The settlement the NFL reached with its former players has been through the legal gauntlet. The initial $785 million settlement was sent back for being too low by U.S. District Court Judge, Anita Brody. On April 2015, Judge Brody gave final approval of the settlement, but then appeals from objectors halted compensation for the former players and their representatives. Now that the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case and effectively upheld the settlement, payment to the plaintiffs and their attorneys can begin.
The chronicle of the NFL concussion story was displayed by Hollywood in 2015. In the movie Concussion, Will Smith played Dr. Bennet Omalu, who founded and publicized what is now known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). That film illustrated the struggle Omalu had to endure while investigating the link between concussions and playing professional football. The issue of concussions has been long-standing in the NFL. Over the years reports from medical professionals about concussions in professional football increased coverage from the media on the issue, and the rash of suicides and violent incidents involving former players in the league increased the spotlight on the issue. Those factors and other variables played a part in the settlement reached by the NFL and its former players.
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