Over 100 more former NFL football players have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta against the NFL alleging the National Football League “repeatedly refuted the connection between concussions and brain injury.”
According to the lawsuit, the NFL failed “to take reasonable steps necessary to protect players from devastating head injuries. More, the NFL has downplayed and misrepresented the issues and mislead players concerning the risks associated with concussions,” CNN reports.
The plaintiffs join over 1,500 other former players suing the organization whose lawsuits have been consolidated in Philadelphia. Plaintiffs include O.J. Santiago, Jamal Anderson, and Chris Doleman. In this more recent lawsuit, the plaintiffs cite studies that have connected concussions to a neurodegenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can cause memory issues and mood swings, as well as other Alzheimer’s like symptoms. CTE is only caused by repeated head trauma, and can only be diagnosed after death.
In response to the growing number of lawsuits being filed against the NFL, the organization has repeatedly said player safety is a priority and that “any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit.”