Ex-players sue league for brain injuries

The National Football League is being accused of hiding information on game-related brain injuries in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Philadelphia. The lawsuit consolidates more than 80 other similar pending actions, say lawyers quoted by the Associated Press.

The plaintiffs are former NFL players themselves, hoping to hold the league to account and make it responsible for the care of players undergoing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions caused by head traumas when they were playing football.

From the Associated Press (via CBC):

The suit accuses the NFL of “mythologizing” and glorifying violence through the media, including its NFL Films division.

“The NFL, like the sport of boxing, was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows producing sub-concussive and concussive results and the fact that some members of the NFL player population were at significant risk of developing long-term brain damage and cognitive decline as a result,” the complaint charges.

“Despite its knowledge and controlling role in governing player conduct on and off the field, the NFL turned a blind eye to the risk and failed to warn and/or impose safety regulations governing this well-recognized health and safety problem.”

The league has denied similar accusations in the past.