For the first time in a very long time, I feel that momentum is FINALLY AT LONG LAST, on the side of retired players! Recent and ongoing media exposure of the loathsome race norming that has been taking place in the Concussion Settlement has made an impact. Public sentiment is definitely with retired players now, and especially Black players who've been victims of race norming. In order to reach as many folks as quickly as possible, I've combined the newsletter to Retired NFL with our General Interest newsletter group, as I'd love to see both groups participating in the social media challenge you'll read about shortly.
As a result of some harsh press, the NFL, Chris Seeger, and even the courts have been trying to put out the fire and shift the momentum back to their favor. The NFL announced
(without an apology) it would discontinue race norming and is looking for another protocol to use. Translation: They're looking for a new way to deny players of all races since they got caught perpetuating systemic racism. We cannot let this happen.
Chris Seeger has embarked on a PR tour billing himself as the "fix-it man," and issuing a rare apology on ABC NIteline
. I'm sure he is sorry that he got caught but I'm not buying what he is trying to sell. He also appeared on Andrew Brandt's podcast
, and somehow convinced Mike Freeman of USA Today to write a piece that reads like an infomercial
. Fortunately, most media has not been as gullible as Freeman, but we do need to continue to keep them interested and informed.
Even Judge Brody's court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, above her, seem to be getting nervous and antsy. The first clue came when Judge Brody granted the Henry/Davenport motion to intervene
in the race norming mediation she ordered after first saying she would defer ruling on it. Her next order came a few days later when she ordered
Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge, who is presiding over the mediation, to file a progress report. Oddly, the report was due on Friday, June 11, but nothing has appeared on the docket as of yet.
Odder yet, even the Third Circuit seems to be reacting to media attention and pressure. I've written several stories on Amon Gordon's thrice approved and then denied without explanation claim and his subsequent appeal. In case you missed it, this is my first article
on his case, and this is the most recent one: