Several NFL players are involved in a lawsuit that was recently filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta alleging brain injuries sustained during their playing days have affected their quality of life.
Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levins, Fulton Kuykendall and Ryan Stewart all are plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed against the league they formerly played in. The ex-players also included FNL Properties LLC as a defendant in the lawsuit.
According to the suit, the players believe the NFL had knowledge as early as the 1920s of the potential for concussions to harm players, which has been a topic of discussion since the deaths of two-time Super Bowl champion Dave Duerson and John Mackey from dementia.
"The NFL has done everything in its power to hide the issue and mislead players concerning the risks associated with concussions," the players argue in the lawsuit.
The players who filed contend that the league hid the potential dangers from the players, coaches, trainers and the public until June 2010, when cases of players with dementia began to increase. The NFL began to publicly acknowledge the health threats when tragedy struck former players.
The AP reported that all four of the ex-players who filed the lawsuit live in the Atlanta area.