On Wednesday, the National Football League pledged to discontinue the use of “race-norming” — which assumes Black players began with reduced cognitive functioning — in a $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims and any Also review previous scores for potential racial bias.
ESPN reports that “race-standards” made it difficult for black players to show deficits and qualify for prizes. Critics mishandled the standards designed in medicine during the 1990s to offer more appropriate treatments for dementia patients. He claims he was abused to assess legal damages in the NFL case.
Wednesday’s settlement announcement comes after a pair of black players filed a civil rights lawsuit over the practice, medical experts raised concerns and a group of NFL families last month provided 50,000 petitions to Federal Court in Philadelphia, where the lawsuit was filed. Was thrown by a judge is looking after it.
Subsequently, Senior US District Judge Anita B Brody Took the unusual step of seeking a report on the issue.
“Words are cheap. Let’s see what they do,” ex-Washington exclaims Ken Jenkins, ESPN. His wife, Amy Lewis, led the petition on behalf of NFL friends struggling with cognitive problems.
The NFL says a panel of neuropsychologists recently formed in court to propose a new testing regime includes two women and three black doctors.
“The replacement criteria will apply prospectively and retrospectively to players who would otherwise be eligible for an award, but for the application of race-based criteria,” the NFL said Wednesday through a spokesperson. Brian McCarthy.
The NFL noted that the criteria in medicine were “developed to prevent bias in testing, not to perpetuate it.” Both the major players’ lawyers and the league said the practice was never mandatory, but was left to the discretion of doctors. settlement program.
Binary race criteria in the trial assume that black patients begin with worse cognitive function than whites and other non-blacks. It is said that it becomes difficult for them to show deficit and qualify for the award.