Roger Goodell and the NFL have another concussion lawsuit to deal with. This time it comes courtesy of former Lions and Cal running back Jahvid Best.
Concussions forced the once-promising Best, a 2010 first-round pick by the Lions, to retire from the NFL last year, and on Tuesday he took legal action against the NFL, as well as helmet manufacturer Riddell, because of them. From the Detroit Free Press:
His lawsuit argues that the NFL knew about the risks of head injuries suffered by players but didn’t do enough to protect them. The lawsuit also names helmet manufacturer Riddell as a defendant and seeks unspecified “economic and noneconomic” damages.
Best also has a worker’s-compensation claim pending against the Lions, which is why they’re not included on the lawsuit, according to attorney Bret Schnitzer.
A Lions spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
According to the Free Press, the amount of damages Best is seeking is still uncertain at this point. Best’s lawyer said it’s “premature” to come up with an exact figure right now because the long-term effects of Best’s multiple concussions are still to be determined.
Best reportedly suffered five (FIVE!) total concussions during his pro and college career—three with the Lions and two while at Cal, including one from this terrifying fall that knocked him out cold in 2009:
Best reportedly will be part of Cal’s coaching staff this upcoming season.