New York Giants Chairman Steve Tisch just donated $1.2 million to NYC public
high schools, all in the name of safety. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced
that the donation would go toward helping high school football teams set
up special programs to respond to head injuries.
Football-related head injuries have made headlines of late, with NFL stars
such as Kevin Turner, Leonard Marshall, and Tony Dorsett coming out with
stories of inadequate treatment and prevention, conditions such as chronic
traumatic encephalopathy ("CTE"), and lifelong trauma leading
to memory loss, depression, and even suicide. In fact, the NFL recently
conceded to evidence that
one out of every three of its players would suffer some type of brain trauma.
Perhaps Tisch is trying to restore his franchise's image, or even faith
in the NFL. Whatever the case, these types of programs to increase awareness
and treat on-field head injuries are long overdue. As part of the donation,
NYC high school football teams will get professional trainers and medical
techs to accompany all practices. The $1.2 million donation will affect
3,500 players over the course of two years. Most schools do not have the
financial means to implement this level of safety.
Recently, the National Football League
agreed to pay $765 million to almost 5,000 of its former players after they formed a class and sued
the league, alleging that it knew the long-term risks associated with
these head injuries, yet did nothing to protect the players. This might
not be the last of what the NFL has to pay either. Many other players
continue to come forward with CTE and related conditions.
Negligence at the level shown by the NFL must be accounted for. Paulson
Coletti's injury lawyers are passionate about securing justice for
injury victims and families who have lost loved ones through wrongful actions.
Contact our firm today to learn how our firm may be able to help you.