Deion Sanders was roundly criticized in the media for his remarks Sunday during the NFL Network’s pregame show. The Hall of Fame defensive back said that many of the 4,000 players who are part of the concussion lawsuit against the league are in it for the money.
“The game is a safe game, the equipment is better, I don’t buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I’m not buying all that. Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal. That’s real talk. That’s really how it is. I wish they’d be honest and tell the truth because it’s keeping kids away from our game.”
Now Sanders has received flak from one of his peers. Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn told WHOO radio in Orlando that he was not pleased by Sanders’ comments.
“I think Deion has a very high IQ and (is) very knowledgeable when it comes down to football. However, . It pissed me off. I was upset about that and when I see him face to face I’ll ask him about it. I think Deion should have done some research.”
“Nationally, publicly, he made that comment. I think Junior Seau’s family, I think Dave Duerson’s, I think some families that had fathers, grandfathers or uncles who died from some of those concussions and diseases that caused that, he should come nationally and apologize to those families, because he don’t know.”
“I am in the lawsuit. I was one of the first ten guys that was actually in it two years ago. The problem is this man, how [the NFL] didn’t handle it and how they didn’t tell some of the players about it. … The ordeal is, I do have headaches sometimes and I’ve had several concussions. … When I’m 45-50 years old and something is happening to me, how do I know that’s not a part of me getting hit?”
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor