Kansas City Chiefs being sued by 5 formers players over concussions

Sep 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A Kansas City Chiefs helmet on the field before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium. Atlanta won the game 40-24. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Associated Press is reporting that five former Kansas City Chiefs‘ players are suing the team, alleging the team hid the risk of head injuries.  The list of players includes Leonard Griffin, Chris Martin, Joe Phillips, Alexander Louis Cooper and Kevin Porter.  The five players along with Martin’s life have filed suit as of today (Tuesday) accusing the Chiefs of negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment and loss of consortium between the plaintiffs and their wives.

The plaintiffs are reported to be seeking $15,000 for each count for actual and punitive damages and they are aiming to see their case heard in front of a jury.  The players were apart of the Chiefs between the years 1987 and 1991, when the NFL did not have a collective bargaining agreement, which is what makes the situation stand out from lawsuits against the league in general.  The Chiefs will have to defend their own actions as opposed to the league in general, but it would not be a surprise if the league helps them with some of their lawyers in order to win here and eliminate future lawsuits of this manner.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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