I don’t think the media is purposely painting ex-NFL players in a negative light when reporting about the concussion lawsuits that have been filed against the league but they aren’t going out of their way to show people the players’ side of the issue either.
Sports analyst (and ex-NFL player) Mike Pitts was able to put the issue into proper perspective during the Pro Sports Lives radio show on Saturday by stating that the players’ grievances are really a healthcare issue.
Pitts stated that the players were basically asking, “Why do I have to pay out of my pocket for something that was caused by my job?”
Players have experienced work related injuries and just like someone working a regular job, they shouldn’t have to pay all of those medical expenses out of their own pockets. The lawsuits are a way to get help for their continuing medical problems.
But the media have led people to believe that ex-players are just being greedy and opportunistic which is simply not the case. Until the league instituted its current policy on concussions, guys could be placed back in the lineup a few players later still suffering the effects of their head injuries.
And many of them pay for that with their lives. Junior Seau’s unfortunate death may be the result of concussions he suffered over the course of his career.
Plus there is a lot of information the NFL hasn’t released about its past studies on concussions and the players want to know what did the league know about the issue and when did they know it. This issue will go to arbitration soon so we will hopefully know more in the coming months.
Roosevelt Hall is a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He is also an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.