Nfl Legend Gale Sayers Drops Concussion Lawsuit Against League

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Winters had called them to say the matter was “a big misunderstanding” and that the suit would be dropped. Winters responded by telling the paper that Sayers had decided Saturday to withdraw the suit after requesting it be filed Tuesday. Sayers said that he spoke to Winters this week at the request of former Bears safety Shaun Gayle, but did not agree to sue the league. Winters responded that Gayle had nothing to do with the alleged original decision to sue the league. “I didn’t sign anything. I talked to the attorney, but there wasn’t nothing to it,” Sayers told the Tribune.

Gale Sayers NFL Lawsuit To Be Withdrawn, Bears Legend Won’t Pursue Concussion Claim

Mike Ditka is at left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) By Brendan O’Brien Sept 21 (Reuters) – A lawyer for pro football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers said on Saturday he would drop a federal lawsuit filed on the former player’s behalf that accuses the National Football League of failing to warn him about and protect him against head injuries. Attorney John Winters told Reuters he would voluntarily withdraw the lawsuit, filed on Friday in United States District Court in Chicago, after hearing from the Sayers’ family that the Chicago Bears great no longer wanted to pursue the matter. Attempts by Reuters to get comment from Sayers were unsuccessful. The lawsuit came three weeks after the league agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former players, many suffering from dementia and health problems, who accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injuries. Winters said Sayers, 70, contacted him earlier in the week, wanting to know about the concussion lawsuit against the NFL. “After that conversation, he instructed me to file a lawsuit and then today I found out through family members he no longer wants to pursue it,” Winters told Reuters on Saturday.

NFL great Gale Sayers denies he has sued NFL over concussions

Winters called them to say the suit will be dropped and that the situation was “a big misunderstanding.” Winters responded Saturday night by telling the Tribune that Sayers contacted him Tuesday to request the lawsuit filing, then decided Saturday to have it voluntarily withdrawn. Sayers, the Hall of Fame Bears running back, said he spoke with the attorney this past week at the behest of former Bears safety Shaun Gayle, but he did not agree to sue the NFL. Winters, who cited client-attorney privilege to withhold certain information, did say Saturday night: “Shaun Gayle had nothing to do with this (alleged original decision by Sayers to file a suit). “I had about one half of a concussion in all of the years that I played,” said Sayers, whose seven-year career ended prematurely in 1971 because of severe knee injuries. “I didn’t say any of the things he said in the paper.” Ardie Sayers said Winters, of the firm Winters, Salzetta & O’Brien, LLC in Chicago, had mailed paper work to their residence that they saw on Friday, but Gale Sayers did not sign any of the papers.

Gale Sayers withdraws concussion lawsuit he says he didn’t authorize

Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has withdraw a concussion lawsuit against the NFL. Per Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, Sayers contends it was filed without his authorization . I had about one half of a concussion in all of the years that I played, Sayed told the Tribune. I didnt say any of the things [lawyer John F. Winters] said in the paper. Winters claims Sayers authorized the filing of the lawsuit on Tuesday before changing his mind on Saturday. I didnt sign anything, Sayers said. I talked to the attorney, but there wasnt nothing to it. Sayers doesnt need to file suit to be included in the $765 million settlement; it covers all retired players. However, Sayers needs to have severe cognitive impairment in order to obtain compensation. Some players without severe cognitive impairment may choose to continue to pursue litigation. Other players without severe cognitive impairment who havent sued may still try to do so. Sayers isnt one of them.

Sayers concussion suit against NFL to be dropped

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The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, quotes Sayers as claiming he has had headaches and short-term memory loss since his retirement in 1971. But Sayers told the Tribune Saturday the suit was filed by Chicago attorney John Winters without his authorization after he had only discussed the possibility with Winters and fellow former Bear Shaun Gayle. “I didn’t sign anything. … I talked to the attorney, but there wasn’t nothing to it,” Sayers said.

Gale Sayers’ lawyers to drop concussion suit against NFL

Attempts by Reuters to get comment from Sayers were unsuccessful. The lawsuit came three weeks after the league agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by thousands of former players, many suffering from dementia and health problems, who accused the league of hiding the dangers of brain injuries. Winters said Sayers, 70, contacted him earlier in the week, wanting to know about the concussion lawsuit against the NFL. “After that conversation, he instructed me to file a lawsuit and then today I found out through family members he no longer wants to pursue it,” Winters told Reuters on Saturday. The lawsuit also accused helmet maker Riddell of failing to warn him of the risks of concussions, and of not disclosing that the helmets would not prevent concussions. Sayers, known as the Kansas Comet, played running back for Chicago from 1965 to 1972, when he retired in the preseason. Sayers led the league twice in rushing and was a four-time Pro Bowler during his career that was cut short by knee injuries.

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