Two retired black soccer players have filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, claiming that the league deliberately manipulated its cognitive performance test results to make it less likely that black soccer players would receive benefits as part of the 2016 concussion.  Kevin Henry, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for eight seasons, and Najeh Davenport, who played for the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts for seven seasons, claims that the NFL violated federal law in handling claims during the settlement using different sets of data for blacks and white players. Their complaints claim that the alleged practice has made it more difficult for black pensioners to receive compensation for cognitive disabilities.
In April 2016, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia approved the settlement, which included an uncapital, inflation-adjusted monetary dividend fund to compensate retired players with certain diagnoses, free baseline neurological assessments and $ 10 million to train current players on injury prevention.
Mr. Henry and Mr. Davenport has asked the federal court to ensure that the NFL does not use alleged "race-rated" points to assess eligibility and seeks damages for players who were subjected to the alleged illegal practice.