HOUSTON - Twenty-eight former NFL players on April 24 filed a personal injury lawsuit in Houston, home of the Houston Texans, claiming the NFL has purposefully attempted to hide a well-known link between concussions and permanent brain injury (Jordan, et al. v. National Football League, No. 4:12cv1296, S.D. Texas [Houston]).
Among the 28 players filing, are Hall of Famers Randy White, Bob Lilly, and Rayfield Wright; Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor recipients, Lee Roy Jordan and Chuck Howley; and former Cowboys Charlie Waters and Walt Garrison.
"Despite overwhelming medical evidence that on-field concussions have led directly to brain injuries and tragic repercussions for its retired players, the NFL not only failed to take effective action to try to protect its other players from suffering a similar fate, but also failed to even inform its players of the true risks associated with concussions," says lead attorney Matthew C. Matheny of Provost Umphrey law firm. "Some of the plaintiffs can't even remember to pick up their kids from school due to the brain injuries they will carry with them until the day they die."
The complaint alleges the NFL failed to research, inform and take reasonable action to mitigate the risks associated with multiple concussions, thereby breaching its duty to the players.
The NFL oversees America's most popular spectator sport, football, and acts as a trade association for 32 franchise owners. The NFL governs and promotes the game of football, sets and enforces rules. The teams share a percentage of the League's overall revenue. NFL revenues far exceed any other sports league, frequently surpassing $7 billion annually.
The case has been assigned to Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas here.
The plaintiffs are represented by Matheny and Thomas Walter Umphrey of Provost Umphrey in Beaumont, Texas, and Jacqueline Bley Ryall of Clint W. Lewis & Associates in Beaumont.
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