Meet Dr. Elliot Pellman: Advisor to Commissioners
Dr. Elliot Pellman is back in all of his glory. As immortalized in legal complaint after legal complaint in the 200 plus lawsuits against the NFL, the physician that most plaintiffs point to as the single largest source of bad info regarding the science of brain injuries is back. In fact, according to a story in SportsonEarth.com by journalist Patrick Hruby, he never left. In 2013, Pellman continues to be a top advisor to the NFL on the subject of brain injuries.
Cowboy Great Bob Lilly is a Plaintiff (AP)
Bob Lilly is suing the NFL and Jerry Jones hasn’t mentioned it? And nobody’s even asked? For the April 9th courtroom showdown in Philly between the NFL and over 4,000 former players who are suing the league, the media spotlight was able to easily find lawyers, plaintiffs and families of plaintiffs. But in over a year of intense media coverage including TV pieces on CBS, HBO, ESPN, magazine articles in Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Atlantic and a number of major market newspaper articles, the voice of the real defendant, the 32 NFL team owners, has been mysteriously absent.
Jerry Richardson appears at Public City Council Meeting © Julie Rose
Perhaps someday they’ll even get to sit in a luxury box, but for now Charlotte City Council members are getting some heat for conducting behind closed doors negotiations with Carolina Panthers officials. In order to help the city council determine how much of the city’s budget to earmark for the team’s stadium renovation, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson showed up to the private meetings. Although it’s unusual to have one of the parties with a vested interest at one of these city meetings, several council members were grateful for his presence:
“I don’t know if it was appropriate or not, but it was important to him,” says Councilman Andy Dulin. “It must have been of importance because he did show up – you know that put an exclamation point on the seriousness of the negotiations that some might not have done. I appreciated him being there.”
University Research on Leather Helmets
“One’s skull would be significantly better protected when running headfirst into a brick wall while wearing a modern American football helmet versus a vintage leather helmet.” Seriously, that’s in an editorial just published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Apparently, as part of the never-ending NFL funded university research on impact and football helmets scientists discovered that upon impact a 1940′s leather helmet provides less protection against concussions than today’s modern helmets. Now, nobody ever suggested they would, but it still might be worth a $100k to some researchers for a paper. The team of researchers also recommended that due to differences in methodologies and conclusions with other impact tests, “we must continue examining experimental protocols to achieve better quantification of helmet performance . . .”
Retired All-Pro Kyle Turley, Now Country Rocker (www.gridironrecords.com)
Kyle Turley had a colorful NFL career as both an outspoken All-Pro player and a moonlighting rock musician, and now he’s even lighting it up more in retirement. In an interview with Michael Gehlken of the U-T Sandiego, Turley revealed that he is on the anti-seizure drug Depakote and that he has used the NFL Crisis Hotline.
Concussion Research Papers & Marketing Headlines
There seems to be an awful lot of money available for concussion research lately. Actually for at least the last 10 years, NFL MTBI committee members and now, current NFL Concussion Committee members and their associated universities and institutions jostle for their piece of a lucrative research pie. Over $100 million has been pledged by the NFL and the NFLPA alone. Almost as much money as the Packers have pledged to QB Aaron Rodgers! But unfortunately, some of the paid research seems to just end up supporting a business position or enhancing the marketing of a particular product.
Seau Family (family photo)
How did the Seau family choose the NFL supported NIH as the destination for Junior Seau’s brain research? Apparently, behind the scenes there was a “surreal” battle going on. According to yesterday’s ESPN Outside the Lines piece, Dr. Bennet Omalu, the father of C.T.E. in football players aggressively sought to get custody of Seau’s brain to pursue research. And at least 5 other research teams contacted the Seau family to win the battle for Seau’s brain.