Mental Strength is Physical Strength

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When you watch movies with guys in prison, there are always scenes with them lifting weights, getting stronger. They are building their bodies physically.
With me it was a little different: I spent my time in prison building my mind. I was getting stronger mentally.
For two years, I participated in something called an integrated cognitive behavioral change program, Thinking for a Change, and after I completed the program, I was a facilitator for it until I was released.
An integrated cognitive behavioral change program like this is built around taking classes every week and doing reading and reflection every night. The classes taught (1) social skills, (2) cognitive self-change, and (3) problem-solving.

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Montador Case Reveals The NHL’s Logical Gymnastics Regarding Head Injuries

Steve Montador

The end of the NHL concussion litigation may be in sight, at least as it pertains to three members of a proposed class of former players that sued the league for damages related to head injuries and opted out of an earlier settlement. The NHL has asked the federal court in the Northern District of Illinois to consolidate the complaints of Daniel “Carbomb” Carcillo and Nick Boynton with the estate of the late Steven Montador and also made a motion for dismissal of the claims. Comparing those pleadings with what we already know about how the NHL operates in regards to head injuries produces some interesting inconsistencies that are convenient for the league.

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The Blitz 1/26/20

The Blitz

Football, baseball, gymnastics, cannabis, concussions, sneakers, church, and “The Bachelor” all made sports law news last week. Here’s our review of what you need to know.
10. Seeger Weiss To Spend $5M Of Concussion Education Fund
9. Breaking Down Michael Avenatti’s Nike Extortion Trial
8. Court Sacks ‘Seasonal Worker’ Status for Injured NFL Player

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What’s with the trend of ignoring judicial mandates?

For those not on Twitter, I wanted to share a thread that I tweeted that concerns a disturbing trend of judges and others defying judicial mandates based simply on disagreement with the judge. At one time this was unheard of, but in the thread, I give two examples from NFL cases, and these appear to be just a symptom of a larger problem.

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Owens and Solomon Carrying On Negligence Claims Against NCAA

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Months after the NCAA settled the medical monitoring claims of a class of former athletes at disparate member institutions, two of the class members are pursuing negligence claims against the NCAA in separate actions. Derek Owens and Kyle Solomon are awaiting the scheduling of their trials. Despite the plaintiffs being part of the consolidated complaint in Arrington v. NCAA and having all of their complaints lumped into that action, these negligence claims will proceed separately and how they unfold will have some bearing upon the future of courts’ perception of liability on the NCAA’s part as far as athlete healthcare goes.

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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2020/01/21/owens-and-solomon-carrying-on-negligence-claims-against-ncaa/

Ex-NFLer’s Cannabis Lawsuit May Be Headed To The Supreme Court

Marvin Washington Cannabis Lawsuit

In July 2017, retired NFLer, Marvin Washington, along with four other plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit against then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the DEA in the Southern District of New York. The other plaintiffs in the case were two young children and a military veteran who relied on medical marijuana to treat chronic conditions. In view of legalization in numerous states, Washington and his fellow plaintiffs sought to have marijuana decriminalized at the national level. The lawsuit makes for interesting and educational reading demonstrating how marijuana came to find itself at the top of the government’s Schedule I drug classification.

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The Blitz is Back!

The Blitz

The Blitz is back with a makeover. We’re now counting down the ten most intestimg sports law stories from the past week. Check them out:
10 Cigna Can’t Use Privilege To Shield Info In NFL ERISA Suit
9. Court Dismisses Antitrust Claim, Finding League Was Within Its Rights to Limit Number of Teams
8. Avenatti Case Alleges Settlement Between Nike and Kaepernick
7. NFL, Raiders Argue to Dismiss Oakland’s Relocation Lawsuit

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Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2020/01/19/the-blitz-is-back/

Avenatti Case Alleges Settlement Between Nike and Kaepernick

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A recently filed document in attorney Michael Avenatti’s indictment and pending trial may shed light on Kaepernick’s endorsement deal with Nike. In a document filed by Avenatti’s attorney, Scott A. Srebnick seeking to compel testimony by Mark Geragos, who represented Kaepernick in his grievance against the NFL, states that Geragos also procured a settlement for Kaepernick with Nike. This would appear to align with Kaepernick’s major endorsement deal as face of the #JustDoIt campaign.

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Update January 19, 2020: A national reporter informed me that he contacted Kaepernick’s marketing agent to follow up on the allegations reported in my story.  The agent said, “What Avenatti alleges is a complete mischaracterization.”  The reporter recalled that a long time ago the marketing agent told him that Geragos had nothing to do with the Nike deal but was claiming credit for it.  It’s possible that Geragos mischaracterized his role to Avenatti, or it’s also possible that a non-disclosure agreement prohibits anyone from divulging details of any settlement.  Whatever happened, it seemed to work out very well for all involved. We’ll likely never know the complete truth unless Geragos is compelled to testify.

Permanent link to this article: https://advocacyforfairnessinsports.org/2020/01/18/avenatti-case-alleges-settlement-between-nike-and-kaepernick/

Concussion Research for Sale?

Roger Goodell, Gary Bettman, Mark Emmert - Concussion research for sale

In June 2019 University of Utah Economist Ted Tatos and Don Comrie of Neurolabs released a disturbing scholastic paper based on research conducted from documents released by the University of North Carolina as the result of academic fraud. “Cognitive Disorders Among Incoming College Football Athletes: Legal and Medical Implications of Undisclosed Inclusion in Concussion Research”, published in The Journal of Scientific Practice and Integrity.

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Maurice Clarett: Be Ready When Recess is Over.

Would you go to law school if you only had a 2% chance of practicing law after you graduated? Oh, and you’d be lucky to practice law 3 years, and then you’d need to start over and find a different career. What about med school? Nobody would go to med school with only a 2% chance of practicing medicine for 3 years and then looking for another job. So why would anyone go to college, majoring in what I call Eligibility Studies, when even the NCAA admits there is less than a 2% chance of making the NFL, keeping in mind that the average career length is less than 3 years and is getting shorter.

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