The National Football League’s Players Association (NFA) is suing the N.B.A. and its league officials for allegedly fostering the mental health problems of some of its players.NFA executive director John DeCamp and former NFL players Steve Smith and Tim Couch were among the plaintiffs in the suit filed Monday in federal court in New Orleans.
The lawsuit alleges that players who have been diagnosed with mental health issues or other issues have been sent home or have been forced to drop out of games.
F, in a statement, says it has not been able to reach DeCamp or Couch, but that it is looking into the lawsuit.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York by the NFA and the National Football Players Association, claims that players were “placed in foster homes where they were subjected to severe emotional, physical, and psychological abuse, neglect, and neglect of their physical and mental health and well-being.”
“We’re looking into what happened to the players,” DeCamp told reporters in an interview with ESPN.
“We want to make sure we’re getting the full facts.
I don’t know what their motives are, but we are trying to make it as clear as we can as to what was going on.”
The suit alleges that the NFFA, which has about 1.6 million members in the U.K., France, Canada, Australia and the U, “continues to deny the existence of the NFOA’s lawsuit.”NFA president and CEO Bob Mehrabian has said the NFIA “has not been involved in any way in the formation or implementation of a program to treat players with mental illness.”
He said the league “stands ready to defend itself against the NFB’s lawsuit and any allegation of wrongful conduct or wrongdoing.”
“The NFA has never knowingly fostered a disease or mental illness,” Mehrbian said in a May 20 press conference.
“The NFFAA is not in any capacity involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or referral of players with a mental illness or other health condition.”
The NFB has been at the center of an intense national debate about mental health in the NFL.
A number of former players have spoken out about how they have suffered from mental health conditions, and the league has been accused of neglecting players with serious mental health illnesses.
The league has not responded to a request for comment.
DeCamp, a former player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was one of the first to voice concerns about mental illness in the NFL.
“I had no idea, never felt that I was one, no, never thought I was on the same level as the guys who were running around like mad,” DeCamps first letter of complaint states.
“I was one in the locker room, in the office, on the field, at home.
And I was never a part of any of that.”
DeCamp has been one of several former players to speak out about the mental illness crisis in the league.
The former linebacker and running back, who was once diagnosed with PTSD and has been treated for the disorder, told the NFSU’s “Dirt” podcast in October that he had been diagnosed three times since 2011.
“We are not talking about mental illnesses, we are talking about a lack of care, we’re talking about an attitude that if you don’t care, you can’t play, we’ve been here, and now we’re being sent home,” DeConcini said.
“And that mentality, that attitude, is destroying the culture.
And that mentality is killing the NFL.”
The league says it is working to address the issue.
The NFSB’s executive director, Kevin Gilbride, said in an email to ESPN that the league is taking steps to address concerns and has a “wide-ranging” response to the mental and physical health needs of its members.
“The NFL is working collaboratively with our members and stakeholders to ensure the NFMAA is in the best position to respond to this crisis and will have the resources necessary to do so,” Gilbrides said.
“This is an incredibly challenging time for our players, for our organization and for the country, and we are working diligently to address all of the issues raised by our players.”
The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of New York.