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Two Reputable NFL Player Brain Studies Getting Underway

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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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A BLACK BRAIN IS WORTH 1/3 OF A WHITE BRAIN: A RACIST SETTLEMENT?

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BLACK BRAIN IS WORTH 1/3 OF A WHITE BRAIN: A RACIST SETTLEMENT?

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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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New Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Cuts to NFL Disability

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt NFL Disability Cuts

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New Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Cuts to NFL Disability

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt NFL Disability Cuts

On Monday a new federal class-action lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Illinois, that seeks to recover benefits lost by disabled retired NFL players in the 2020 CBA. 

To review, in a series of questionable moves, benefits for disabled retirees were deemed subject to a Social Security offset beginning in January 2021, and then in April 2024, the elimination of approval through Social Security determinations to be replaced solely on determinations by Disability Plan doctors and the Disability Board.  In case you’re just now getting up to speed on these events, prior to Congressional Hearings in 2007 addressing the dismal approval rate for NFL Total and Permanent Disability and pressure from Congress, to do better, one had nearly as much of a chance of winning the lottery as being approved for NFL Disability.

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NFL Concussion Appeal Argues One Door For White Players, Another for Blacks

Two Doors One for Whites One for Blacks in NFL Concussion Settlement

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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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Unpacking Roger Goodell’s Statement on George Floyd

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Unpacking Roger Goodell’s Statement on the Death of George Floyd

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Much of America recently witnessed the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd by a police officer sworn to serve and protect. As such we are reminded of the words of Colin Kaepernick and why he refused to stand for the national anthem four years ago.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. … To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Despite the NFL how the rewarded Kaepernick for his social justice stance with banishment from the league, Roger Goodell issued a statement on George Floyd’s murder because…

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