Athlete asks judge to reject NCAA head-injury deal
CHICAGO (AP) — A former San Diego State football player wants a judge to reject the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA, saying it’ll deny billions in damages to athletes who suffered head injuries.
The request came in a federal court filing in Chicago on behalf of Anthony Nichols. The former offensive lineman is one of thousands of athletes who would be affected by the deal.
Under the settlement proposed in July, the NCAA would set aside $70 million to diagnose current and former athletes for brain trauma.
Friday’s filing criticizes provisions barring the class as a whole from seeking a single sum in damages.
It says most individuals couldn’t afford to sue the NCAA and that athletes “get nothing but are forced to give up everything” in the settlement.