The NFL still won’t admit that playing football had anything to do with the head trauma suffered by thousands of former players. But it’s willing to cough up $765 million dollars to make the issue go away. Today a judge accepted a settlement between the NFL and 4,500 former players who sued the league over concussions. Here’s a statement released by the court mediator in the case:
“This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football. Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed. I am deeply grateful to Judge Brody for appointing me as mediator and offering me the opportunity to work on such an important and interesting matter.”
Retired players who were not apart of the suit will also benefit from the settlement. The money will go toward exams, treatment and research for brain injuries.