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Bounty Program Gives Force to NFL Concussion Lawsuits

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Four former NFL players filed a lawsuit in Georgia state court on Monday citing a bounty program system operated by the New Orleans Saints that rewarded players for hard hits and injuring players on the opposing team to further allegations that the league did not adequately protect players from concussions.

The lawsuit was filed in Atlanta on behalf of the four players and their wives alleging the men suffered side effects linked to traumatic brain injuries, including headaches, depression, and memory loss. The plaintiffs include Myron Guyton who played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots; Lomas Brown, who played for five teams during the course of his 17-year career; Jessie Small, former Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals, and Houston Oilers player; and former San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints player Willie Whitehead.

The investigation into the bounty program found that the Saints paid thousands of dollars in cash to up to 27 players for violent hits, ESPN reported. According to the lawsuit, the four plaintiffs were not part of the bounty scheme, but say that the program is indicative of a league that left players with “debilitating conditions.” According to the lawsuit, the league “encouraged its players to think of themselves as gladiators. But, along the way, the NFL failed to educate its players about the consequences of such a win-at-all costs mentality.”

Legal experts report that they expect more complaints against the league pointing to the bounty scandal. disclaimer: This article: Bounty Program Gives Force to NFL Concussion Lawsuits was posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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