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SBD/September 16, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL To Start Cracking Down On Taunting, Accusing Players Of Fake Injuries
Published September 16, 2013
MISSED OPPORTUNITY? In N.Y., William Rhoden writes of the NFL concussion lawsuit, "By settling, the former players and their families won immediate financial assistance for pressing and sometimes costly medical problems." However, they "lost a golden opportunity to learn more about what might have caused them." A trial would have "forced the NFL to make a concession similar to the one made years ago by the tobacco industry." Without "admitting guilt or revealing what it might have known about head injuries, the NFL agreed to pay for the outcome of those risks." The settlement was "a game-changer in the discussion about head injuries and player safety, and for the NFL, it came with a relatively cheap price tag." The settlement has "left critics of football stranded on a moral island, though I suspect a large number have not lost much sleep over the moral and ethical costs of America’s brutal pastime" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/16).