Two former professional wrestlers are suing the WWE, alleging it ignored or downplayed signs of brain damage and other injuries while it raked in millions.
Two former WWE wrestlers have filed a potential class action lawsuit in Philadelphia regarding concussions and neurological damage suffered by them as well as other wrestlers.
The lawsuit alleges, in part:
"For most of its history, WWE has engaged in a campaign of misinformation and deception to prevent its wrestlers from understanding the true nature and consequences of the injuries they have sustained."
"Under the guise of providing ‘entertainment,’ WWE has, for decades, subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known" caused many medical problems including brain damage;
WWE forces wrestlers to do stunts "in a matter that dramatically increases — often to a near-certainty — their chances of sustaining brain damage … When performed by, and on, hulking, poorly trained, steroid-using wrestlers with various levels of dexterousness, they are a recipe for disaster– and widespread, long term brain damage."
The wrestlers who filed suit are:
Vito LoGrasso, who wrestled under the names Big Vito and Skull Von Krush, from 1991 to 1998 and from 2005 to 2007.
Evan Singleton, under the name of Adam Mercer, from 2012 to 2013.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages as well as medical monitoring.
An attorney representing the WWE stated that the WWE had never concealed medical information from its wrestlers. In addition, he stated, "WWE was well ahead of sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged."
Article by: Ed Payne via CNN
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