According To Edgerrin James, The NFL Tried To Fatigue Former Players Out Of Becoming Part Of The Concussion Settlement
"A beautifully executed scam!! True Story: I go to get my exam because I do have 20+ years of football in this body. This Doctor says we’re gonna go over a few test... Starting at 100, subtract 7 and keep subtracting until I say stop. Instantly I say, ‘WTF’ this got to do with anything. So I do that dumb ass sh*t. Lol. Next test we’re gonna give you an address and in a few minutes I want you to tell me that address. Once again I said ‘WTF’ this gotta do with anything... So I tell his dumbass the address that he just told me. Lol. Then he says we have a few more test today and we’ll call you for the 8 hour session of test. I say 8 hours of more stupid ass questions? He says yes...So I cut that meeting short and said fk that concussion settlement. Like the guys on Shark Tank always say when they sense a bad deal... “Edge Out”. Good luck to all the former players thinking they’re gonna get something from the concussion settlement. And to the Lawyers, my daughter is in school to become a Lawyer... Next time you find a sweet deal like this concussion settlement, make sure you let my Daughter in on it. Lol #CreateTheLifeUwant2Live"
Clearly there is no shortage of criticisms that can be made of the NFL. As an entity that has become worth billions on the backs of players whose hemorrhaged brain cells they have only just begun to acknowledge, they are just about the furthest thing from beyond reproach. Still, even for the most cutthroat, money-hungry league in professional sports, this seems low.
Assuming that Edgerrin James' experience is just like that of every other player who thinks years of head-to-head collisions with the biggest, strongest, and fastest athletes on the planet just might have done irreparable damage to their cerebral cortex, think about what the NFL is doing here. Those maniacal sons of bitches have turned an exam that - on its surface - is a service to the players whose minds were intentionally put at a risk that they weren't fully aware of into an arduously long undertaking that would leave the most trauma-afflicted of former athletes wondering whether or not it's worth it. I'm sure that memory evaluations are the best way to decipher whether or not an adult brain has been affected by CTE, but 8+ hours of them?! That sounds more draining than taking the wheel during a road trip with an overly curious kid who forgot to take his Ritalin. From the looks of things, the NFL is literally trying to exhaust it's former employees out of collecting their reparations by turning it into a process that makes the SAT's seem as painstaking as a 'True Or False' test.
You want to collect a little cash in exchange for all those years off your life that you donated to professional football? You better be ready earn it, because the NFL won't even stop short of asking stupid questions that could be accurately answered by a first grader that's fallen off the swings one too many for the entirety of a work shift in an effort to eventually use a loophole to deny them from you anyway!