Concussion Lawsuit Against Pop Warner Is Dismissed

Youth Football

Youth football players in Pflugerville, Tex., in 2015. A federal judge dismissed a concussion-related lawsuit against Pop Warner in December 2019.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

From New York Times (originally published 12/28/2019)

A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Pop Warner, saying the two women who sued the youth football organization failed to prove that their sons’ deaths were directly linked to head trauma sustained a decade earlier as young players.

The women, Kimberly Archie and Jo Cornell, said their sons’ brain trauma was caused by playing Pop Warner football and that trauma led to irrational behavior that contributed to their deaths in 2014.

 

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Charles Rogers Didn’t Have to Die

RIP Charles Rogers

In the hysteria about weekly updates to college football playoff rankings, the suspension of Chase Young (and James Wiseman), and Tua Tagovailoa injuring his hip, there was another college football story that might have been lost in the shuffle. Charles Rogers, a former first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions (#2 overall), died last month at 38. After a record-breaking career at Michigan State, he was out of the NFL before his 25th birthday and, after that, the story of being a bust in the draft practically writes itself: weed, booze, “brushes with the law.”

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Jennifer Bradley’s Case Highlights The NCAA’s Cherry-Picking

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Yet again, the NCAA has taken the stance in court that it has no legal responsibility to actually enforce its own rules in regard to player healthcare and safety. Yet again, the party who received the harm in this situation is an athlete that the NCAA purports to advocate for. Jennifer Bradley played field hockey for American University in Washington, D.C. from 2009-2012 on scholarship. In a complaint against the NCAA et al, she states that in September 2011, she received a hit in the head with a stick during the course of a game.

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NFL Blitzkrieg Against Disabled Retirees Advances

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Tyrone Keys’ Disability Case Illustrates the Triumvirate’s Scorched Earth Assault

There’s a 100% injury rate in the NFL. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has been quoted in regard to consequences of possible termination of the Affordable Care Act, and workers’ compensation restrictions in Illinois that all players leave the NFL with pre-existing conditions. One need only take a peek at the weekly injury reports to confirm the pandemic of injuries in the NFL.

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Happy Holidays from Advocacy for Fairness in Sports

1-twas the night

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land
Cases were argued, some seeking remand;

The sports leagues were busy, all driven by greed,
In hopes that their coffers would greatly exceed;

The players were hustled and pumped full of meds;
Osemele, needing surgery finally said, “no,” to the Jets;

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What’s Ahead in the Oakland v Raiders Lawsuit?

Oakland Reply Brief Analysis

Following the announcement of the Raiders impending relocation to Las Vegas, the City of Oakland filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Raiders and NFL claiming damages due to their artificial restraints on trade, breach of contract, and violations of their own policies. . The Raiders and NFL, in a motion to dismiss, deny that they are in violation of antitrust law and claim they are merely businessmen looking after business. The government surprisingly stepped in filing a brief opposing Oakland’s ability to claim lost tax revenue as part of the damages the city will suffer as a result of the team’s departure. In what I feel is the strongest brief of the lawsuit to date, the legendary litigator who is representing Oakland pro bono, James “Jim” Quinn, responded in opposition

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Appeals Court Revives Molestation Case Against USA TAEKWONDO

abuse in USA Taekwondo

USA Taekwondo argued “that they owed no duty of care to prevent Gitelman’s sexual abuse” of young female athletes and acted only after he was criminally convicted. An appeals court disagreed.

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What the Aspen’s Insitute’s Panel on NIL Legislation and a 1974 Chart-Topper by America Have in Common

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, some of the most notable voices in college athletics came together to discuss NIL legislation at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. The whole conversation misses the mark in a big way, however, that is perhaps prophetically interpreted by the band America in their 1974 hit, “Tin Man.”

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Lane Johnson’s Appellate Brief Was Worth The Wait

Lane Johnson Appeals to 2nd Circuit

On Monday, Lane Johnson left the game after sustaining brutal blindside hit when his quarterback, Carson Wentz, unprotected on the left, slammed into the offensive lineman’s leg during a sack.  On Tuesday Johnson, in a brief filed at the Second Circuity Court of Appeals by his attorney Stephen Zashin, accused the NFLPA of a blindside shot of their own and Southern District of New York Judge Richard Sullivan of abusing his discretion in dismissing his claims.

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Football Players are Dying

Football Players are Dying - Maurice ClarettLast week, another former football player, George Atkinson III, took his own life. It was less than one year after his twin brother, Josh Atkinson, committed suicide.

Both brothers played football for Notre Dame and George had spent the last 5 years since leaving ND bouncing from one NFL practice squad to another, perhaps chasing ghosts of his father and namesake, George Atkinson II, an NFL pro-bowler.

These deaths hit close to home for me, as 4 former players at the Ohio State University have died of apparent suicide in the last 5 years, including Mike Kudla, my friend and teammate on the 2002 National Championship team.

At one point not long after I left OSU, I was ready to die. Continue reading…

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