Hall of Famer Paul Hornung sues helmet maker Riddell
NFL Hall of Famer and Green Bay Packers legend Paul Hornung is suing helmet manufacturer Riddell, claiming the company knew of the threat of brain trauma and didn’t warn players, according to the New York Times.
Hornung is seeking damages of at least $50,000 from Riddell, the largest producer of helmets and the inventor of the plastic football helmet.
Riddell was previously a co-defendant in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, but that case has been separated from the one against the league. The helmet manufacturer could still face a lawsuit from former NFL players once the case against the NFL has been resolved.
Hornung’s case against Riddell will be separate from the class-action lawsuit.
“Prior to, during and after Paul Hornung’s N.F.L. football career, Riddell knew of the harmful long-term effects of brain traumas sustained by football players while wearing Riddell’s supposed protective equipment; however, it misrepresented and concealed these facts from Paul Hornung,” the complaint reads.
Riddell has not responded to the lawsuit.