Former UT football player sues NCAA over brain injury

Orenthal James Owens -(Photo: University of Tennessee Athletics)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A former University of Tennessee football player filed a lawsuit against the NCAA this week.

The law firm representing Orenthal James Owens, Edelson PC, told WATE 6 On Your Side that the former player filed the lawsuit because of the long lasting effects of a concussion. The injury occurred while he was playing at UT. Owens played for the university from 2000 to 2003. He suffered multiple injuries while with the Vols.

Three other players from Duke University, Ohio State and the University of Michigan have filed separate lawsuits against the NCAA to form the class action.

This comes after six lawsuits were filed last month against the association. According to The New York Times, the players are seeking financial relief for their injuries. In the class action filed in May, the plaintiffs played in the Big Ten, the SEC and the Pacific-12.

In January, a federal judge approved a settlement between former athletes with head injuries and the NCAA. However, the settlement did not mention financial relief for the plaintiffs. Instead, it was for $70 million to help former athletes monitor brain injuries, according to the Times.

Related: Concussions and head injuries: East Tennessee coaches work to keep kids safe

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