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  • A decade ago, the future of the National Football League (NFL) was in doubt. A devastating brain disease, CTE, had been discovered in the brains of some of its players.

    But in 2013, bowing to public pressure, the NFL appeared to take responsibility. The league promised to provide money and care to retired NFL players living with CTE and other neurological diseases linked to the game.

    But has the NFL made good on this promise?

    Bloodsport investigates how the league was able to deny compensation to Black players through a controversial testing practice called “race-norming”. And a neuropsychologist and former NFL-paid doctor tells Fault Lines that the NFL put pressure on doctors to change their diagnoses of retired players hoping to qualify for an award from the NFL concussion settlement.

    Fault Lines tells the story of one former NFL player, Pittsburgh Steeler Carlton Haselrig, and his wife and their struggle to get compensation from the NFL.

    Producer: Isaac Solotaroff
    Senior Correspondent: Josh Rushing
    Director of Photography: Jeremy Raff
    Editor: Warwick Meade
    Executive Producer: Laila Al-Arian
    Fact-checking: Abdulai Bah

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    How the NFL failed its Black former players | Fault Lines

    A decade ago, the future of the National Football League (NFL) was in doubt. A devastating brain disease, CTE, had been discovered in the brains of some of its players.

    But in 2013, bowing to public pressure, the NFL appeared to take responsibility. The league promised to provide money and care to retired NFL players living with CTE and other neurological diseases linked to the game.

    But has the NFL made good on this promise?

    Bloodsport investigates how the league was able to deny compensation to Black players through a controversial testing practice called “race-norming”. And a neuropsychologist and former NFL-paid doctor tells Fault Lines that the NFL put pressure on doctors to change their diagnoses of retired players hoping to qualify for an award from the NFL concussion settlement.

    Fault Lines tells the story of one former NFL player, Pittsburgh Steeler Carlton Haselrig, and his wife and their struggle to get compensation from the NFL.

    Producer: Isaac Solotaroff
    Senior Correspondent: Josh Rushing
    Director of Photography: Jeremy Raff
    Editor: Warwick Meade
    Executive Producer: Laila Al-Arian
    Fact-checking: Abdulai Bah

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    Comments

    Petar Zugic says:

    Where can I buy 200ml of cyanide ? Asking for a friend…

    Jake Schmo says:

    Blame others as usual for your choices. Go figure, playing football can be unhealthy….

    Alexander Makanya says:

    choice of not knowing about CTE? foh idiot

    Brian Betts says:

    Injury from work is not playing the “victim” card. Take your jagoff comments elsewhere pal.

    Fiifi Dadzie says:

    Their health has always been my concern. It’s a dangerous sport and they need to check their health status constantly

    Mike Smith says:

    Ball game gone bad?

    jesus fernandez says:

    They made millions playing a game and still victims

    Ben Patrick says:

    Tell me your smart enough to look and see that every player does not make millions….and it doesn’t matter what a person made wrong is wrong…before you make false statements do some research

    Brian Betts says:

    One can always tell the petty lil fellas out there. Success evaded you your entire life. Go away lil fella.

    Lacey Leonard says:

    This Breaks my heart but I’m thankful you’re bringing awareness to what many former players are suffering with.

    Al Jazeera English says:

    Many thanks for your comment, dear Lacey. 🙌

    Herman Spaerman says:

    Please make a report of how Qatar failed their expats which built their shiny football stadiums and died by their thousands.

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    Domenic Spino says:

    I do not see this being really about football. A male minority with a physical gift from a depressed area gets focused to their physical ability without concern for their long-term benefit. The person gets used up, more than football, it is society, culture, psychology, economics even. There comes to be nothing left because the person was never helped compassionately. CH, and I was in wrestling circles, PITT Main, during the 80’s: CH was so absolutely unique, and he was still used up! Sure, the disease, the person in the story (after the disease sets in), and seeing some Johnstown struggles recently. CH did what he knew, and he came to know that less and less. Maybe once the disease set in there is little to do except try to survive. Even in the 80’s head hits were bad – just no one really stopped anyone or looked in it to it after ‘did you see ________that person is so messed up from…’ Or, after the bells stop… One thinks they have to get back in there! I’ve had many. I learned to handle it different, my own way. The dangers within the sport, or just going hard in everything! I knew that! So, CH wrestled with life, abandoned by many he built castles for. I stand with his wife’s efforts. Like many in SWPA, I met CH. The man deserves more than me only saying I stand with his wife! I am seeing what more I can do in ways that I can! Preventative measures seem the key – this disease needs to end! Just so curious: having to bang your head at work and developing a disease from it. Seems like if this was a different job, good ole gov’t would step in and ….(?). He was the wrestler who you always talked about, but he was a Human Being!

    LI YICHEN says:

    young players should be made aware of playing this dangerous game

    dwayne sinclair says:

    Every current nfl and ncaa football player should be forced to watch this.

    Domenic Spino says:

    I do not see this being really about football. A male minority with a physical gift from a depressed area gets focused to their physical ability without concern for their long-term benefit. The person gets used up, more than football, it is society, culture, psychology, economics even. There comes to be nothing left because the person was never helped compassionately. CH, and I was in wrestling circles, PITT Main, during the 80’s: CH was so absolutely unique, and he was still used up! Sure, the disease, the person in the story (after the disease sets in), and seeing some Johnstown struggles recently. CH did what he knew, and he came to know that less and less. Maybe once the disease set in there is little to do except try to survive. Even in the 80’s head hits were bad – just no one really stopped anyone or looked in it to it after ‘did you see ________that person is so messed up from…’ Or, after the bells stop… One thinks they have to get back in there! I’ve had many. I learned to handle it different, my own way. The dangers within the sport, or just going hard in everything! I knew that! So, CH wrestled with life, abandoned by many he built castles for. I stand with his wife’s efforts. Like many in SWPA, I met CH. The man deserves more than me only saying I stand with his wife! I am seeing what more I can do in ways that I can! Preventative measures seem the key – this disease needs to end! Just so curious: having to bang your head at work and developing a disease from it. Seems like if this was a different job, good ole gov’t would step in and ….(?). He was the wrestler who you always talked about, but he was a Human Being!

    Nigerian Prince says:

    What else is new.😢 One race hated so universally over skin color and stereotypes

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