Proposal to end ‘race norming’ in NFL concussion settlements

The NFL reached a deal to eliminate the use of the controversial practice that critics say disadvantaged Black former players.
3:28 | 10/21/21

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Transcript for Proposal to end ‘race norming’ in NFL concussion settlements
Now to the deal to end the use of race norming in NFL's concussion settlement package. Janai Norman joins us now with more. Reporter: Good morning. There could be millions more in additional payments. The lawyer representing all former players in the settlement saying the agreement will ensure that the NFL concussion settlement works fairly and equitably. This morning the NFL reaching a deal with its former players eliminating the use of the controversial practice of race norming. A tool used to evaluate cognitive damage that critics say disadvantaged black former players seeking compensation for head injuries suffered on the field. This battle for us is very personal, because this is our -- this is our family, you know, these are our families on the these are our husbands. Reporter: The original settlement program's recommended formula assumed black players began their careers at a lower cognitive level than white players, they had to prove more a significant cognitive decline than white players in order to receive a payout. New terms were filed to the court under seal on Wednesday, ABC news obtained the 46-page document and learned that the NFL and other parties agree that no race norms or race demographic estimates whether black or white shall be used in the settlement program going forward. Sources familiar with the agreement telling ABC news that the new deal could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional compensation for former players and their families, one of those players is Kevan Henry. Football doesn't give you an expiration date. You just expire. I have had 10 concussions, at least 17 surgeries. I'm still getting there. Reporter: The former Pittsburgh steeler defensive lineman, was diagnosed with mild dementia. He was denied his claim. I just want to be looked at the same way as a white guy. Reporter: The NFL initially defended the program, but earlier this year the league changed course after an investigation uncovered e-mails

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