The NCAA has faced 43 class-action lawsuits stemming from its handling of concussions, and at least two of them came from the state of Mississippi.
James Bozeman (Ole Miss) and Henry Davison (Mississippi State) both recently filed lawsuits, according to the Clarion-Ledger’s Antonio Morales.
Bozeman played for the Rebels from 2001-05 and claims the SEC and NCAA “failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during his time on Ole Miss’s [sic] football team,” according to Morales. He filed his lawsuit on Tuesday.
He claims that he sustained at least two concussions during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but was deprived of appropriate medical attention. Bozeman recalls being hit so hard that he had impaired vision, headaches, sensitivity to light and vomiting, according to Morales.
Bozeman claims he now sufferes from “depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, irritability, sleeping disorders, and other debilitating issues,” per the report.
Davison, who played for Mississippi State from 1974-78, did not name any specific moments of him suffering a concussion, but remembers being told to “shake it off” on several occasions after a few big hits. He filed his lawsuit on Aug. 31.
He now suffers from severe memory loss, headaches and other debilitating issues, according to the report.