New York Times - Former N.F.L. Players Make Difficult Choice in Opposing Concussion Settlement
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Kevin Turner and Sean Morey played a combined 17 years in the N.F.L. They were never teammates, but they became friends in 2010 when they worked with the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee for disabled retirees. They consulted with doctors studying the effects of concussions on football players. Morey raised money for Turner’s foundation after Turner received a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., four years ago.
So in January, before Morey joined six other former N.F.L. players to file an objection to the proposed settlement in a lawsuit that includes a promise by the league to compensate retirees with severe neurological problems, he called Turner to explain why he was taking a step that might delay much-needed money for Turner.
“My heart bleeds for Kevin,” said Morey, who said the settlement was flawed primarily because it covered too few conditions. “We both want what’s fair, adequate and reasonable, but unfortunately his condition is much more urgent.”
Turner, 45, and Morey, 38, represent opposite views on whether players should accept the settlement; opt out and retain their right to sue the N.F.L.; or object and perhaps appeal to a higher court.
The debate is real now that 20,000 retired players and their beneficiaries are being sent an outline of the settlement, which is full of legal and medical jargon, descriptions of an assessment program and tables showing who is eligible for an award.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:35
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Over the past couple of years, WIAT has continued to follow former Alabama football great Kevin Turner’s battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Tonight, WIAT’s own, and lifelong friend of Kevin’s, Mark Prater shares a new chapter of how others continue to help make our country aware of ALS, this time literally climbing a mountain for the cause.
That mountain is located 19,341 feet above sea level and covered in treacherous snow and ice. It’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s toughest climbs. Jon Johnnidis, a New York film producer and director, joined 7 others to make the 3 mile vertical climb for ALS awareness. Before the climb Johnnidis didn’t know Turner. That was until he interviewed the former NFL star a month before the climb. After that his climb went from a project to a mission.
“I never laughed so hard during an interview,” Johnnidis said. “He’s uplifting. Even as he struggles with his words, I had no trouble understanding each word he said, because he struggles so much he speaks very deliberately and each word is chosen very deliberately.”
Geared with camera equipment, Johnnidis chronicled the life-changing event.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:13
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