Health care inequity is destroying
lives. But it’s not just killing people. It’s creating needless suffering and
leaving a wake of disease and distrust in its lethal path.
Yes, this landmark settlement was progress, but it held a dirty secret. This practice of race norming, which was standard in NFL player health evaluations, put Black players at a disadvantage. The race-based benchmarks skewed test results, made it more difficult for Black retirees to show a deficit, and was used to deny them settlement money they could have used to get health care services for brain injuries.
As a result, former NFL players Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the league of "explicitly and deliberately" discriminating against Black players filing dementia-related claims. The suit asserts that, if white, Henry and Davenport would have received their share of the settlement, but they were denied on the basis of racist logic that, as Black people, their cognitive functioning was already impaired or lower than their teammates’ before they ever hit the field.
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