NCAA sued by former college football players
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletics Association is facing another lawsuit from former college football players who have suffered concussions.
The class-action lawsuit claims that the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect players from devastating concussions leading to long-term health problems.
First it was the NFL, and now the NCAA is facing the lawsuits from former college football players who say they suffer from headaches, memory loss and other health issues related to blows to the head on the field.
“It involves hundreds of players, who like these two, took a beating to the head during a game and suffered some kind of traumatic brain injury," attorney Richard Shevitz said.
The class-action lawsuit involves former Oregon and Washington quarterback Johnny Durocher and former University of Washington safety Darin Harris.
Lawyers for the former players say that studies, some funded by the NCAA, revealed that players with concussions shouldn't be allowed to play for seven days. Yet the NCAA still has a one-day-return-to-play rule.
The lawsuit alleges that the NCAA concealed that information from players, and as a result, allowed them to be harmed.
In a separate case filed last month, three former college football players sued the NCAA for allegedly failing to educate players and disclose the risk of concussions, and they claimed that the institution didn't do enough to assess, treat and prevent brain trauma following player concussions.
An NCAA spokesperson told RTV6 that the organization is unaware of this latest lawsuit and therefore can't comment.
Also included is Riddell -- the Chicago company that makes helmets used in college and professional football.
What is still unknown is how many players should be included in the lawsuit.
“That will be one of the issues to resolve through litigation as to how far back the NCAA's liability should extend and how many people should be included, but that will be one of the hard-fought issues," Shevitz said.
Former athletes claim the organization should have put processes in place to protect the long-term health of players, but failed an unknown number of players who are now suffering from long-term brain injuries.
Law firms in Indianapolis and three other cities have joined in the class-action lawsuit filing, and have asked for unspecified damages to pay for the ongoing medical care for former players, as well as monitor the diagnosis of future brain-related impairments.
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