The ex-wife of the late NFL QB Kenny Stabler has joined a concussion lawsuit against the league, reports USA TODAY’s A.J. Perez.
Rose Stabler now joins former NFL players Tracy Scroggins, Quinn Gray and Danny Gorrer as a plaintiff in the complaint submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Last week, Scroggins filed a suit seeking relief under the civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
“The intentional delay in diagnosis and treatment of CTE and repeated head trauma causes avoidable injury and death,” said Tim Howard, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs. “Justice requires that the NFL be held accountable for its fraud and conspiracy in hiding the truth of CTE from repeated head trauma to players.”
After Stabler died last July of colon cancer at age 69, the brain disease CTE was found in his brain.
CTE has been linked with repeated head trauma, such as the blows delivered in football, and can cause memory loss and depression, among other symptoms. Boston University has now found CTE in 90 of the 94 former NFL players it has studied, seven of which were quarterbacks.
Stabler retired during the 1984 season after 15 years in the league. He played most of his career with the Oakland Raiders, but also spent time with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. The four-time Pro Bowl selection amassed 27,938 passing yards with 194 touchdowns.
He will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.