The NFL concussion lawsuits are back in the news. Another tragic suicide has occurred, this one by ex-player Ray Easterling who died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Suffering from long term brain injuries, Easterling is best known as a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons in the 1970s.
Easterling’s attorney Larry Coben says that for “the last six months I could tell he was not on his game. He kept repeating himself and getting confused.” His wife says Ray “felt like his brain was falling off. He was losing control. He couldn’t remember things from five minutes ago.” Easterling was 62 years old.
The NFL concussion litigation site reports that Easterling was the lead plaintiff in 66 concussion related lawsuits involving 1600 players. The lawsuits are asking the NFL to pay for and physically examine all retired players. While too late to help Ray Easterling, these examinations may prevent further suicides. Coben will change Ray’s case from personal injury to wrongful death.
For More Information:
- Easterling’s death will impact concussion lawsuit, USA Today
- NFL Concussion Litigation
- Hearing signals start of fight between players, NFL, USA Today
- Ray Easterling, lead plaintiff in NFL concussion lawsuit, commits suicide, Yahoo Sports