Chiefs sued by five former players over concussions

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The attorneys for five former Kansas City Chiefs’ players who are suing the Chiefs organization over their continued health problems that they blame on concussions, held a news conference at 2 p.m. to discuss the lawsuit.

The former Chiefs players named in the lawsuit include:

Alexander Louis Cooper, Chiefs linebacker 1985-1991
Leonard Griffin, Chiefs defensive end 1986- 1993
Christopher Martin, Chiefs linebacker 1988-1993 (along with his wife)
Joseph Phillips, Chiefs defensive tackle 1992-1993
Kevin Porter, Chiefs defensive back 1988-1993

The five claim they suffer from post-concussion syndrome and latent brain disease, which they say was directly caused by the Chiefs’ ‘wrongful conduct’, according to the lawsuit.

The defendants claim the Chiefs marginalized the risks of brain injuries and regularly referred to concussions as ‘getting your bell rung’ or a ‘ding’.

The lawsuit says the Chiefs knew or should have known of the “devastating nature and long-term effects of concussive and sub-concussive injuries long before Plaintiffs were exposed to repetitive brain trauma.”

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