current Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, always one to speak his mind, at least acknowledged that the $765-million fee was better than nothing, though he joined Curry in wondering what it will really accomplish:

Others, including ex-NFL player LeCharles Bentley were less magnanimous. Bentley sued the Browns following his retirement in 2009, after he contracted a serious staph infection while attempting to rehab a knee injury.

Agent David Canter of DEC Management unleashed a series of angry tweets in the moments following the settlement’s announcement. Included were the following:

One-time NFL tight end Alex Holmes, who played his college football at USC, cut more directly to the heart of the matter:

Seau tragically took his own life last year, then later was diagnosed with CTE — a degenerative brain disease linked by some studies to head trauma caused by the violent collisions in football.

10 comments
Steven43
Steven43

the only group that really benefited it the lawyers !

 

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Does this make Frontlines upcoming documentary superfluous?

Bounty Hunter
Bounty Hunter

Lets see..Most of these guys got paid several million dollars through out their playing days..I know the guys that played 20+ years ago were not making a million a game but for their time it wasn't WalMart wages either..Didn't they think it was a dangerous game? They wear pads and helmets so injury is almost a sure thing..So learn how to BANK your playing day wages, tighten your belts and buy some health insurance like most regular people have to do..I feel bad for your injuries but I personally have had my share of surgeries etc and don't want or demand hand outs from my employers..........

HE_MAN
HE_MAN

The players are a bunch of hypocrites.  The complain about how the NFL is sissying up the game by not allowing them to launch at a quarterback’s head or lead which their head when they make a tackle, yet they sue the NFL for being responsible for their own decisions back when those hits were legal.

I feel bad for the players individually, but they all had the opportunity to weigh the risks when they were playing the game.  They chose fame and money over safety.

eddie767
eddie767

I know i'll probably get some nasty comments,but a the players and families got punked by lawyers,NFL and their own. If you sue someone,you go for broke. Now the lawyers get $200+ mil.and on avg.the player get $200 thou. There were 1400 player/family and 20 lawyers,you do the math. For the NFL,they don't admit guilt,they win.

Daniel45
Daniel45

The sad part is even if they get the $170,000 apiece that will get sucked up by medical bills really quick

David G
David G

The average payout for the 18,000 former players is $42,500.  That is not much for all they went through. 

The NFL clearly won this one. 

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

@eddie767 The plaintiff's attorney fees (approx. $200 million) are to be paid by the NFL over and above the $765 million settlement.  Thus the NFL will be out about $1 billion.  I just think the lawyers should not be paid until every players gets their settlement.

Bounty Hunter
Bounty Hunter

@David G the article says 4,500 players.............Maybe I missed something but didn't read 18,000

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

@Bounty Hunter @David G There were 4,500 ex-players named as the plaintiffs, however the $$ can be accessed by all ex-players who apply and are shown to be concussed while a player.