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>> They slam, crush, and pounce, and now the WWE is the latest league hit with a lawsuit claiming it did not protect its own form brain injuries. The complaint filed Monday on behalf of more than 50 wrestlers, dating back to the 1970s. Including Joseph Road Warrior Animal Laurinaitis, Jimmy Superfly Snuka and Paul Mr. Wonderful Orndorff.
They accuse the WWE and chairman Vince McMahon for concealing the risks of the degenerative brain disease they say was cause by wrestling and in scripted moves. And claim the league intentionally hired wrestlers as independent contractors, rather than employees, to avoid liability under worker protection laws. Among their alleged symptoms: dizziness, memory loss, and mood swings.
Head injuries have been a focal point for many sports. The NFL and NHL have both been slapped with suits from former players. With the New York Times reporting that even the seemingly delicate sport of synchronized swimming has seen an alarming rise in concussions among its athletes.