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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:00 pm    Post subject: NFL paid for brain injuries, denied link to football Reply with quote

Long read, but well worth it.

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The NFL's retirement board awarded disability payments to at least three former players after concluding that football caused their crippling brain injuries -- even as the league's top medical experts for years consistently denied any link between the sport and long-term brain damage.

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The board's conclusion that Webster and other players suffered brain damage from playing in the NFL could be critical evidence in an expanding lawsuit against the league filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit, which involves nearly 4,000 former players, alleges that the NFL for years denied the risks of long-term brain damage and "propagated its own industry-funded and falsified research to support its position."

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"Professional football players do not sustain frequent repetitive blows to the brain on a regular basis," members of the NFL committee wrote in a December 2005 paper in "Neurosurgery," the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

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However, board documents obtained by "Outside the Lines" and "Frontline" show that the NFL retirement board determined in 1999 that repeated blows to the head had left Webster, who spent most of his 17-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, "totally and permanently" disabled. The board based its finding on the diagnoses of five doctors, including a Cleveland neurologist hired by the board to examine the player. The doctors described Webster as "childlike" and showing signs of dementia.


http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/page/OTL-Mixed-Messages/nfl-disability-board-concluded-playing-football-caused-brain-injuries-even-officials-issued-denials-years
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So essentially, the NFL is accused of faking scientific research to support their claims that football didn't cause brain injuries, all the while the retirement board was paying out disability payments to players who suffered brain injuries while playing.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going to be interesting to see how everything plays out now that this is in the open...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

#braindamagegate
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All this is getting dumb. The NFL should just close down. Dead serious.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

skatebeanz wrote:
All this is getting dumb. The NFL should just close down. Dead serious.


Speechless.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikek163 wrote:
skatebeanz wrote:
All this is getting dumb. The NFL should just close down. Dead serious.


Speechless.


Agreed




So...

If all this was done before Goodell got here, how will people try to link it to be Roger's fault???
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.... BUT THE NFL WOULD NEVER TRY TO COVER ANYTHING UP AND OR FAKE EVIDENCE!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QB Connoisseur wrote:
.... BUT THE NFL WOULD NEVER TRY TO COVER ANYTHING UP AND OR FAKE EVIDENCE!

Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminds me of tobacco companies... claiming no link between smoking and lung cancer.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe_is_the_best wrote:
Reminds me of tobacco companies... claiming no link between smoking and lung cancer.


while paying for the cancer treatments of smokers
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NFL deserves to get taken to the cleaners over this.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harper41 wrote:
#braindamagegate


i know i shouldnt laugh, but thats pretty damn funny
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why isn't it required for all players to wear special concussion helmets? That's what I want to know.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IDOG_det wrote:
Why isn't it required for all players to wear special concussion helmets? That's what I want to know.


Whoever makes those rules doesn't care about player safety as much as the NFL acts like it does.
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