BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) A settlement in a long-running concussion lawsuit against the NFL is one step closer to being finalized, but not everyone’s happy.
Former Bill Joe “Joe D” DeLamielleure says in the preliminary settlement, the lawyers win and former players still lose. Still, it’s being called a landmark deal.
A federal judge gave preliminary approval to a deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players who sued the NFL for concussion-related claims. There is no cap on the amount of funds available to pay these monetary awards.
Reports out Tuesday morning say retired players could get between $1.5- and $5-million, depending on their age and severity of their cognitive impairment. Lawyers could get up to $112 million in legal fees from the league. DeLamielleure says when he sees the money in his pocket, he’ll believe it.
“Unless Roger Goodell can call people up and explain what we are getting, I don’t believe anybody. The attorneys are going to get paid,” DeLamielleure said.
“You’re going to have to jump through every hoop in the world to get any sort of relief. We’ve got a saying: ‘Delay, deny and hope they die.’ That’s what they do to us, they’re going to delay us, deny us and hope we die.”
A fairness hearing is scheduled for November 19. A judge will issue her final hearing after that and players can then begin to register for benefits. They will have two years to do so.