Ex-Kansas Fullback Sues NCAA Over Head Trauma, Major Question of Culpability
"Former Kansas fullback Christopher Powell alleges in a lawsuit that the NCAA failed to adequately protect athletes from head trauma.
The class-action lawsuit, filed this week in the U.S. District Court for Western Missouri, seeks an undetermined amount in damages for Powell and other athletes who suffered head trauma in college, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Powell, of Kansas City, Mo., said in his filing he had at least four concussions while playing for Kansas from 1990 to 1994. He alleges that after one concussion sustained during a practice, he lost memory for about 24 hours.
Powell said he continues to suffer neurological and cognitive deficits that require medical monitoring and out-of-pocket expenses. He alleges the NCAA was negligent in its "failure to take effective action to protect players and/or inform players of the true risks associated with concussions, brain injury and brain trauma.""
Honestly this is a tough question. I think if this guy didn't know the risks of playing football and getting concussions then that's probably his fault. I knew that stuff when I was playing rec league at age 11. However, the NCAA could put a lot more into researching and providing better equipment and helmets to players. What do you think?