5 Former Chiefs Sue Team Over Head Injuries

By: 13 Sports, Justin Surrency Email
By: 13 Sports, Justin Surrency Email

Kansas City, Mo. – A former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker says he was never told that he would have severe disabilities later in life for continuing to play in games after sustaining a concussion.

Five former Kansas City Chiefs players are suing the team, claiming it hid the risks of head injuries.

The plaintiffs in the county circuit court lawsuit are Leonard Griffin, Chris Martin and his wife, Joe Phillips, Alexander Louis Cooper and Kevin Porter. All say they are suffering from brain damage - specifically chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Chiefs of negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment and loss of consortium between the plaintiffs and their wives. The plaintiffs want a jury trial and more than $15,000 on each count for actual and punitive damages.

All players were on the team between 1987 and 1991 - a stretch during which no collective bargaining agreement was in place in the NFL.

Chris Martin is one of five former Chiefs players who filed a lawsuit in Jackson County on Tuesday against the Chiefs organization for failing to disclose the dangers of competing after suffering head injuries.

Suburban Kansas City attorney Ken McClain is representing the players.

McClain says a proposed $765 million settlement by the NFL to compensate former players with brain injuries is insufficient and doesn't cover any of his clients in their case against the Chiefs.

The team has refused to comment on the lawsuit.

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