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DETROIT -- Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet
DETROIT -- Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet maker Riddell after concussion problems helped cut short his career. Toby Alderweireld Jersey . The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday. It alleges the league has been aware of evidence of mild traumatic brain injuries and the risk for its players for years, but "deliberately ignored and actively concealed" the information. It also accuses Riddell of making defective helmets and failing to inform the players of the long-term effects of concussions. "The NFL, like the sport of boxing, was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows producing sub-concussive and concussive results and the fact that some members of the NFL players population were at significant risk of developing long-term brain damage and cognitive decline as a result," the lawsuit reads. "Despite its knowledge and controlling role in governing player conduct on and off the field, the NFL turned a blind eye to the risk and failed to warn and/or impose safety regulations governing this health and safety problem." A message was left Wednesday seeking comment from the NFL. Riddell spokeswoman Erin Griffin declined comment Wednesday night. The Detroit Free Press was the first to report on the lawsuit. Bests suit comes just days before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. It also comes on the heels of a ruling by a federal judge that calls into question the viability of a proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody denied preliminary approval of the plan because shes worried the money for 20,000 retired players could run out sooner than expected. She also raised concerns two weeks ago that anyone who gets concussion damages from the NFL would be barred from suing the NCAA or other amateur football leagues. Best was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2010 draft and accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. But he was limited to six games during the 2011 season after what he said was the third concussion of his football career. He was cut by Detroit in July. Best also had a scary fall when he was a college player at California that knocked him out and sent him to the hospital with a concussion and sore back. Best, who turns 25 on Thursday, is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the NFL and Riddell, to go along with economic and non-economic damages. "Unfortunately, with these types of injuries, as has been documented, the long-term effects of the injuries to the brain may not manifest themselves for a number of years," Bret Schnitzer, Bests attorney, said in an email to The Associated Press. "Jahvid obviously had some manifestation of concussion syndrome, which is well documented in the media. But in terms of the full extent of the injury to the brain, as we can see from other players and from the science, that cant always be determined in a 25-year-old." Schnitzer declined to make Best available for an interview. "He was disabled from playing football due to the concussions. Thats all Im really going to indicate in terms of his condition at this time," Schnitzer said in an email. "Itll develop through the litigation." Romelu Lukaku Jersey . Off-Season Game Plan looks at what the Blue Jackets may do to build upon last seasons success to return to the playoffs again next year. Jason Denayer Jersey . Sterling was banned for life and fined US$2.5 million by the NBA on Tuesday for racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. Nash, who plays for the rival L.A. Lakers, spoke as a representative of current NBA players at a press conference assembled by Sacramento mayor and National Basketball Players Association adviser Kevin Johnson. . Hes the same player he always was, only now his efforts are being rewarded. The rookie manager has made a habit of heaping praise on others when things are going well, and accepting criticism when they arent.  But in the case of Hurtado, its what the coach is NOT saying that may be the secret to a superb run of form.RALEIGH, N.C. - Bill Peters smiled a lot after his Carolina Hurricanes routed the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.That is because the rookie NHL head coach finally had the team he had expected to have on opening night.Jeff Skinner scored one of Carolinas four goals in the second period, and the Hurricanes beat Buffalo 5-2, sending the Sabres to their sixth straight loss.Jiri Tlusty had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won three of four. Carolina, last in the Eastern Conference, moved within one point of Buffalo.Tlusty, Eric Staal and Victor Rask scored in a 69-second span late in the second period. Riley Nash added a goal in the third.As close as we projected our lineup to be, this is the first time weve actually had everybody with (Alexander Semin) in and with Jordan Staal and everybody else, said Peters, whose team has lost 116 man-games this season.Alternate captain Jordan Staal has missed 36 games. He returned to action on Dec. 29 after he break a leg in a collision with the Sabres Josh Gorges in a preseason game on Sept. 23.John-Michael Liles played after missing five games due to the flu. He completed Peters desired lineup and had an assist for the Hurricanes. Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk had two assists apiece.Philip Varone scored both Buffalo goals in his second game this season.Its different mistakes from different people every time, Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said of the second period. Its not like its one occurrence. Weve got to be mentally sharp. We talked about it before the game.Weve got to be alert, weve got to make sure were intense, and weve got to bring some urgency. That didnt happen.Cam Ward made 18 saves for Carolina, which has gone 10 games without allowing a power-play goal. Buffalos Jhonas Enroth stopped 26 shots.We know theres never an easy game in this league, Ward said. We know theyve been strugggling. Luis Pedro Cavanda Jersey. . But we needed to pick up our game after the first period and really dictate.It was great to see our guys cash in some goals. Anytime you get five its a big boost to the confidence.Buffalo beat Carolina in a shootout on Oct. 14 in the first meeting between the teams this season.Skinner gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the rematch at 4:42 of the second with his ninth goal. He received Semins pass in the left circle and slid a shot past Enroth.Varone tied it 69 seconds later, beating Ward glove side on a rush.Carolina took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play later in the period. Tlusty beat Enroth from the doorstep at 13:50, and 53 seconds later — just three seconds after the 5-on-4 power play ended — Staal scored by sending a shot in off defenceman Mike Webers skate to make it 3-1.Rask added Carolinas fourth goal of the period at 15:09.We had puck control, and offensively were controlling the play, Jordans older brother and Carolina captain Eric Staal said of the three quick goals. When youre doing that, you get some penalty calls.We were able to capitalize with the big 5-on-3 goal and then follow that right up quickly. That kind of took the wind right out of their sails.Varone scored his second goal at 8:17 of the third, but Nash made it 5-2 at 10:10.NOTES: Buffalo will visit Tampa Bay on Friday. Carolinas next game is Saturday at St. Louis. ... The Hurricanes activated C Andrej Nestratil (upper body) from the injured list and sent him to Charlotte (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. LW Zach Boychuk and D Michal Jordan were also sent to Charlotte. LW Chris Terry and D Brett Bellemore were healthy scratches. ... Buffalo captain RW Brian Gionta (upper body) missed his eighth game. D Andre Benoit and D Andrej Meszaros were healthy scratches. ... The teams final meeting of the season is April 6 at Buffalo. Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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