NFL faces concussion fraud lawsuit; league shares lawyers with the tobacco industry

NFL faces concussion fraud lawsuit; league shares lawyers with the tobacco industry

Former Detroit Lions linebacker and defensive end Tracy Scroggins has decided to file a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) for using incomplete data to study concussions for 13 years and omitting 100 concussions from its database. The NFL has been alleged for downplaying an athlete’s risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the disease which has been known to cause depression forcing a number of former players to kill themselves.

The NFL made it seem that its players were far safer from concussions than the actual reality. The league has also been alleged to share lawyers with the tobacco industry and take advice from the executives of the tobacco companies, as reported by the New York Times.

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Scroggins played for the Lions from 1992 to 2001. The man from Checotah, Oklahoma played alongside the legendary running back Barry Sanders. Since his retirement, Scroggins has been diagnosed with CTE.

“He’s struggling in multiple ways in memory, his ability to recall events, his ability drive around town and know where he’s at or know where he’s going.” Phillip Howard, Scroggin’s lawyer said.

Howard mentioned that after Scroggins came aware of the article released by Times regarding concussion fraud by the NFL, he felt “betrayed”.

“You place your body and talents at the service of the NFL, and then the NFL puts out false science on the risk of concussions.” Howard added.

If Scroggins want, he can also sue the NFL for racketeering since the league body tried to cover-up facts of concussion. Moreover, NFL was trying to put out false science which may dig them into more trouble.

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