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-- -- you need to hear this yesterday was the kick off of what could be a years long battle between the NFL the players union and retired players.
And billions of dollars are at stake the players are accusing the -- of hiding information that.
About the dangers of head trauma during play and are seeking damages for their injuries.
What kind of blow could the NFL take if they lose out on this one and and is there even a chance that the players will see any.
You know any opportunity to get some money back for any head injuries in the problems of David door argued Jean Lee is the CEO and president of -- company called ETL associates.
He represents players from twelve NFL teams and these are current players let's just make that very clear these are not the catalytic -- at the moment.
The people who were involved in the suit but let's let's talk about the suit as it stands.
What does it mean for the -- -- felon and what are the key words involved here because -- supplier saying not just -- got hurt playing this game but it's the players saying it.
The F -- hid information about the dangers of head injuries.
That's the key element of the players' case it's fraud -- concealment.
The fact the NFL knew about the dangers of repeated head trauma they knowingly conceal this information players while they were playing.
The NFL's arguments about preemption the fact that these players.
Played under collective bargaining agreement and as such their claims.
By law are required to be arbitrate it under the CPA.
NFL's main defensive -- tell people the seedy areas -- -- isn't collective bargaining agreement there you go so it makes people wonder what kind of players these former players have at all when it comes to this suit they have a pretty strong case the players are asserting a claim it's based and fraud and concealment.
Meaning that the NFL knew.
That there was an inordinately high number of head injuries.
And that they hated at the patterns and the impact he's had injuries that's correct and that's they're get out of jail free card the fact that fraud concealment lies the heart of their claim.
This takes the claim outside the scope of the CB -- lot of they prove that I mean if this goes back that far as its pre email what I do they have what.
I don't know what kind of -- proof they would have their DSL was nefarious and hiding these things in 1994 the NFL.
Created a mild traumatic brain injury committee.
To study that the long term effects of repeated concussions.
As such the players are asserting that by doing so.
They took on a duty they acknowledged the dangers they took on a duty to protect the players from long term traumatic brain injury and as such.
This claim falls outside the scope of the CPA but and I did not mean disrespect because I love football and I love the players but news flash.
You get injured when you play football isn't there an assumption of risk.
When you're out there as a defense of our offensive lineman or a wide receiver whatever it may be and you're out there in the game every day that you're gonna get smacked and hit and -- Players are asserting that.
They would've liked to had the choice to walk away from the game if they would have known there was full disclosure of the long term effects.
They -- had a choice to walk away from the game I -- one player last year Jacob Bell.
From the Cincinnati Bengals he retired.
After Junior -- suicide he retired due to the long term effects -- sale.
Course a former was at a bank operator he he was -- -- -- -- any of charger rather an and heat.
Committed suicide that's for people believe it was -- of so -- head injuries.
You represent players on the giants the cardinals the patriots if you talk to current players about this how closely are they watching it.
They're watching the case but again it's.
The decision that they make there's a trade off when you're you're young you have celebrity you have -- from the same a lot of players even in today's NFL would not give that up.
For the long term effect that very ago I mean I just -- even with the choice what -- jump away from that Eugene thank you very much.
Eugene Lee is an agent who represents these people will be watching very closely but it can't be good news for the NFL to -- In the spotlight under these circumstances -- --
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