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Former College Players Sue NCAA for Lack of Education on Health Risks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Three former college football players are suing the NCAA, saying it failed to educate them about the risks of concussions and did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries.

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Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007-2011, and Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972-76, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The complaint alleges the NCAA failed to meet its obligation to former players and because of its neglect the players are “suffering the dramatic consequences.” The lawsuit seeks an NCAA to fund a medical-monitoring program for former football players.

The lawsuit is similar to one filed in 2011 in Illinois. Attorneys in that case recently asked a judge to make it a class-action suit.

The Tennessee lawsuit was filed by Washington-based attorney Michael Hausfeld, who is also the lead attorney in the O’Bannon case that is seeking damages from the NCAA for using athletes’ images and likenesses to make billions of dollars.

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