It was reported earlier today that free agent quarterback Pat White is expected to sign with the Washington Redskins.
According to the Washington Times, White was among the thousands of former players suing the NFL over concussions.
What’s really funny is that White has now dropped his lawsuit after deciding to try to make a comeback.
Until Tuesday, White was one of almost 4,200 former players involved in the litigation that’s been consolidated in federal court in Pennsylvania. But White voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit earlier in the day in a three-page filing in federal court reviewed by The Washington Times.
No reason was cited for the dismissal.
That ended a slew of specific claims in White’s original lawsuit, filed last November with 17 other players, that left his ability to play football in doubt.
A lengthy paragraph in the lawsuit alleged White suffered “repeated and chronic head impacts” in the NFL that put him at risk for “latent brain disease.” The lawsuit said White continues to suffer from “permanent injuries” including cognitive problems, “severe headaches, speech issues, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem.”
The concussion litigation accuses the NFL of concealing the long-term consequences of head injuries, a charge the NFL strenuously denies.
When a player sues the NFL over concussions, then tries to come back, it makes the entire concussion litigation look weak.