Dielman Retirement Emphasizes Concussion Concerns

Stories about NFL players and the effect concussions have are disturbing.

Its quite startling when learning of the retirement of Kris Dielman, 31, from the San Diego Chargers. You see, that might be old when you consider the age of most football players. But to me? That’s pretty young!

The guard finished the 2011 season on injured reserve and had reportedly been considering retirement since suffering a seizure following a concussion in a game in October.

Dielman reportedly wants to keep playing, but doctors advise the quality of his life would diminish if kept play.

Craig Mitnick, a trial attorney representing more than 200 former players, recently released an informative video detailing a mass tort action against the NFL. The suit charges that the NFL and other defendants intentionally and fraudulently misrepresented and/or concealed medical evidence about the short- and long-term risks regarding repetitive traumatic brain injury and concussions, and failed to warn players that they risked permanent brain damage if they returned to play too soon after sustaining a concussion.

Here’s the video:

Let us know what you think … Is it possibly past time for the league to be more honest about concussions and be more proactive with players that are suffering from them?

Miranda Remaklus is senior reporter for Aerys Offsides. She’s also a contributor at Aaron Miles’ Fastball in the MLB section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda. 

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