Seven retired NFL players question concussion settlement deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Seven retired NFL players questioned the proposed concussion case settlement, saying the deal is not “fair, adequate and reasonable.”

The ex-players who filed the objection include Sean Morey, Alan Faneca, Ben Hamilton, Robert Royal, Rock Cartwright, Jeff Rohrer and Sean Considine.

Morey was a special-teams player who played for five teams between 1999 and 2010, Faneca was offensive lineman who played 13 seasons mostly with the Steelers between 1998 and 2010; while Hamilton was an offensive lineman who played for two teams between 2001 and 2010.

A tight end, Royal played for three teams between 2002 and 2010 while Cartwright was fullback and kick returner who played for two teams between 2002 and 2011.

Rohrer was an outside linebacker who played for the Cowboys between 1982 and 1989 while Sean Considine was a strong safety who played for five teams between 2005 and 2012.

In their “objection” to the proposal filed in federal court in Philadelphia, the players stated that their “class counsel,” the attorneys who negotiated for the players, produced a “lousy deal” for them and “a great deal for the NFL and class counsel.”

The players’ 58-page critique of the settlement proposal is the first formal objection filed against the settlement, according to Steve Molo, the attorney who represents the group.

“We are asking the judge [Anita Brody of U.S. District Court] to do what she did before — to refuse to grant a preliminary approval,” Molo said.

Although all seven of the players already are suffering from the effects of concussion-caused brain injury, including episodic depression, sleep disorders, mood and personality changes and attention and concentration deficits, none of the them would qualify for awards of compensation under the terms of the revised settlement that was announced on June 25.

Because their conditions have not yet deteriorated into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, they would collect nothing under the proposal, according to Molo.

The players are also critical of the $122.5 million in fees to be awarded to the class counsel who are arguing for the settlement and the complex system that the settlement establishes for players’ claims.

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