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NFL Accused of Racially Discriminating Against Ex-Players in Brain Damage Settlement Payouts

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The National Football League is either the latest publicized culprit of racism, or the victim of racist accusations. The Hill reports, “the NFL is coming under growing pressure from critics who say its landmark concussion settlement treats ex-players differently based on race, making it more difficult for Black retirees to get payouts.”

The critics say the settlement is inherently a form of systemic racism because it “uses race-based criteria for neuropsychologists to assess whether Black and white former players have valid dementia-related claims stemming from their football careers.”

The criteria in question is “the concept of using different statistical curves based on race, known as ‘race-norming” reports The Hill, which says is “inherently controversial.” “Race-norming” and the Attorney who negotiated the settlement for the roughly 20,000 ex-players in the class-action lawsuit, Christopher Seeger, is also facing criticism for how the payouts are being distributed.

Over 50,000 people signed an online petition to have U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who presided over the settlement, select a new attorney to represent the players, of which about 70 percent are Black.

The estimated $1 billion 2015 court-approved settlement has “paid around $800 million in claims so far” and the payments range from “around $27,000 up to $5.3 million, depending on a retiree’s age and degree of impairment” according to The Hill.

Seeger told The Hill earlier this week that race-norming has been used for decades. However, he added that he is continuing to investigate whether former players have “been disadvantaged in any way by the application of race norms.”

“Moving forward, we are focused on eliminating the use of demographic norms that adjust for race, and putting into place purely race-neutral demographic norms” added Seeger. The NFL has declared there is “no merit” to charges of racial discrimination in the payouts.

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  1. Ginger

    May 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    It just never ends. Players willingly go into a career that they KNOW is INHERENTLY dangerous and could leave them with either career ending injuries and/or subject to medical conditions post career. They are paid 100s of millions of dollars and live lives of luxury all while knowing that the onset of certain afflictions is a possibility and they can get paid for it. 70 PERCENT of players are black yet they are being discriminated against? Give me a break, I’m sick of it.

  2. WILLIAM FLYNN

    May 16, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Looks like the “lawyer” is more of an ambulance chaser than anything else. Bigger payouts………More money in his pocket. Race has NOTHING to do with it ! Payouts are based on the degree of damage suffered.

  3. Charles C Baldwin

    May 16, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    “Race norming” is based on blacks having lower IQs and poorer neuropsychiatric function than whites and others. This difference is probably even greater among NFL football players. If the NFL buckles on this it is just another example of their anti-white, pro black racism.

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Shaq Denounces ‘Celebrity-Ness’ Says They are ‘Out of Their Freaking Mind’

Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal had some harsh words for celebrities and declared he is not one

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In an interview with the New York Post, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal had some harsh words for celebrities and declared he is not one. “I denounce my celebrity-ness today. I’m done with it” O’Neal told the Post while discussing his new Kellogg’s deal.

“Celebrities are crazy. I don’t want to be in that category. They are. They’re going freaking insane. Don’t call me that anymore” said O’Neal. “These people are out of their freaking mind with how they treat people, what they do, what they say. That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that.”

O’Neal’s Kellogg’s deal consists of his own new Frosted Flakes cereal, Crispy Cinnamon Basketballs, and partnership with Mission Tiger, which will help over 60,000 middle-schoolers.

“The Mission Tiger program pledged to purchase new sports equipment, including uniforms, for students across the U.S. The Schools involved in the mission will take place in the six cities where O’Neal played over 19 seasons – Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Phoenix” reports The Post.

O’Neal wants to be remembered for his kindness, says the 49-year-old who grew up poor in New Jersey and says he tries to do random acts of kindness at least twice per week.

Everyone gets stereotyped but celebrities get stereotyped because most of them are “our of their damn mind.” He said. “I’m a regular person that listened, that followed their dreams, made it. But just because I made it don’t mean I’m bigger than you. Just because I made it don’t mean I’m smarter than you. Just cause I have more money than you don’t mean that I’m better than you.”

 I’ve never been that way and I never will be that way. So I don’t want to be in that category of people. When they talk about Shaq, what do you say? ‘He’s a nice guy.’ Because what else can you be? You’re either nice or you’re the A-word, and I definitely won’t be looked at as the A-word,” he said.

“I want people to say, ‘Bro, he’s nice. He didn’t have an entourage. His people didn’t take my phone because I took a picture and threw it.’”

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Employees Completely Helpless as Shoplifters Walk Out With Thousands Worth of Goods at Oregon Lowes

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Social media Twitter account @libsoftiktok which states in the bio it posts “all things insane & hypocritical” posted a one-minute video showing “2 people walk out of an Oregon Lowe’s with carts of stolen merchandise. Employees look on and are unable to do anything.”

As the video plays, words highlighted red appear that read, “INCREDIBLE STATE OF OREGON, USA” and “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.” The video takes place at a Lowes store and epitomizes the sad times we are in.

Within the first eight seconds of the video, the two robbers, with filled carts, simply stroll out of the store as if they were paying customers. The Lowes employee asks the men “can you show me the receipts?” The young man appears to flash something while saying “right here.”

The female employee then says “no, I don’t think so” knowing the men did not pay for the items. The two thieves continue to walk the carts out of the store and a second, elderly Lowes employee attempts to stop the men, shouting “hey” as he follows them.

The female employee stops the elderly male employee from pursuing the robbers saying, “it’s not worth it.” As the robbers have successfully exited the store, into the parking lot, the male recording the video then asks the employees, “doesn’t it suck you guys can’t do anything? I mean I think it’s just amazing.”

The video then shows the men in the parking lot throwing the stolen items into a red Subaru where it appears others were waiting to help. A voice can be heard explaining that the guys are packing the car with stolen goods, and another man explains it happens “every day.”

“Dude that’s thousands of dollars – I’m an electrician, bro” the videographer explains of the sheer amount of goods being stolen. The thieves close the back door and the videographer zooms in to the back of the car to show the “license tag” before the car speeds away. The red highlighted words “IF YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE, PLEASE ALERT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY” remained on the video the whole time.

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