“It was a feeling of you were being cast aside, being thrown out.”

When CTE Steals Your Dad: Garrett Remembers Mike Webster

Covering the NFL concussion settlement litigation as it plays out, it’s easy to get caught up in the dockets and the numbers. It’s essential to remind ourselves that behind those figures and words are families and personal stories.

One of the individuals who was instrumental in beginning the story was former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Webster through his family. Webster, who anchored the Pittsburgh offensive line through a dominant stretch of the middle and late 1970s, passed in 2002. Webster was also one of the first former NFL players to be diagnosed post-mortem with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Witnessing most of Webster’s story was his son, Garrett.

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The Third Circuit is Asking Questions

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A few days I wrote that a litigation funder is seeking a writ of mandamus at the Third Circuit, asking the appeals court to enforce their Opinion and mandate. Petitioning for a writ of mandamus is viewed as an extraordinary measure, and as such, it is considered bold and used infrequently. The Third Circuit wasted no time in seeking answers from NFL Concussion Settlement Judge Anita B. Brody.

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What Cards Does Antonio Brown Hold in His Pay Grievance with the Patriots?

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“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em…” The iconic song seems to comport with Antonio Brown’s situation. In what realistically was only a couple of weeks ago but now seems like eons, I wrote about how Brown had played his cards perfectly in landing with what is presumed his preferred destination with the New England Patriots and securing a high-dollar contract, following his controversial departures from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. He even picked up a new helmet endorsement deal after filing two grievances challenging the requirement to wear only new league-approved helmets.

“Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep…”

Apparently after scoring a royal flush with the Patriots

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Funder Thrivest Petitions for Writ of Mandamus

NFL Concussion Settlement - funder ThrivestClaims Judge Brody is Non-Compliant with Third Circuit Ruling

The issue of settlement funding and claim advances in regard to the NFL Concussion Settlement continues to become more and more bizarre. On September 19, Thrivest Specialty Funding petitioned the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus, asking the appellate court to enforce their mandate.

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Update: The Third Circuit has ordered Judge Brody to respond by October 4.

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Chris Hudson Faces an Uphill Fight for His Disability Benefits

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As the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and the NFL Players Association hurls ever closer, the suitability of the NFLPA to represent the best interests of the players at large has again been called into question. A lawsuit challenging the PA’s oversight of a disability benefits plan for former players not only demonstrates a failure on the part of the PA but the judiciary as well.

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When it comes to sexual abuse in Olympic sports, enough is enough.

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Debunking the Myths Surrounding SB 206

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Somehow the narrative around SB 206, and athlete rights to the name, image, and likeness of their birthright—a right that every other American citizen takes for granted is being distorted in the media–both as to what it is and the number of athletes it would benefit.

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Give Due Process Its Due

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Much debate has swirled around whether Antonio Brown should be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list or face suspension since news broke of a lawsuit alleging that he raped a former trainer. If the allegations are true, then Antonio Brown should be punished, but at this stage, all the public and presumably the Patriots and NFL have is a “he said/she said” scenario, with the only evidence an unsworn lawsuit filed in federal court and a statement by Brown’s attorney refuting the allegations.

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Opinion: How American Football Fuels White Supremacy

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The game of American football should have as much emphasis placed on the first word as the second. It’s uniquely American and because of that, capsulizes American society into an activity that can be studied. The culture surrounding the game mimics culture on a grander scale because the same people with the same ambitions, attitudes, prejudices and values comprise the individuals involved in the sport as form the larger culture.

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NFL Settles with Insurer Westport Regarding Concussion Settlement Liability

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Update: Only Westport settled with the NFL in regard to liability for concussion settlement claims. An oddly worded stipulation was the souces of the original presumption that all insurers had settled.

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Between the Lines of the Special Master’s Status Report

NFL Concussion Settlement Special Masters Status Report Wendell Pritchett Jo-Anne Verrier

On August 30, NFL Concussion Settlement Special Masters, Claims Administrator BrownGreer, and BAP Administrator Garretson Resolution Group released status reports that shed insights into the present state of the concussion settlement. The Special Masters report was the third to drop and the shortest of the reports but gave a lot to unpack, so I’ll begin there.

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