Notre Dame, NCAA face lawsuit concerning brain damage to football players
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, April 12, 2018
Notre Dame is facing a lawsuit, claiming the school knew and ignored the risks of brain damage its football players faced, according to a report from WNDU on Wednesday.
The widow of Steve Schmitz — a Notre Dame running back and end receiver from 1974 to 1978 — is bringing the suit against the University and the NCAA. According to the report, Schmitz was diagnosed with “a disease associated with repetitive brain trauma” and died approximately three years later, in 2015.
The legal issue surrounding the lawsuit concerns whether or not Ohio’s statute of limitations applies to the case and would prevent a lawsuit from being brought forward more than two years after the incident.
In arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court, Notre Dame’s lawyer, Matthew Kairis, argued that opportunity for a lawsuit ended two years after Schmitz’s time on the team. Attorney David Langfitt said Schmitz did not know he was suffering brain damage at the time and that the statute should not apply to the suit.