The NFL has been overwhelmed with negative attention about head injuries that occur in the game, whether they be sudden head injuries or long term effects from those injuries. Former players have united to take on the league about the issue of concussions and those former players range from long retired players to even players playing the game today.
One of the newest names in the fight against the NFL is former running back Jahvid Best, who has filed suit against not only the NFL but football helmet manufacturer Riddell as well.
His lawsuit argues that the NFL knew about the risks of head injuries suffered by players but didn’t do enough to protect them. The lawsuit also names helmet manufacturer Riddell as a defendant and seeks unspecified “economic and noneconomic” damages.
The lawsuit that Best has filed against the league sounds pretty much in line with other lawsuits we’ve seen filed, but his circumstances are drastically different. Where former players long since retired are filing suit, Best is claiming he was disabled almost immediately but the game and forced to retire at a young age.
Best filing the lawsuit will no doubt kick up the concussion debate ahead of the biggest game in the NFL season this Sunday.