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But if a team doctor was lying to players and clearing them to play while knowing it was a danger to them, then the team is liable I think.
Absolutely. Are we supposed to let this behavior slide? There needs to be accountability somewhere along the line.
But everyone knows there is an inherent risk to sports (except soccer). Without some glaring negilgence by the team/league at the time, no, there shouldn't be a lawsuit.
Agreed, although I suspect negligence will out. Like I said, the risks are understood, but misleading your players, lying to them about injuries that could have devastating consequences and side effects? That's beyond sick. That's beyond twisted. That's wanton cruelty.
I've heard (on a local sports radio station) that currently there are better helmets (safety-wise) available to players but they arent allowed to use them due to a contract with whoever supplies the current helmets. That's an open door for a future lawsuit.
Indeed. If the bottomline is the only priority, and player safety be damned, then this attitude makes sense--but it also puts a lie to Goodell's public stance on increased player safety.
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May 4th, 2012, 10:44 AM
The government (via the courts) will ultimately force the NFL to pay these athletes billions of dollars, yet wine and moan about paying a injured war veteran a small retirement.
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So, anyway... I do feel sorry for the guys from the earlier years who didnt make an insane amount of money and now have problems. I dont think they should be awarded millions, but helping them with healthcare seems like the right thing to do. Do NFL teams have workmans comp insurance? I'm not totally sure how it works but I'm pretty sure if a guy working for me got hurt with permanent disabilities he going to get some sort of compensation.
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May 4th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Originally Posted by Knight
So... what do you think?
Should the NFL and other pro sports organizations be held liable for the injuries that may have a lasting effect on the athletes who played in their sport? Or is it the chance you take to play a contact sport? After all you are being paid a huge sum of money to play in the league.
It depends entirely on whether or not there was deception or negligence involved on the part of the teams or the league as a whole. If, for example, they pressured players to continue to play injured without properly informing them of the extent of their injuries and the possible long term effects, then there's going to be a degree of liability involved. On the other hand if the players were fully informed of these things and made the decision to play anyway, then the responsibility is entirely theirs.
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