Art Monk, former Washington Redskins Hall of Fame wide receiver, is the lead plaintiff in a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against the NFL. Monk and 62 other former players also named Riddell, Inc, a helmet manufacturer, in the lawsuit.
According to the Washington Post, the NFL responded to the lawsuit in a written statement saying it, “has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegations that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.”
The lawsuit challenges that response by saying, “players who suffered concussions were told by the NFL and its agents not to be overly concerned, and were regularly returned to game action mere minutes after sustaining them.”
Over 2,000 former players have filed more than 70 lawsuits against the NFL, and the number is expected to continue to rise. Monk’s lawsuit says that his concussion were “improperly diagnosed and improperly treated throughout his career, and that he was left with “multiple traumatic brain injuries.”