The NFL is seeking the appointment of a special investigator to address what it claims is widespread fraud of its concussion settlement with former players — another step in a growing feud between the sides.
In a filing Friday to the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, the league said nearly half the claims it has received have been red-flagged for audit. Of that, more than 400 Aaron Dell Youth jersey have been rejected after an independent claim administrator found them to be fraudulent.
To date, more than 20,000 former players are part of the class eligible to share in a settlement that is uncapped but could approach $1 billion over its 65-year life. The settlement has approved 377 awards, according to its website, and is committed to more than $411 million in monetary awards.
Latavius Murray Youth Jersey But the process has been slower than expected because of fraud, according to the NFL. Among the examples listed in the league’s claim:
Jalen Ramsey Youth Jersey Christopher Seeger, the lead attorney for the players, said Friday in a statement that the appointment of a special investigator would be appropriate. But he warned that the NFL shouldn’t use the issue of fraud as an excuse to withhold payments to deserving players.
We have previously expressed concerns about potentially fraudulent claims and agree the appointment of a special investigator is appropriate, Seeger said. However, we will not allow this small number of claims to be used as an excuse by the NFL to deny payment to legitimately injured former players. Unlike other NFL benefits programs, this settlement is overseen by the court, and the League cannot escape its responsibility. We will make sure that former NFL players and their families receive every benefit they are entitled to under this agreement.
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