Former Star Tony Dorsett Sues NFL Over Concussions
1 year ago
Dorsett and 300 other players suing the league
Former NFL great Tony Dorsett and 300 other former players are joining forces to sue the NFL for heath problems they've suffered after playing in games with concussions. Some of them are also suing helmet maker Riddel.
The players claim that they were put back on the field after getting hit hard and suffering from a concussion. Dorsett himself shares a story where he was put back in the game after having light shined in his eyes. He tells the AP that he couldn't even tell team trainers who he was sitting next to on the bench, but he was still sent back out to play.
"That ain't the first time I was knocked out or been dazed over the course of my career, and now I'm suffering for it," says the 57-year-old. "And the NFL is trying to deny it."
Dorsett, who played from 1977 to 1988, says that he has scans of his brain proving that he is suffering effects from hard hits to this day and that his brain isn't getting enough oxygen.
"I don't want to get to the point where it turns into dementia, Alzheimer's. I don't want that," says Dorsett, who admits that he's already at the point where he forgets names and why he walks into a certain room. "There's no doubt in my mind that ... what I went through as a football player is taking an effect on me today. There's no ifs ands or buts about that. I'm just hoping and praying I can find a way to cut it off at the pass."