Thursday, July 17, 2014

Now, It's The CFL's Turn For Concussion Lawsuits

((HT: NextSportStar/Tysiak))

And it's coming from star receiver Arland Bruce...

He claims that he was allowed to play in the Western Conference Final in 2012 with symptoms and after continuous hits
((HT: CFL on TSN))

Bruce is suing CFL commissioner Mark Cohon, CFL Alumni Association executive director Leo Ezerins and every single CFL franchise for clearing him to play (sidebar: every team seems a bit of a stretch).

Bruce claims that he was knocked out after a hard tackle in a BC Lions-Saskatchewan Roughriders earlier in the season.

But his lawsuit focuses on the WCF:

“On November 18, 2012, the plaintiff was permitted to return to play in the CFL West Division Final against the Calgary Stampeders despite still suffering from the effects of concussion,”

“On November 18, 2012, the plaintiff, during the course of the CFL West Division Final, sustained multiple sub-concussion and concussive hits while playing the position of wide receiver. Further, despite the fact that the plaintiff was displaying the ongoing effects of concussion to medical professionals and coaching staff, he was permitted to return to play in the 2013 CFL season for the Montreal Alouettes.”

The Concussion Blog's Terry Ott has a copy of the claim hyah and says Bruce is alleging “Fraudulent Concealment” and “Negligent Misrepresentation” on all the named parties above.

The Scratching Post Blog has this video in their stacks of Commissioner Cohon addressing the concussion issue in his league

This looks far from over...

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