There will be no discrimination based on skin color in the settlement of player claims in the NFL, the Major League Soccer in the United States. The NFL promised that after some black players sued about it.
Black players who had suffered brain damage from years of playing the sport had long been paid less than white players with the same complaints. The thinking behind this was that black players had “less cognitive function”.
This standard arose in the 1990s with the aim of providing appropriate treatment for dementia patients. In addition to gender, age, and education, a distinction was also made between ethnicity. But the NFL used the standard to determine the payments of former players who sued for brain damage. “Standards were developed to stop testing bias, not implementation,” the League now says.
The NFL’s obligation may also include compensation for black players who have been harmed in the past. But they don’t have much confidence in that.
“Words are cheap. Let’s see what they do first,” said former striker Ken Jenkins, who with his wife started a petition on behalf of NFL friends who have suffered brain damage. The petition against discrimination based on skin color has been signed 50,000 times.
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