I’m at a loss. Can someone please explain this to me? I’m not following these things as close as I probably could, but I am absolutely baffled by the lawsuits that players are bringing towards the NFL. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love football. (Don’t confuse love with fanatic, pls.) It was my undying passion for 10+ years. I understand some of the “crazy” things players do, but for the life of me, this I do not get.
From what I understand, the players are suing the NFL because they say that the NFL isn’t doing enough to prevent concussions and are withholding data on long term brain injury. I can see that being a valid argument. If the NFL admits that playing this game causes long term mental damage, OSHA and/or the Player’s Union and/or some other’s worker’s rights group would be all over them.
However, this is the part I don’t get. These same players are the ones that are out there every Sunday playing through pain, getting injections, complaining that the game is “getting too soft”, and lying to the medical staff just so they can stay on the field and continue the risks of getting concussions.
How does this work? Am I missing a key piece to this puzzle, or do players want their cake so they can blame the baker when ordered the wrong one?