Hello All,

A newsletter recently went out to our retired NFL folks which scheduled our first Zoom meetings.  During the meetings, I provided updates on some important developments in NFL disability and the concussion settlement along with a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes work I’ve been focused on.  The attendees seemed to enjoy the meetings so I plan to host additional Zooms in the future and hope that many of you will be able to participate.

It also looks like we will be bringing in a new (volunteer) writer and plans to update the blog more frequently once she is able to start writing.  To those who recently made donations to keep our work moving forward — a BIG THANK YOU!  To those who haven’t yet contributed please consider a donation of whatever you can spare.  Our Zoom attendees were informed of some of the work I’ve been quietly undertaking on behalf of the retired NFL community and additional work I’d like to take on should funding permit.  You can make a secure tax-deductible donation by clicking here.

Along the same line, or at least geared toward to goal of raising funds for additional work, I’d like to announce that for the first time I have accepted advertising on the site–but not just any advertising.  In order for an ad to appear here, It has to be something that I am very comfortable endorsing and as a dog lover, I’m happy to affiliate with the K-9 Training institute.

I’m a huge dog lover and I strongly appreciate the approach the K-9 Institute takes with behavioral dog training, using service dog training methods as a model.  Their free workshop offers an introduction to such skills as how to teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash, stop jumping up on people or charging/barking at the door.

As some of you are aware, I am hearing impaired.  What you probably don’t know is that I had a service dog — a hearing dog — and had the fantastic opportunity to participate in her training so I know that the methods used by the K-9 Institute are the real deal and the cool part of undertaking this type of training is that it is actually in my opinion, easier to train your dog using these methods,  Since losing my service dog, I have successfully trained my other canine companions using the methods I learned when I worked with a service dog trainer to train Lucy.

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Lucy was my beloved hearing dog, whose training I was fortunate to have participated in.

The free workshop introduces you to the methods used in service dog training to curb common behavioral issues, and should you decide to go further, Advocacy for Fairness in Sports will receive a referral fee 90 days from your enrollment since The K-9 Institute offers a money back guarantee that you will be pleased with the results you achieve with your dog, creating a win-win for everyone.

Please feel free to contact me with questions you have regarding the work Advocacy for Fairness in Sports is doing, or if as a retired player, you need assistance in obtaining your benefits.




Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2022/06/20/updates-2/

Lawsuit Highlights Lack of Concussion Care in Women’s Soccer

Eva Mitchell

A new lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas alleges that former Baylor women’s soccer head coach Paul Jobson forced players to go through repeated header drills using a ball machine and as a result of that abuse the plaintiff, Eva Mitchell, has suffered brain injuries traumatic enough that for the past 18 months she has been unable to function independently.

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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2022/03/02/lawsuit-highlights-lack-of-concussion-care-in-womens-soccer/

Real Sports Podcast Lays Bare How Washington Commanders Staff Terrorized Women On The Job

soiled shield

As a Congressional inquiry into the workplace culture of the Washington Commanders NFL franchise continues, more information is coming out about the abuse and harassment women endured on the job under the franchise’s current regime. The Real Sports Podcast is one such avenue that victims have used to share their horrific stories.

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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2022/02/05/real-sports-podcast-lays-bare-how-washington-commanders-staff-terrorized-women-on-the-job/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2021/11/11/montador-estate-renews-wrongful-death-lawsuit-against-nhl/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2021/11/02/a-case-for-josh-gordon-the-man/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2021/06/07/protect-your-mentals-and-your-chickens/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2021/04/11/two-reputable-nfl-player-brain-studies-getting-underway/


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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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2021/02/11/a-black-brain-is-worth-1-3-of-a-white-brain-a-racist-settlement/

New Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Cuts to NFL Disability

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt NFL Disability Cuts

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2020/11/23/new-lawsuit-seeks-to-halt-cuts-to-nfl-disability/

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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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2020/10/26/nfl-concussion-appeal-argues-one-door-for-white-players-another-for-blacks/

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