Prominent Attorney Willie E. Gary and his legal team have filed suit against the NFL for failure to take effective action to protect NFL players, and failure to inform players of the true risks associated with concussions, head injury, and head trauma. The legal team includes Willie E. Gary (Stuart, FL), Charles Emanuel (Orlando, FL), Wayne Ferrell (Jackson, MS), and Charles Peckham (Houston, TX). The official announcement will take place on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, where a press conference is scheduled to be held on the steps of the Tampa Bay Courthouse.
Since the suicide of Dave Duerson, a former NFL Chicago Bear who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, a spotlight has been placed on highlighting the true detrimental effects of concussions and the NFL’s presumed concealment of this information. This recent complaint against the NFL includes Arron Sears, Jimmie Giles, and Don Smith; all are former players for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The lawsuit holds the NFL responsible for deliberately ignoring and concealing known effects of repeated concussions. Attorneys for the plaintiffs allege the NFL deceived players and caused the players to believe concussions or head injuries did not present serious life-altering risks. According to a statement issued by lead attorney Willie E. Gary, NFL players were led to believe it was safe to return to practice and play without limitations or restrictions, and without a release from a medical physician.
“This is a very sad and unfortunate situation,” said Gary. “There are so many who have suffered and many who have died because someone thought that finishing a game was more important than human life.” Gary and his legal team contend that their clients intend to force the NFL to acknowledge their wrongful
actions and bring change to the current NFL rules and responsibilities.
“When there is no accountability for the harm caused, then those at fault will undoubtedly continue to act in whatever ways bring the most profits, with more and more human beings being hurt in the process,” said Gary.
A press conference will be held immediately following the filing on Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 AM in front of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse, located at 800 Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida. Gary is no stranger to seeking justice.
Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants, including the funeral industry. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.