December 28, 2019
Dear Retired Players and Families,
The past month (and year) have flown by! I hope that all of you had a happy holiday celebration and that the upcoming New Year treats you well. Since the month is almost gone, this newsletter will be a combo for December and January. It's been quite an eventful year both for Advocacy for Fairness in Sports and for litigation that affects retired NFL players and those close to them. The NFL Concussion Settlement has grown somewhat quiet after a period of scorched earth attacks on multiple player claims, and now appears to be going after players one by one instead of objections like the generally consistent, and mandatory AAP review filings or even the one in which they sought criminal prosecution. I'm still continuing to monitor the situation as closely as possible and will report new developments as I'm able to unearth the information.
Currently, several very important (precedent-wise) disability lawsuits are underway. Tyrone Keys' lawsuit is especially disturbing in that after he was awarded benefits and received them for years, the Plan decided that his disability was caused by a minor car accident rather than his NFL career and that he'd been paid in error, demanding repayment of over $800,000! Over 5,000 documents have been produced in his record, only one short paragraph of which would support the plan's assertion as to the causation of his injuries. You can read more in our first featured story.