Montador Estate Renews Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against NHL

Steve Montador CTE

The National Hockey League might have gotten off easy with the majority of the class that took part in a concussion lawsuit settlement in 2018, but the estate of one former player is holding out for a potential day in court. After securing a preliminary victory in federal court when Judge John Z. Lee ruled the executor of the late Steve Montador’s estate, his father Paul Montador, can proceed with a claim against the NHL in the state of Illinois, the estate has done exactly that.

On Oct. 25, the Montador estate filed its complaint with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill. It demands a trial by jury and alleges four counts against the league and its Board of Governors.

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A Case For Josh Gordon, The Man

Josh Gordon - the Man

Josh Gordon successfully applied for reinstatement in the NFL as the 2021 season got underway and is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. While he awaited a decision from Roger Goodell, fantasy team owners  got excited again at the prospect of seeing him back on the field and watching him put up the big numbers we have grown accustomed to. Fans and talking heads alike also got to speculate on air and on social media about how long he would be able to stay on the field this time. 

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Protect your mentals and your chickens

protect your mentals and your chickens

Naomi Osaka making the decision not to talk to the press after games, during the Roland Garros tournament, citing her mental health as one of the reasons, started a conversation that I hoped would get us closer to what we have pretended to do in recent years: acknowledge the humanity of athletes regardless of their fame, success, and get real about the role we play in making those spaces unsafe for them. It didn’t. Instead, it showed me how far we still have to go and how far off target we are when directing our displeasure. 

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Two Reputable NFL Player Brain Studies Getting Underway

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I always advise caution when former players ask me if I think they should participate in this study or that, and I usually say, “NO.”  The reason for that is that most of the studies I’ve been asked about were either sponsored or funded by NFL and/or NFLPA.  I think of this similar to a Miranda violation with no warning where your data will most likely be manipulated and used against you and others.

That said, there are a few reputable studies that I’d encourage participation in.  I have great regard and admiration for the work that Boston University and Concussion Legacy Foundation have done in advancing our knowledge of CTE, and how it relates to football exposure.  Two new studies are getting underway; one by BU and the other by Johns Hopkins, endorsed by Concussion Legacy Foundation.

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A BLACK BRAIN IS WORTH 1/3 OF A WHITE BRAIN: A RACIST SETTLEMENT?

nfl hypocrisy

How can any message the NFL sends on social injustice be taken seriously when they endorse a policy in the Concussion Settlement that presumes African Americans are inferior to Caucasians? A recent study done by a law firm indicates that 3.4 TIMES as many African American players might qualify for an award if race norming [the inclusion of race in score calculations for Level 1.5 and 2.0 claims] was removed from the Settlement.

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New Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Cuts to NFL Disability

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt NFL Disability Cuts

On Monday a new federal class-action lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Illinois, that seeks to recover benefits lost by disabled retired NFL players in the 2020 CBA. 

To review, in a series of questionable moves, benefits for disabled retirees were deemed subject to a Social Security offset beginning in January 2021, and then in April 2024, the elimination of approval through Social Security determinations to be replaced solely on determinations by Disability Plan doctors and the Disability Board.  In case you’re just now getting up to speed on these events, prior to Congressional Hearings in 2007 addressing the dismal approval rate for NFL Total and Permanent Disability and pressure from Congress, to do better, one had nearly as much of a chance of winning the lottery as being approved for NFL Disability.

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NFL Concussion Appeal Argues One Door For White Players, Another for Blacks

Two Doors One for Whites One for Blacks in NFL Concussion Settlement

I first began following the Gordon case over two years ago in June 2018, though at the time I was unaware of the player’s identity.  I became aware of the case when attorney, Wendy Fleishman of Lieff Cabraser objected to the inexplicable denial of Amon Gordon’s thrice approved claim…

As it turned out, the excruciating delays for Gordon and his family turned out to be a gift in that all of the lag-time allowed Fleishman to investigate and find her own answers as to the question of “Why?”  since the Claims Administrator, Special Master, and Court refused to provide the basis of their denial. Perhaps now we know why they evaded– because the explanation is highly disturbing.

Short answer.

Amon Gordon is Black.

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Amended Complaint Could Force NCAA to Actually Fulfill Its Duties

Clown Mark Emmert

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear who the real governing bodies in college athletics are. Despite how much the NCAA pretends to have overarching, sweeping, oversight of every member nationwide when it comes to athlete-employees being compensated for their labor, it’s the athletic conferences that NCAA-member institutions belong to, not the NCAA, that really runs college athletics.

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The Conversation: Growing Up Biracial in the Deep South

I’d like to thank Shannon Cason for being our first guest contributor to our new column on race, called “The Conversation.” Please give it a read.  If you’re interested in contributing and helping to keep “The Conversation” going, please DM me on twitter @SheillaDingus or shoot me an email.~Sheilla

growing up biracial in the deep south

I am biracial, I grew up in Louisiana …still a state that operates like a plantation. When I was two, I went to daycare for the first time with mixed races. One particular day my mom picked me up and one of the workers (black) told my mom I thought I was white and wouldn’t play with the black children. Odd because most of the children in my family are brown-skinned.

I grew up very aware of the racial divide. Black and white people went to the same schools but didn’t intermingle much.

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Florida’s New NIL Rule Turns the State into an Agent of NCAA

Alligator in Sheep's Clothing

On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law SB 646. The law has several tenets which work to ensure that the state is now an agent of the NCAA and its member institutions to the detriment of the best interests of college athletes in Fla. It adds the force of law to keep athletes in a subjugated position in their relationships with Fla. colleges and universities.

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