Tuesday, September 3, 2013

More than 280 former Kansas City Chiefs players involved in $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement with NFL

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Ex-Chiefs defensive lineman among many former players settling with the NFL
  • Ex-Chiefs defensive lineman among many former players settling with the NFL

News broke late last week before the Labor Day weekend that the National Football League settled myriad lawsuits brought by about 4,500 former players who have been suing the league for years for concussion-related claims.

The $765 million will compensate former players and set aside a portion of the settlement for concussion research.

The settlement staves off a potentially damaging and lengthy court battle for both sides, each of which risked financial and reputation losses from the protracted litigation (read here for an apt legal analysis of the case).

Rafts of retired players, some of whom are now dead and others who insist they're suffering from the aftermath of concussions sustained from playing the violent sport, have sued the NFL claiming that the league obscured research showing the long-term harm of repeated brain trauma.

Among those 4,500 players were 284 who played for the Kansas City Chiefs at some point in time, according to this database that the Washington Post assembled to chronicle the plaintiffs involved in concussion-related litigation.

Among the more prominent Chiefs players are defensive lineman Neil Smith, wide receiver Eddie Kennison, Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell, defensive back Deron Cherry, wide receiver and kick returner Dante Hall and running back Christian Okoye.

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