The league that prides itself on being the most “woke” in its alignment with social justice movements has just apologized for discriminating against its own players.
In the midst of a $1 billion settlement of past brain injury claims by former players, the NFL announced its intention to halt the use of so-called “race-norming,” a practice of adjusting test scores for race in which black players were assumed to have lower cognitive functioning than players of other races. The NFL has previously stated that the use of race-norms was optional, applied at the doctor’s discretion.
The settlement between the players and the NFL allows for retired players who were suffering from brain injuries sustained during their playing careers to be compensated by the league.
Bruce Miller, the director of the USCF Memory and Aging Center, said “Race-based norms are not scientifically sound or fair. Over-reliance on quantitative measures of cognition without understanding day-to-day function can lead to an incomplete picture of illness.”