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Gale Sayers withdraws lawsuit after one day


Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers had filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Riddell for head injuries sustained during his career in the NFL.

Per the Chicago Sun-Times:

The suit claims Sayers played with concussions because the NFL never warned him doing so could cause brain damage.

The five-count lawsuit also names Riddell as a defendant, claiming the helmet maker did not provide adequate safety instructions or information about which models provide the best protection.

After one day though, Sayers withdrew his lawsuit on Saturday.

From the Chicago Tribune:

“I had about one half of a concussion in all of the years that I played,” said Sayers, whose seven-year career ended prematurely in 1971 because of severe knee injuries. “I didn’t say any of the things he said in the paper.”

Ardie Sayers said Winters, of the firm Winters, Salzetta & O’Brien, LLC in Chicago, had mailed paper work to their residence that they saw on Friday, but Gale Sayers did not sign any of the papers. Winters confirmed that he received no signed documents from Sayers.

“I didn’t sign anything. … I talked to the attorney, but there wasn’t nothing to it,” Sayers said.

Sayers is saying it was a misunderstanding and he hadn’t given his consent to file the lawsuit in the first place. Sayers gets props though for not joining in on the lawsuit band wagon just because he probably could.

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