UPDATE 1-Two ex-WWE wrestlers file lawsuit over concussions

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ex-pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions that caused injury.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of “selling violence” while ignoring concussions that they say left them with serious brain injuries. FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2010, file photo, World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon raises his arm in the air to the audience during a fan appreciation event in Hartford, Conn. The men, including one who performed under the name Skull Von Krush, have filed a potential class-action lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia that echoes thousands of suits pending against the NFL. The NFL litigation, pending in the same courthouse, could yield a $1 billion settlement if a judge approves the proposed deal. “Under the guise of providing entertainment, the WWE has, for decades, subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known, caused created latent conditions and long-term irreversible bodily damage, including brain damage,” the lawsuit said. A lawyer for the Stamford, Connecticut-based company, led by Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, said the lawsuit and a similar one filed in Oregon have no merit. “WWE has never concealed any medical information related to concussions, or otherwise, from our (performers).

WWE was well ahead of sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged,” lawyer Jerry McDevitt said. The plaintiffs also allege that two WWE performers were found after their deaths to have the brain decay known as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and that 13 current or former performers committed suicide over 10 years.

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