The NFL continues to take steps towards equality, and now they have ended a regulation that affected former African-American players in concussion cases. The league’s bylaws for pensioners had been flagged for racism, and the league has made a reform of the rules after thousands of complaints.
Racist Clauses in Concussion Cases
The protocols for concussion were established in the 1990s, and among the plans of the NFL are the pension payments to those former players who were affected by concussions. However, the league’s standards for applying to these benefits were not the same for whites and African Americans.
In the original regulations, unequal treatment between races is justified by the fact that former black players “have worse cognitive function.” For this reason, many pensions for retired footballers have been disallowed, which has led to thousands of complaints to the league for racism. Some 2,000 people have filed lawsuits in recent years, but only 600 would have received a response. It was Amy Lewis, wife of Ken Jenkins (former runner of Washington FT) who commanded the legal advance to achieve the reform.
After a $ 1 billion legal case was filed, the parties have reached an agreement. The reforms to the concussion pension statutes were announced by league spokesman Brian McCarthy. “We are committed to eliminating norms based on race in the program and more broadly in the neuropsychological community.”
“Everyone agrees that the norms based on race must be replaced. The replacement rules will be applied prospectively and retrospectively for those players who otherwise would have qualified for the aid, but due to the application of the rules based on the race they did not achieve it »added the representative of the NFL after the agreement.
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