NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The NCAA announced a preliminary settlement yesterday in a class-action lawsuit over how it deals with head injuries.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

JOSEPH SIPRUT: Never before has there been a mandatory enforcement of return-to-play guidelines.

MONTAGNE: That's Joseph Siprut, the plaintiff's lead attorney speaking with the Associated Press.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

those return-to-play guidelines mean that a player with a concussion cannot go back on the field the same day. The NCAA will also give players baseline tests and set up a $70 million fund for medical monitoring.

SIPRUT: It changes college sports forever - nothing less, quite frankly.

WERTHEIMER: Critics of the settlement say it includes no payout for injured players.

MONTAGNE: Adrian Arrington is a lead plaintiff in the case. It's been four years since he played football at Eastern Illinois University. But he told the AP yesterday, he's still dealing with the effects of multiple seizures.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

ADRIAN ARRINGTON: In 2014, I've had 15 seizures. And I also had to have surgery due to tearing my rotator cuff from having so intense seizures. And also I haven't been able to have a job.

WERTHEIMER: The settlement allows players to retain their right to sue and Arrington says he will pursue his own suit against the NCAA. The settlement is subject to approval by a federal judge, a process which could take months.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.