It could be a ground-breaking lawsuit, as it’s the first of its kind against the Canadian Football League.
Former BC Lions wide receiver Arland Bruce has filed a notice of civil claim alleging negligence and negligent misrepresentation, after he continued to play the game, despite suffering from a concussion.
“Three strikes and you’re out, you shouldn’t be playing a sport when you’ve suffered multiple concussions, and your functions are being affected,” said Bruce’s lawyer Robyn Wishart. “And this information is not getting to our Pee Wee league, it’s not getting to our high schools, it’s not getting to our college athletes.”
“The CFL engaged in research and an education program about concussions, and withheld that type of information from its players in the Canadian Football Association.”
The suit says Arland was knocked out in a September 2012 hit during a game between the BC Lions – Bruce’s team at the time – and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
He returned to play in a playoff game in November of that year.
He is seeking damages for future medical expenses.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.