Some Weekend Reading Sept 23rd

Sep 23, 2011

Some reading material for your weekend. We have a recent newsletter from Hausfeld LLP and Zelle Hofmann that provides an update on much of what’s been happening with the retired players’ lawsuit as well as recent information and links of interest to football players and fans alike regarding concussions. They also provide some straight-forward analysis of the new CBA and how it will affect retirees’ benefits that you probably won’t be hearing from the NFLPA any time soon.
And Sports Life Magazine’s Rick Kelsheimer spoke with us last month about Dave’s long battle with the NFL and the NFLPA and was gracious enough to provide us with an advance copy of his story that will appear in the October 2011 edition.
We uploaded full copies of the newsletter and the Sports Life article to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it downloadable for printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the center of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close):
Hausfeld Zelle Hofmann NFL Newsletter Issue 1
Sports Life Article
And at least for now, the NFL has no sway over the media outside of North America, so we find stories like this from Dave Masko of The India Times on concussions:

NFL hypocritical with ‘faking’ memo after 90 years of denying concussion dangers

The NFL’s “no faking memo” issued Sept. 21 – along with a warning to all NFL players, coaches and team management – is viewed by the league as a major “crackdown” on players “faking” injuries such as concussions. The NFL memo said this issue of “faking it” is serious and it will be upheld with fines and other penalties. Meanwhile, there are several law suits now against the NFL that now involve more than 100 top former football stars that points to one of the longest running “cover-ups” in sports history. The 86-page lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this year by more than 75 NFL football stars states that “the league knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects on concussions on players’ brains but concealed the information from players, coaches, trainers and others until June 2010.”
Read the rest of that story by clicking HERE.

3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Gordon Wright
    September 24th, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Gordon Wright - NY Jets

    I must say that I am sick and tired all the NFL/NFLPA lawyers who serve themselves at the expense of Former players who built the foundation of the AFL/NFL: the Semi Pro game, the feeder Colleges, Universities and High Schools and last but not least, the parents and wives who pick up the scraps of a person who is left after all the parasites have sucked that NFL player of all his skills and money. And then if that man earns a pension, then the Doctors get all the pension money. If that NFL player does not have a person who loves like Jesus Christ said to love or have some Christian compassion for that Former NFL player who is suffering from depression, dementia and after-the-fact injuries, then that person will die penniless, homeless and abandoned by the boosters, the schools, colleges, Universities and the society that once paid to see that former player get his brains torn apart for their expensive, moderate and cheap thrills.

    May almighty God have mercy on the souls who take part in the destruction of the men He created. May your judgment on you blood sucking lawyers be with mercy that you have not shown to the children and men that Almighty God created and not you. When will the former players finally get a seat at the table they built?

    Gordon Wright
    Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
    1967 – 1970

  2. Dave Pear
    September 24th, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Dave Pear

    De Smith,

    Please explain to retired players (especially the pre-1993) exactly what you did with the $500,000,000 that you hid from us in the recent CBA?

    I ask that you kindly refrain from claiming you don’t know what I am asking because the NFL called in the Lawyers for retired players (Michael Hausfeld and his team) and told this to them.

    We are still waiting for an answer.

    Dave & Heidi Pear

  3. George Visger
    September 24th, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    George Visger

    I find Roger Goodell and the NFL’s stance on “faking” injuries, including concussions, not only humorous but a slap in the face. Especially when the NFL continues to parade their “fake” programs to assist their injured employees and their families deal with life altering injuries. Injuries sustained while fulfilling their obligations as employees of the $9.5 billion NFL industry.

    I would love to speak to Roger and De face-to-face regarding my 9 “fake” NFL-caused emergency brain surgeries (and counting). What’s fun about living with a brain shunt is it’s a day-to-day, hour-to-hour scenario, never knowing when I will need to “fake” a seizure and coma. Someone should nominate me for an Oscar or an Emmy – I’ve been able to pull this stunt off 9 times. !

    Roger and De both need to read the following. They are words I’ve tried to live by and I’m sure neither will ever understand them.

    The Man In The Glass
    George Visger version

    When you get what you want in your struggle for self
    And the world makes you king for a day,
    Just walk to the mirror and look at yourself
    And see what that man has to say.

    It isn’t your father or mother or wife
    Whose judgment upon you must pass.
    The fellow whose verdict counts most in you life
    Is the fellow you meet in the glass.

    You may be Jack Horner and chisel a plum
    And say, “I’m a wonderful guy.”
    But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
    If you can’t look him right in the eye.

    He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest,
    For he’s with you clear through to the end.
    And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
    If the man in the glass is your friend.

    You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
    And get pats on the back as you pass.
    But your only reward will be heartache and tears
    If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

    George Visger
    San Francisco 49ers 80 & 81
    Survivor of 9 NFL-Caused Emergency VP Shunt Brain Surgeries
    Benefactor of ZERO NFL Benefits