Report: Two former Penn State players suing university, B1G, NCAA
According to CBS Sports, Two Penn State players are suing the university, the B1G and the NCAA for financial compensation from concussions they suffered while playing football.
The report said that former Lions Robert Samuels (defensive back, 1988-89) and Eric Ravotti (linebacker, 1990-94) filed a suit that states that they still suffer with their cognitive functioning, such as loss of memory and mood swings. Former Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist James Boyd (safety, 1997-2001) was originally part of the lawsuit, but he removed himself.
They weren’t the only former players suing the NCAA in concussion lawsuits. Former players from Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Utah all are seeking compensation from the NCAA, as well as their respective conferences.
The CBS report said the lawsuits “allege negligence, fraudulent concealment, breach of express contract, breach of implied contract, breach of third-party express contract and unjust enrichment.”
The NCAA is in the process of finalizing a $75 million settlement for a different concussion-based lawsuit. According to lawyer Jay Edelson, who is representing the ex-football players, there could be 40-50 class-action suits filed against the NCAA.
The NCAA didn’t have a concussion protocol plan in place until 2010.
It remains to be seen if other former B1G players will join in the class-action lawsuit movement and sue the NCAA and their former schools.