Former Alabama player is suing NCAA and SEC over concussion concerns
Former Alabama OL/TE Cole Harvey didn’t see the field for the Crimson Tide during his two years with the team in 2005 and 2006, but that doesn’t mean his body didn’t feel the consequences of playing high-level football.
In a lawsuit filed against the NCAA and SEC, Harvey claims to have suffered 10 t0 15 concussions while playing for the Tide.
Though the suit can’t legally name the University of Alabama as a defendant, it claims the NCAA and SEC “failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines.”
Harvey’s is one of 43 similar lawsuits that have been filed since May, which are part of the fifth such grouping of these suits.
Though new concussion protocols were put in place in 2010, Harvey’s lawyer, Chris Dore, told AL.com the NCAA and the SEC should have (and could have) acted sooner:
“Look at how fast things changed when the NCAA required that protocol to go into place,” Dore said by phone. “Every school changed its policy, practically overnight.”
Dore continued, mentioning the big business of college athletics and how teams have a responsibility to take care of their former players:
“We think (the plaintiffs) have given a lot to their schools,” Dore said. “The schools have made a lot of money through this program and we believe these players deserved to be compensated for the injuries that they suffered that we allege could have been avoided.”
Harvey seeks compensation for all related medical expenses he has incurred or will incur in the future.
The SEC hasn’t commented on the lawsuit.