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President of New York State Brain Injury Association Calls upon NFL Commissioner to Stop the Carnage

New York, New York, November 4, 2006

MICHAEL V. KAPLEN, ESQ., the president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, today called upon national football league commissioner, Roger Goodell to stop the carnage of permanent brain damage caused by misguided team return to play policies.

For the past week, Kaplen, a New York attorney who focuses his practice on representing victims of brain injury, and the president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, has been calling upon the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force to conduct hearings regarding reports of fraudulent medical research sponsored by the NFL.  According to Kaplen, the misguided NFL return to play policies, supported by questionable medical research and poor judgment by team coaches exposes professional players to the consequences of lifelong brain damage.  It also has the more far-reaching effect of sending a dangerous and inaccurate message to high school and collegiate players about the serious and permanent health risks following a concussion.

Since issuing this call for Congressional action, Kaplen has been shocked by the league’s silence and indifference to this crisis. Ignoring a serious and detrimental issue will not make it disappear.   Kaplen is dismayed that the league continues its misguided policies by allowing Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to return to play again this Sunday despite the fact that he was obviously suffering from the aftereffects of numerous concussions and brain injury when he played last weekend against the Raiders.

“The Steelers exercised poor judgment last weekend in allowing their injured quarterback to return to play,” said Kaplen. “I can’t believe that they really think he threw four interceptions because he was having an off day.  It’s patently obvious to me that his poor performance was directly related to the lingering effects of a concussion”, Kaplen continued.   “To allow him to play again is outrageous” according to Kaplen.

“When a team can’t protect the health and safety of it’s players, the NFL commissioner must step in and make the call” said Kaplen.  “What are we teaching our high school and college players about the lifelong health risks of concussions when they continue to watch the misguided policies of the NFL” Kaplen questions.  “This will continue to affect their lives long after their sports careers are over”, he says. 

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