NFL Responds to Player Lawsuits

In response to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) supported mega-suit discussed in a previous blog post, the NFL released a statement: “Our legal team will review today’s filing that is intended to consolidate plaintiffs’ existing claims into one ‘master’ complaint,” The statement went on to read, “the NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s many actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.”¬† The NFL then filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits, including the mega-suit, and the players countered, in a brief filed in US District Court, by disputing efforts by the NFL to frame the cases as a labor issue. Their argument was that the legal system, rather than the sport’s collective bargaining agreements, should govern this exceptional¬†case.