Former LSU football player and Baton Rouge restaurateur Mike Anderson plans to file a concussion related lawsuit in state court today against the NCAA and helmet manufacturer Ridell. Attorney Patrick Pendley says his client suffers from headaches and memory loss and the NCAA and Ridell didn't do enough to protect him from repeated concussions.
"People that were supposed to be knowledgeable and looking after his welfare, from the standpoint of the NCAA, adopting rules and regulations, failed him and a lot of other young men too."
Anderson was a linebacker for LSU from 1967 to 1970. In his senior season, Anderson received all-american honors.
Pendley says Ridell is also at fault, because they could have done a better job of designing a helmet that would protect a player from head injuries.
"They were in position of all people to know about the results of repeated blows to the head," Pendley said.
Ridell says they have no comment on pending lawsuits and lawyers for the NCAA say Anderson's allegations against them are misdirected.