Retired players file megasuit
June 7, 2012
More than 2,000 former players suffering from concussion effects, brain injuries and other contact-related maladies filed a massive complaint against the NFL and helmet-maker Riddell, Inc. in Philadelphia. "Despite its knowledge and controlling role in governing player conduct on and off the field, the NFL turned a blind eye to the risk and failed to warn and/or impose safety regulations governing this well-recognized health and safety problem," the complaint alleged. The NFL cited the more than $1 billion it has spent on pensions, medical and disability benefits for former players, but the lawsuit reinforced a perception that the league has been slow to come to their aid.