The NFL has come under a lot of fire over the past couple of years based on new awareness about the negative effects of concussions in football players. They have been hit by a wave of lawsuits by former players and there is no sign that these cases will stop appearing any time soon.
Lisa Donovan of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that former Bears safety Shaun Gayle is the latest in a long line of former players to file a lawsuit against the NFL for failing to properly diagnose head injuries. Gayle now suffers from symptoms associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
"Following his retirement from the NFL, Shaun Gayle suffers from headaches, occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits associated with CTE," the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court states.
Gayle blasts the NFL for failing to prevent, diagnose and properly treat concussive brain trauma throughout his career, which ended in 1995, according to the lawsuit.
"Following documented concussions, the NFL [never] warned Shaun Gayle that playing through concussions could, and would, cause permanent brain damage," the suit states.
As in many other lawsuits of this type, helmet manufacturer Riddell is also listed as a defendant.