“Brain injuries and their impact on long-term health have become a major issue for athletes — both active and retired — in many sports around the world.
One NHL lawyer, though, thought her league should ignore the problem altogether.
In a 2009 email placed into evidence in a lawsuit against the league, NHL Deputy General Counsel Julie Grand gave her thoughts to Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on the NHL and NHLPA’s Concussion Working Group. In the email, Grand said that she did not think the group should focus on the problems of retired players, via TSN:
“(they are) removed from the current issues we face … I’d rather focus on the here and now and leave the dementia issues up to the NFL!”