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Penn State Football: University Named In Concussion Lawsuit

by on May 17, 2016 8:23 PM

UPDATE:

A second player associated with the suit, Eric Ravotti has reportedly dropped his name from the suit according to a report on Wednesday morning. 

Original Story:

According to multiple reports, at least two former Penn State football players have filed a class-action lawsuit against the university, the Big Ten conference, and the NCAA. The suit is the latest in a growing list of legal filings and debates surrounding concussions and athlete safety.

Per a CBS Sports Report, Penn State and Vanderbilt are the only schools named as defendants among a total of six suits filed. Former players from Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, and Utah are suing their respective conferences at-large and the NCAA, not their specific schools according to CBS.

"The goal of the suits is to get people who are injured financial compensation, something that hasn't happened as of yet," Edelson told CBS Sports

As it pertains to Penn State, former players, 1980s defensive back Robert Samuels, late 1990s safety James Boyd and 1990-1994 linebacker Eric Ravotti, were affiliated with the suit according to an initial list provided by CBS Sports. Per a separate report on Tuesday evening, Boyd was no longer the lead plaintiff of the suit.

Penn State did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but announced a concussion research partnership in October with the Head Healthy Network.

“We greatly appreciate the commitment of Penn State University and its football program to play a leading role in making the game of football safer for players of all ages,” said Head Health Network President Curtis Cruz. “We are proud to participate in one of the most comprehensive concussion research programs to date.”

“Working with Head Health Network has provided our staff with an effective tool for quantifying the number and type of impacts that our players are experiencing,” said Tim Bream, assistant athletic director for Athletic Training Services and head trainer for the Nittany Lion football team. “We are excited that the information we collect will be utilized to help make the game of football safer for not only our players, but for players of all ages."



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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