The concussion lawsuits against the NFL are not going away anytime soon
as yet another has recently been filed. Javhid Best recently filed stating,
that the NFL "was aware of the evidence and the risks associated
with repetitive traumatic brain injuries … but deliberately ignored
and actively concealed the information." Not surprisingly, Riddell,
the company which makes the helmets, was also named as a defendant.
However, Cal, the university where Best played, and suffered at least two
of his concussions, was apparently not named as a defendant. Earlier this
month, Best was accepted onto the coaching staff for Cal. Also, the Detroit
was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Instead, he is apparently
pursing them via a worker's compensation claim.
According to the
personal injury lawyer for Best, one of the goals of the lawsuit I set set up a medical
fund for Best to help Best deal with the potential future medical complications.
Best's lawyer said, "So one of the goals of the litigation is
to protect Mr. Best down the road in terms of his medical condition and
problems that he may have in the future."
After dealing with concussions in College, what did Best think would happen
in the NFL, where the players are even bigger, stronger, and faster. Did
he think they had a magic pill to prevent concussions. The NFL is left
is a difficult spot. On one hand, they are now protecting the players
and have implemented stringent rules preventing players from returning
to the field after a head injury. On the other hand, players and fans
want to see the guys play. In the playoffs, Jamaal Charles wanted to come
back into the game, but he was not allowed to.
The team lost. Jamaal is insistent that his team would have won if he would
have been allowed back in. As Chief's fans unfortunately remember,
we suffered from one of the biggest comebacks ever in a playoff game.
Despite our huge lead, we ended up losing to the Colts. If but for the
concussion rules, we would have perhaps won.