Suing for Common Sense
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 19:09
Three former college football players have decided to sue the NCAA for not informing them of the danger of concussions, or doing enough to treat the damaging effects. Two of the three are University of Tennessee players who attended between 2007 and 2011 while the third played for North Carolina State from 1972-76. What they are doing is reprehensible and amounts to stealing from other players for the following reasons.
First, concussions are one of the most common football injuries. If you didn’t figure this out, by reasoning that much of football amounts to burly men weighing hundreds of pounds slamming into each other repeatedly, then you can find out using a thirty second search for football sports injuries on the internet.
One might argue that the man in 1972 did not have access to the internet where I would reply that he did have access to a doctor whom he could ask about concussions. Ether these ex players either were not aware that slamming into other large men their size at top speed might cause injury, or they have been inspired to clear the pockets of the NCAA by the success of fellow athletes suing the NFL for the same reason.
Suing people for frivolous reasons is bad enough, but this lawsuit has the potential to actively harm current students. The NCAA is a non-profit organization which is a provider of catastrophic health insurance to student athletes. They are providing precisely the kind of care to current students which they claim the NCAA did not provide.
Even if this kind of care was not provided in the 70’s, it is unfair to hold the organization accountable for neglecting current safety standards 40 years ago. The man who is suing should let the NCAA continue to spend it’s money taking care of current student athletes and pay for his own health concerns. Football is risky, and all parties should have been able to figure that out before consenting to play on a college team. While head injuries are a serious problem, the NCAA can not afford and should not have to take care of players after they have finished college.