Former Texas football player Julius Whittier was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in August 2012 and is reportedly blaming the NCAA. Whittier is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA where the damages could be high as $50 million.
The criteria for this class-action suit was filed by Whittier’s sister Mildred and said, “All former NCAA football players residing in the U.S. who played from 1960 – 2014 who did not go on to play professional football in the NFL and who have been diagnosed with a latent brain injury or disease.”
Similar to the NFL concussion lawsuit, this lawsuit alleges that the NCAA did not protect its athletes from head injuries and failed to provide a safe environment for its players.
The lawsuit says, “The NCAA has breached its duty to protect college football players in the face of long-standing and overwhelming evidence regarding the need to do so. The NCAA has ignored this duty and profited immensely from its inaction and denial, all to the detriment of the players.”
Whittier is 64-years-old who was an offensive lineman for Texas from 1969-1972. Hopefully Whittier and other former players who did not get the opportunity to play in the NFL get compensated fairly from a time when head injuries were not taken seriously.