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SBD/December 4, 2013/Franchises
Former Chiefs Sue Team Over Concussions After Researching NFL's $765M Settlement
Published December 4, 2013
AN ATTEMPT TO ALLAY FEARS: In K.C., Randy Covitz notes a Football Safety Clinic for Moms was held in K.C. yesterday, the third event of its kind "sponsored by the NFL and USA Football." The event "featured a panel that included NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, as well as doctors who specialize in neurosurgery and head trauma." Chiefs Chair & CEO Clark Hunt said, "Health and safety, not only at the professional level, but also at the youth level, is very important to us." Chiefs President Mark Donovan hoped that the fears of some of the women in attendance at the event were "allayed by what they heard from the experts," including Heads Up Football advisory committee members Diane Long, wife of Fox' Howie Long and mother of Rams DE Chris Long and Bears guard Kyle Long, and Diane Golic, wife of ESPN's Mike Golic. Donovan: "We can do all the safety. We can do all the statistics. We can do everything we want, but until we’ve got the moms, who make decisions, we’ve got to put this information in front of them" (K.C. STAR, 12/4). The K.C. STAR's Sam Mellinger in a front-page piece notes at the same time the clinic was taking place, former NFLers Conrad Dobler and Trent Green and former Chiefs GM Carl Peterson "were speaking on a concussion awareness panel at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library." This "was not what the league had in mind for a quiet Tuesday" in K.C. The "strange day is one more example of the league's underwhelming attempt to limit its losses in the wake of a problem it helped create, a problem that has far-reaching consequences" (K.C. STAR, 12/4).