Posted September 06, 2013

Report: NFL concussion case critic Deion Sanders filed head trauma workers’ comp claim

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Deion Sanders filed a head trauma worker's compensation case in 2010. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Deion Sanders reportedly filed a workers’ compensation claim for head trauma in 2010. (Elsa/Getty Images)

As part of his role as NFL Network analyst, Deion Sanders questioned the motives of some of the ex-NFL players filing concussion lawsuits against the league. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times, having analyzed state workers’ compensation data, reported that Sanders had filed a workers’ compensation claim in California alleging head trauma and injuries incurred while playing for the Cowboys.

The Times cited Sanders’ statement on the NFL Network’s Super Bowl pregame broadcast in February:

“The game is a safe game,” the television analyst and Hall of Fame cornerback said. “I don’t buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I’m not buying all that. Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal.”

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According to the Times, Sanders’ workers’ compensation case is pending. Part of the Hall of Fame member’s case includes an evaluation from the Division of Workers’ Compensation in November 2010 that Sanders was 86% disabled.

From the Times:

Four doctors who examined the former star diagnosed more than a dozen medical conditions, including cognitive impairment and behavioral/emotional disorder. The review also said Sanders suffered from arthritis and “arousal disorder,” a sleep impairment.

The Times reports Sanders is one of a number of current NFL employees, including at least six other NFL Network analysts and dozens of assistant coaches and team personnel, who have made such workers’ compensation claims.


17 comments
JasonMcRobie
JasonMcRobie

Didn't realize that cocaine related issues were a part of the settlement.

Steelers7160
Steelers7160

I wonder if he is just trying to prove a point? Or he is just trying to get some easy money. Who knows. In my opinion he is one of the better ex nfl broadcasters.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

how the hell can this candyass make a Workman's Comp claim when he never his a sole his whole career???  Where did he get hurt???  Show me ONE tape of him hitting ANYONE!

Thomas9
Thomas9

That explains a lot.

pboykin88
pboykin88

The guy who wouldn't tackle is mentally impaired? 

geoAZ
geoAZ

Deion, one of the inconveniences of history, it gets recorded !!

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

If Deion is really 86% disabled and mentally impaired I would think a job as a greeter at a Las Vegas casino would suit him better.  

Karen Parker
Karen Parker

Well it would explain why Deion is a head case... and not a very good analyst.

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randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Hahaha   There are lots of ex players, why does the NFL Network employ the dumbest?  It is intolerable to listen to Sanders, Irvin and Sapp.  

WilliamTomPenrose
WilliamTomPenrose

you phonydeion, I dont know how you got in the hall of fame....you played a soft game....ronnie lott could of taught you a few things

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

suppose you need to nickel and dime everything to death to pay for lawyers, alimony, etc., right deion?

i'm sure there was never a "behavioral disorder" with him during college or early in his younger years...  86% disabled?  oh nooooooo.... arthritis?  what a piece of crap.

PWINGS
PWINGS

“The game is a safe game,” the television analyst and Hall of Fame cornerback said. “I don’t buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal.”

Yes, Deion, the way YOU played the game, it WAS safe because you avoided contact at all costs! You epitomized the term "candyass". I think if any former player's claims can be dismissed as "trying to make money off the deal", it was yours. As far as you're being "diagnosed with more than a dozen medical conditions, including cognitive impairment and behavioral / emotional disorder", you have an iron clad case there as anyone who ever watched you play or watched you as an analyst can attest. There are several colloquial / non-medical terms that describe this and you've been called ALL of them. Primetime is the most gentle.

In your defense, Deion, your job description as an analyst on the NFL Network must certainly have a clause to the effect that: "Thou shalt NOT bite the hand that throws you crumbs from the table! All NFL employees must ALWAYS take the side of ownership / management in ANY / ALL disagreements between ownership and labor (i.e. players). There will be NO exceptions to this rule." This rule explains the media's pro-ownership treatment of the recent NFL Lockout, all prior strikes, the owners' collusion case in the '80's and now the retired players' concussion lawsuit. Anyone who thinks the media's coverage is objective and unbiased doesn't understand the nature of their relationship to the NFL.

eddie767
eddie767

@pboykin88 I was thinking same thing. Also,if impaired how is he working so many stressfull hours a week? He's making it hard for those who actually hit someone,to get their claim approved.

David5
David5

@randomdeletion There are no smart ones. If they were intelligent they would not play football, a game in which the sole purpose of players on every play is to receive, or dish out, pain.