An Illinois judge just tossed a class-action lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association that asserted its concussion policies were negligent and did not do enough to protect the state’s football players. His reasoning:
The judge, LeRoy K. Martin Jr., sided with the association, a nonprofit organization that oversees high school sports in Illinois, ruling that football players assume the risk of playing contact sports and that increased liability could harm high school football, potentially even causing it to be abandoned.
No worries, mon.
“It is clear to this court that I.H.S.A. has acted to protect student-athletes in this state,” Martin wrote.
That’s a relief. The plaintiff alleged that he sustained a concussion before his junior season in 2012 and was not removed from practice, later needing an airlift to a nearby hospital. One can only imagine how much worse things might be if the association hadn’t acted… uh…
Last week, Andre Smith, a football player at Bogan High School in Chicago, died from blows to the head he had sustained during a game. He was the seventh high school football player in the United States to die from injuries this season, the association said.
I don’t know about you, but I were the parent of a kid playing high school football in Illinois, I would have a hard time agreeing to let my kid’s career continue.