A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled "NFL Concussion Settlement: 7 former NFL players that want to speak for all of us."
Those seven players - Sean Morey, Alan Faneca, Ben Hamilton, Robert Royal, Rock Cartwright, Jeff Rohrer, and Sean Considine - had their day in court this past Wednesday and three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals quickly dismissed their request to intervene in the Settlement process. The Judges said that Judge Anita Brody had not yet given final approval to the deal and that objectors still had time to plead their case at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, 2014.
Steven Molo, the attorney for the seven players, told the judges that the settlement doesn’t compensate enough players and that they need to remedy this defect because appealing the settlement after it is made final months from now will lead to even further delays in getting money to players in need.
Mr. Molo thinks Judge Brody will approve the Settlement………and I do too. Why? Because she’s done everything in her power to make sure the Settlement is fair to former players.
That doesn't seem to matter to Mr. Molo and the seven players he represents. They seem to be hell bent on filing an appeal and delaying benefits and compensation to the guys that need it most. But, like I said in my article, where were these guys and their lawyer when other former players were filing lawsuits against the NFL?
None of the seven filed a lawsuit against the NFL.
In fact, over 15,000 former players did not file, but now Mr. Molo and the seven would like all former players to be compensated for their depression, anger issues, sleep disorders, headaches and other “symptoms” of CTE - symptoms that have been associated with numerous other disorders and diseases (not to mention hereditary and environmental factors). Our attorney’s would have had serious problems proving these symptoms were from CTE (since it can’t be diagnosed in living persons) and that the symptoms were solely caused by the playing in the NFL.
Sure, we would all like to get money from the Settlement right now, but like a lot of former players that took the time and effort to file lawsuits, I have a hard time listening to guys that didn't go on the record from the start – and now want to tell the rest of us it’s a bad deal.
If Mr. Molo and the seven players he represents don’t like the Settlement, then they have a perfect remedy………..“OPT OUT”…… and go back to court against the NFL.
It’s time for them to stop their selfish and misguided appeals and attempts to delay and deny former players the compensation they need now - and for those that will need it in the future.
Mr. Molo said “…appealing the settlement after it is made final months from now will lead to even further delays in getting money to players in need.” Sounds like a threat to me. But he’s right. It will delay getting money to players in need. Unfortunately, he will be the one who creates that delay if he, or any other lawyers and players appeal the Settlement after it receives final approval.
In my opinion, he's just looking to make money from appealing the Settlement and he doesn't really care about the players in need. Why? Because he doesn't represent any of the former players that filed lawsuits.
As it stands right now, Mr. Molo will get nothing from the Settlement because he didn't retain any former players, or file any lawsuits on their behalf.
The only way Mr. Molo can make any money is by filing appeals on behalf of former players, or as I recommended, by having his seven clients opt out of the Settlement.
If they opt out, they reserve the right to sue the NFL. Mr. Molo can then file lawsuits on their behalf and some day in the distant future - if they are lucky enough to win a case against the NFL and get compensated - he can collect his fee.
Former players that are duped into filing an appeal of this settlement will be guilty of delaying and denying the benefits and compensation to the guys that need it now - not after their dead. History will not smile favorably on the players that run this “appeals” route.
I took the offense in helping thousands of former players file lawsuits against the NFL. Now I’m taking the defense in helping thousands of former players get the benefits they deserve under this Settlement over the next 65 years.
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