In a surprise live interview posted on social media, NFL Pro Bowler and player advocate Eric Reid and his attorney Ben Meiselas interviewed NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley who discussed the horrific and inhumane treatment of retired disabled players at the hands of the NFL and NFLPA.
Haley is a former defensive end who entered the league in 1986 and went on to become the most decorated NFL player in history with five Super Bowl Wins. Haley played for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
During the interview, Haley discusses with Reid and Meiselas how the NFL and NFLPA disability plan has not covered his medical procedures and how he has had to beg others to pay for necessary medical procedures to avoid losing his home. Haley explains that his disturbing experience is shared with other disabled players who have essentially been discarded by the NFL and NFLPA.
Haley’s messages is simple: Give disabled retired players who sacrificed their bodies to the game some damn respect!
The question remains: Why is DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA, and NFL not listening?