Who Actually Said This?

Jul 25, 2012

NFL PR Parrot

“I think there are more constructive ways of finding solutions to the issues we face than litigation.”

If you Google this standard PR line, you’ll see that disgraced former NFL Alumni Executive Director George Martin said this last year when asked his opinion on the current series of lawsuits filed by retired players at the time (and concussion lawsuits have now broken the 3,000 mark). What you’ll also find is Ottis O.J. Anderson stating the exact same PR verse last year in July when one of the first suits was filed by Goldberg Persky & White. Here’s one article from last July when Anderson and his wife came out and declared that they had not signed up for the lawsuit and issued this “more constructive ways of finding solutions” drivel:

Jul 22, 2011

O.J. Anderson distances himself from concussion lawsuit

Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson is trying to distance himself from a lawsuit filed by 75 former NFL players earlier this week alleging the league withheld information pertaining to the severity of concussions for nearly 100 years.
“I support the NFL and NFL Alumni Association, and as the New York alumni chapter’s former president, my concern is with the players. I think there are more constructive ways of finding solutions to the issues we face than litigation,” said Anderson from NFL Alumni Association headquarters in Newark, N.J., Friday.
Anderson claimed he’s never been involved with the suit. He and his wife will be removed as plaintiffs.
Read the rest of the article from USA Today by clicking HERE.
But here we go again with All-Things-Internet: You can’t hide very much these days. We found that O.J. Anderson had actually signed up with another firm earlier this year:
CBS Atlanta

The Sports Kings: Former NFL RB Jamal Lewis On Concussions…

On the heels of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Big Hits, Broken Dreams” special on concussions in high school athletes Sunday night on CNN and with more than 300 former NFL players filing lawsuits versus the NFL over concussion safety and recurring issues associated with concussions in multiple states the Sports Kings reached out to retired Super Bowl Champion RB Jamal Lewis to discuss concussion safety, symptoms, and the long-term effects of concussions.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include former stars Ottis Anderson, Mark Duper, Tony Dorsett, Jim McMahon, Lem Barney, Jamal Lewis, and others.
The lawsuits accuse the NFL of negligence and misconduct in how it responded to player complaints of health problems after suffering concussions.
Read the rest of the article from CBS Sports by clicking HERE. You can also listen to the radio clip with guest Jamal Lewis from Sports Kings on that page.
Not a word of apology or an explanation yet from O.J. Anderson to the folks at Goldberg Persky & White. While we’re glad that O.J. has finally seen the light, we’re wondering when he finally realized he was suffering from the long-term effects of concussions? And just how many other retired players are trying to quietly join the concussion lawsuit movement now? Oh – and how many times have you already heard this NFL PR line?
We just can’t help ourselves: Here’s one more rinse-and-repeat message from the NFL’s former head of their MILD Traumatic Brain Injury Committee – and just how did that work out?


4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Billy Truax
    July 25th, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Billy Truax

    The NFL and NFLPA do not negotiate; they obfuscate. They refuse to acknowledge any problems or any possible liability so litigation is the only way to deal with them. The NFLPA has collaborated and learned their stall-and-deny tactics and techniques from the Tex Schramm-like owners and all of the previous commissioners: Rozelle , Tagliabue and now Goodell. And the biggest phonies and thieves, Upshaw and now Smith.

    What a bunch of bums!!!

    Billy Truax
    LA Rams, Dallas Cowboys
    1964 – 1973

  2. RobertinSeattle
    July 25th, 2012 at 7:21 pm #


    Well, for what it’s worth, it was just reported today by A.J. Perez on FOX Sports that former NFL Alumni Executive Director George Martin has joined in on suing the NFL for concussions over his career. Click HERE to read that story.

    And Mike Florio on ProFootball Talk posted his take on the suit. Click HERE to read that story.

  3. Dave Pear
    July 25th, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Dave Pear

    I recall that last year when our group of retired players was trying to include George Martin and the NFL Alumni in our talks with the League during the Eller vs NFL lawsuit (Hausfeld & Zelle Hoffman), George used the same canned statement when we asked if he would join us in our suit.

    So now that he no longer works for the NFL/NFL Alumni, I guess he doesn’t have to follow the unwritten rule that NFL employees cannot sue their master. I’m sure he needs the money now too.

    Dave Pear

  4. Joe Steed
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Joe Steed

    Joseph Goebbels quotes:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    Even this quote wasn’t original to Goebbels. Several other famous individuals have quoted similar statements long before Hitler and Goebbels.

    “A lie told often enough becomes truth”

    - Vladimir Lenin.

    “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.”

    – William James (1842-1910) The father of modern Psychology

    Joe Steed
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1992 – 1999