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NCAA Settles Lawsuit Over Death of Football Player From CTE

12up logo 12up 6/15/2018 Shane Holbein
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​In a landmark settlement that could set the stage for future cases against the ​NCAA involving head injuries that cause CTE, the NCAA has folded mid-trial.

The widow of former Texas Longhorn player Gregory Ploetz filed a suit against the NCAA claiming they did not provide adequate information to her late husband regarding the long-term effects of head injuries. Debra Hardin-Ploetz claims the NCAA could and should have prevented her now deceased husband's chronic traumatic encephalopathy. 

The case of the Estate of Gregory Ploetz v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was settled mid-trial after Hardin-Ploetz and the NCAA agreed to settlement terms during the trial's hour lunch break. It was the third day of proceedings in the case.

Terms of the settlement have yet to be released.

George Ploetz allegedly suffered from CTE for 10 years before his unfortunate death in 2015. 

District Judge Ken Molberg praised the service of the jurors for enabling the case to be solved.

“‘They also serve who only stand and wait,’” he said. “While we were in that lengthy pause the parties have reached a resolution of this case… and I want to say that I couldn’t make them do it before they got here, I was incapable of that, they were incapable of doing it themselves, so what did it take, it took the thirteen of you, essentially, to do that.”

​The NCAA and NFL have been hit with lawsuits over the past couple of years regarding their failure to address head injuries. All have been settled with the organizations agreeing to large monetary settlements. 


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