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NFL agrees to drop race bias in concussion claims

NFL agrees to drop race bias in concussion claims




The NFL has xoslot said it will stop settling concussion lawsuits using a race-based formula that assumes black players
have a lower level of cognitive function.


America's top-flight football league also pledged to review previous brain injury claims that have been settled via
the practice known as race-norming.


Two black players filed a civil rights lawsuit over the practice.


More than 2,000 former NFL players have lodged dementia claims, but fewer than 600 have received compensation.


Lawyers say more than half of NFL retirees are black.


Attorneys have requested details on how NFL brain injury payouts have been apportioned along racial lines, but are yet
to receive any details.


The judge overseeing the sprawling settlement deal has tossed out the civil lawsuit, but took the unusual step of calling
for a full report on the racial bias allegations.


In its use of race-norming, the league compares a given player's cognitive test scores with the supposed norm for
his demographic group. Under the methodology, black players are assumed to possess a lower level of cognitive
function than the average white player.


But attorneys say the standard means that in order to qualify for compensation the average black player must
demonstrate a greater level of cognitive decline than a white counterpart.

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