Why Does a Federal Judge Insist on Giving the NFL Multiple Get Out of Jail Free Cards for Drug Violations?

Godfather Roger Goodell NFL painkiller lawsuit - Richard Dent - Judge William Alsup

Richard Dent is heading back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the second time as he seeks to hold the NFL accountable for the NFL’s deceptive and illegal use of painkillers, that have left many players permanently disabled. His appellant brief is due on August 22. Why his very competent legal team hasn’t been able to convince Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California of the NFL’s masterminding and role in the painkiller abuse is puzzling, but a recently unsealed transcript hold some clues.

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Former NFLer Settles Lawsuit Against Pain Clinic

Jared Allen's NIL misappropriated by pain clinic

Imagine minding your own business and going about your day only to get a phone call from someone saying they saw your ad, and you learn that you’ve been displayed in full-color, glossy pages advertising a pain clinic you’ve never been to, endorsing a doctor who’s never treated or examined you, and seeing “your statements” that his treatments got you to the Super Bowl.  That’s exactly what retired NFLer Jared Allen alleges in a lawsuit filed against Pain Free Life Centers and Dr. Jeff Morton.

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Funder Wants to Know Why Concussion Settlement Isn’t in Compliance with 3rd Circuit Mandate

settlement funder mandate nfl concussion settlement

On Friday Thrivest Specialty Funding filed a letter to Judge Brody inquiring as to why the Claim Administrator isn’t in compliance with a Third Circuit mandate.

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What do the Packers’ financials reveal about the NFL Concussion Settlement?

Packers financials NFL Concussion Settlement

On July 12, Daniel Kaplan of the Athletic reported on a staggering drop in profits for the Green Bay Packers as revealed in their 2018 Financial Report.

This was a huge departure from the prior financials, in which the team gained $75 million in profit from operations in 2016 and $65.3 million in 2017. Since the publicly owned Packers are the only team required to release financial reports, their reports have often been viewed as a barometer for the NFL as a whole. The NFL Concussion Settlement was cited as one of their increased expenses.

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Notre Dame, NCAA attempt to run out the clock on brain injury lawsuit

John Askin collage-Notre Dame NCAA

John Askin once wore number 72 for the Fighting Irish. Now he’s fighting the school and the NCAA for his brain. We first reported on the lawsuit in February shortly after the former linebacker filed in Jefferson Circuit Court, in Kentucky, his state of residence after months of attempted negotiations with the school seeking compensation for his latent brain injuries.

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July Newsletter to Retired NFL Players


Dear Retired Players and Families,

It’s been a fast-paced time for Advocacy for Fairness in Sports and it seems the month has flown by. We’ve produced quite a bit of content over the past month and have launched a couple new projects that I’ll tell you about later. But first, there’s some settlement news that you need to be aware of. This is detailed in our most recent article on the settlement. On July 2, Lead Counsel Chris Seeger sent a letter to the Class. In it he announced that he is the lone attorney (or firm) representing the class as a whole. I wrote about the dismissal of other Class Counsel and addressed that issue in last month’s newsletter.

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NFL Dirty Deeds Exposed in July 4th Weekend News Dump

Roger Goodell happy dance NFL Concussion Settlement

Roger Goodell must be doing his happy dance in front of his “Integrity” paned windows at 345 Park Avenue upon learning of their success in the NFL’s latest tactic.

Part 1: A Shameful Claim Denial with Harmful Implications to Other Retired NFL Players

If there’s one thing consistent about the NFL, it’s their passion in denying benefits to former players. Roxanne Gordon described how the NFL fought and fought until her husband Amon’s thrice approved claim was denied when the NFL was given a 4th bite at the apple, and then backed up with a final denial by Judge Anita B. Brody on July 2.
Judge Brody’s order was cryptic at best, alluding to references that were no where to be found. She did not attach supporting documents with the arguments she viewed just as she didn’t in two rulings on June 13, which I wrote about shortly afterward. The article had barely been published when I was contacted by Kendra Stabler Moyes, daughter of beloved Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, to tell me one of those denials was her father’s claim. Now the family affected by Judge Brody’s most recent ruling has come forward.

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Roger Goodell NFL owners dirty deedsA Letter from Chris Seeger Gives a Strong Warning to Players: Beware the NFL

On July 2, the same day Judge Brody issued a final denial to the Gordon family’s thrice approved, and then denied settlement claim, Chris Seeger sent an emailed letter to the class of retired players…

The next paragraph, however, is a departure from Seeger’s normal mode of communication and I feel it’s the most important paragraph in the letter—possibly the most important piece of information he’s presented to the class of retired players in the entire history of the settlement.

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Announcing Our Document Cloud Project

DocumentCloud is an open-source software as a service platform that allows users to upload, analyze, annotate, collaborate on and publish primary source documents. Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has joined other journalists in sharing the documents we acquire in the course of our reporting in the interest of transparency and greater public access.

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If you’d like to check out the Document Cloud Project’s features,
please see our tutorial.

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NFL Disability Seeks to Take Back Benefits Paid to a Disabled Player

Roger Goodell NFL Disability

The NFL disability plan is hitting a new low, in the disability case of Tyrone Keys. For decades retired players have fought with the NFL/NFLPA administered Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Disability Plan.  Things got so bad that congressional hearings were held in 2007 to address the problem.

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Thank you to our donors!

Advocacy for Fairness in Sports launched its first fundraiser on June 24, and would like to say thank you to those who have kindly donated to our work.  If you’d like to sign up for one of our three newsletters, you can do so here.   You can read our first one here, and our fundraising letter here.  You can read more about our exciting plans on our new “about” page, and if you haven’t yet done so, you can donate to support our work by clicking here.

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