28 Oct

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Report: The University of Texas’ First Black Player Files $50 Million Lawsuit

(image via www.utexas.edu)

(image via www.utexas.edu)

Sources: 247Sports.com, Austin American Statesman, KEYE Sports

It is being reported that Julius Whittier, the first African-American football player in Texas Longhorns history, has filed a $50 million class-action lawsuit against the NCAA.

Whitter, who played on the 1969-72 Longhorns teams, claims repeated head injuries caused the health injuries he has today. Whittier was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012.

Brian Davis (American Statesman) provided further details and highlighted the following:

"The lawsuit claims the NCAA breached its duty to protect players from head injuries even though the NCAA Constitution outlines that each member must ‘protect the health of, and provide a safe environment for, each participating student-athletes.’

‘The NCAA has ignored this duty and profited immensely from its inaction and denial, all to the detriment of the players,’ the lawsuit states."

 

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