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Former UCLA football captain sues NCAA and Pac-12 over concussions

Former UCLA football captain sues NCAA and Pac-12 over concussions
Published On: Tue, Oct 04
Oct 11, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; DUPLICATE***UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins (24) is smothered by Oregon Ducks linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) and linebacker Tony Washington (91) during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Oregon went on to a 42-30 win. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former UCLA football captain sued the NCAA and Pac-12 over concussions on Tuesday in a case that seeks to include every Bruins football player from 1959 to 2010.

Tom Sullivan, who played 35 games as a defensive back from 1979 to 1982, alleged in the class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Indiana that he sustained more than 20 concussions during his college career.

As a result of these injuries, Sullivan now suffers from memory loss, a decline in cognitive functioning, light sensitivity, anxiety, headaches and other debilitating issues, the complaint said.

The NCAA, Pac-12 and UCLA didnt immediately respond to requests for comment.

At least 17 other concussion lawsuits were filed in federal court against the NCAA on Monday and Tuesday. Many of the them used language thats virtually identical to Sullivans case.

The lawsuit said the NCAA and Pac-12 actively concealed the long-term consequences of traumatic brain injuries to protect the very profitable business of amateur college football.

While UCLA isnt a defendant in the case, the lawsuit alleged the school didnt provide appropriate medical treatment for Sullivans concussions and had no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place through at least 2010.

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