When you have more than 4,500 people involved in anything as complicated as a lawsuit against a former employer, there won't be a consensus when a settlement is reached.
And, when you figure that the NFL made all of its approximately 18,000 former players eligible for compensation from concussion issues as part of Thursday's $765 million settlement, there will be a lot of opinions.
That's how you end up with one notable former player saying it's a "BS deal" and a "scam," while another says it's a "great day."
Washington quarterback Mark Rypien was overjoyed. He dealt with concussion issues from his football career, but told USA Today he couldn't afford the care he needed. The settlement will give money for neurological care.
"It's a great day,'' Rypien told USA Today. "My preference was when players were done playing, we'd have some kind of aftercare. It's a great thing for both sides of football that guys can get aftercare now. That's the most important thing.
"Am I suffering? I suffer every day from different aspects of the game, physically and mentally.''
There is another opinion that the players gave in too soon and easily on an issue the NFL has to be overjoyed to be done with. The NFL admitted no liability and doesn't admit that football caused the concussions. The league won't have to go to trial and have a major PR hit from having to discuss its history with concussions in court. For less than $24 million per owner, to be paid over 20 years, that's a great deal for the league.
That's why some players might not be thrilled with the settlement. Former Minnesota running back Chuck Foreman surely wasn't, in some comments to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"I think it's a BS deal, and the only people winning in this whole thing are the attorneys," Foreman, who was one of the players involved in the lawsuit, told the Pioneer Press. "If you're going to give me anything – if you want to do me right – give me full life insurance coverage. Period. Don't give me crappy benefits that most of the guys won't even be able to collect.
"They're not doing crap for me."
"The attorneys go with the money, and the players go with hope. It's all a scam, man," Foreman said. "I don't know all the details. But I know there's no money coming directly into my pocket."
There will be many, many players weighing in on the decision publicly. While this was a settlement agreed upon by representatives of both sides, don't expect it to be universally accepted by all of the players involved.
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