Ex-players claim NFL concealed evidence of head injuries

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More than 75 former professional football players sued the National Football League (NFL) this week over allegations that the league purposefully withheld information relating to the seriousness of head injuries and concussions from players over an 80-year period, according to The Associated Press.

The news outlet reports that NFL officials allegedly knew of the risks of multiple concussive injuries since the 1920’s, and that it intentionally withheld the information from coaches, players and trainers until June of last year. Among the plaintiffs are former New York Giants running back Rodney Hampton, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper and the NFL’s 1979 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Ottis Anderson.

According to ESPN, a study that was commissioned by the NFL in 1994 stated that there was “no evidence of worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects” associated with repeated concussions.

Greg Aiello, a spokesman for the NFL, said “we have not seen the complaint but would vigorously contest any claims of this kind,” quoted by The Associated Press.

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