Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best filed a lawsuit Tuesday (Jan. 28) against the the NFL, helmet maker Riddell and Easton-Bell Sports over concussions, reports ESPN.com.
The 24-year-old, who was a first-round draft pick for Detroit in 2010, is now out of the league after suffering multiple concussions before finally being released in July 2013.
“The purpose behind the lawsuit, there’s a number of requests of release in the lawsuit,” Best’s attorney, Bret Schnitzer, told ESPN. “One of them is to set up a medical fund for Mr. Best in order to deal with future medical conditions out of this concussion syndrome.
“As I am sure you are probably aware through various media and the ‘Frontline’ program and so on, the brain injuries with concussion syndrome does not necessarily manifest itself completely immediately, as you can see from the other cases. Sometimes it is 10, 20 years where the brain injury process takes to develop and it’s not necessarily going to show itself in a 24-, 25-year-old football player to the extent that it might 10, 15, 20 years down the road.
“So one of the goals of the litigation is to protect Mr. Best down the road in terms of his medical condition and problems that he may have in the future.”
Schnitzer also said he did not have a specific monetary damage being sought.