NFL concussion suit

It sure sounds as if the NFL actively hid their findings about concussions from their own players for a long time:

PHILADELPHIA — NFL officials conspired to hide evidence linking concussions to dementia and brain disease, seven retired players charge in the latest lawsuit filed on the subject.

The fraud and negligence lawsuit filed in Philadelphia accuses the National Football League of publishing nonscientific papers written by biased members of its medical committee, while denouncing valid research that suggested a link.

The plaintiffs include former Philadelphia Eagles Ron Solt, who suffers from substantial memory loss, and Rich Miano, a University of Hawaii assistant coach who is asymptomatic but seeks medical monitoring.

At least eight similar lawsuits have been filed in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida. Two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon and more than 100 other players have signed on, citing symptoms that range from occasional memory problems to depression to degenerative brain disease.

“Rather than warn players that they risked permanent brain injury if they returned to play too soon after sustaining a concussion, the NFL actively deceived players, by misrepresenting to them that concussions did not present serious, life-altering risks,” charges the suit filed Wednesday, the third to be filed in Philadelphia.

The NFL will ask federal judges next week to consolidate the cases there before U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who has experience with multi-district litigation and was assigned the first NFL concussion case last summer.

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