Our previous two articles have touched on the dangers that CTE poses and where the liability could lie with clubs and governing bodies. This final instalment will question where liability on a player vs. player basis could come into play.
If we compare two incidents (one from the professional ranks and one from the amateur) with the same facts the outcomes are very different. Gloucester prop Nick Wood, just 73 seconds into the recent game against Saracens, stamped twice onto the face of Jacques Burger. Wood received a red card and a likely ban of 9 weeks from the RFU’s disciplinary panel. Rhys Garfield playing in the amateur Welsh leagues was jailed for 15 months for stamping on an opponent’s head back in 2006.
Continue reading Banging Heads Together 3: One rule for one, another for everybody else
In our previous blog “Banging Heads Together” we discussed the discovery of the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in a former rugby union player with a further 10 potential cases coming to light.
CTE is a degenerative and incurable disease that compromises neural activity and is linked to memory loss, depression and dementia. The presence of CTE in America Footballers was brought into the headlines following the suicides of at least six NFL players since 2011.
Continue reading Banging Heads Together 2: CTE, the hidden killer
It is common knowledge that Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley were successful musicians that were taken from the world too young. Perhaps what you didn’t know, that all three had in common, was that all three celebrities (the oldest being Bob Marley at 36) passed away without making a Will.
Surely, given the millions of pounds that these celebrities had made during their short lives you would think that creating a Will to ensure that their millions were left to only their nearest and dearest would be at the forefront of their minds? It appears not.
Continue reading The Pitfalls of Celebrity Procrastination & The Importance of Having a Will
“The settlement does not represent, and cannot be considered, an admission by the NFL of liability, or an admission that plaintiffs injuries were caused by football.”
This was the press release following the announcement that the National Football League (NFL) would be paying out $765 million to over 4,500 former players following mediation in the Concussion lawsuit. Private discussions took place in front of mediator Layn Phillips last month in the US.
Continue reading Banging Heads Together – Concussion is giving the NFL & RFU a real headache