TMZ.com reported Tuesday night that 75 players, including former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper and former Giants running backs Rodney Hampton and Ottis Anderson, filed a lawsuit claiming the NFL knew about the harmful effects of game-related concussions for 90 years.
“The NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects on a player’s brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players and the public,” the lawsuit states, according to TMZ.
The report also said the lawsuit claims the NFL commissioned a study in 1994, titled “NFL Committee on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury” and published a report in 2004. That latter report concluded there was “no evidence of worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects” from multiple concussions, according to the lawsuit.
The suit alleges the league didn’t acknowledge until June 2010 that concussions could lead to memory loss, dementia and other related symptoms, TMZ reported.
It reported Riddell, the manufacturer of NFL helmets, is also a defendant in the case.