Soccer Business Bits: MLS Good Works & Namoff Suit

unitedMajor League Soccer issued a press release on Wednesday stating that the league and the MLS Players Union have partnered with You Can Play, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.  According to the official statement, “The diversity found in our League has always been a point of pride for us,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “Our MLS WORKS ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ initiative is a strong statement that we are a league that stands against discrimination. We are proud to partner with You Can Play to ensure that all of our fans and players know that MLS is committed to providing a safe environment where everyone is treated equally, and with dignity and respect.”

Last Fall we wrote about a lawsuit initiated by former DC United Defender Bryan Namoff.  In a case filed in the District of Columbia, Namoff and his wife have sued DC Soccer LLC d/b/a DC United and former United coach Tom Soehn.  The Complaint alleges that Namoff suffered a hit to his head in 2009 during  a match against Kansas City.   After completing the game, Namoff was allegedly diagnosed with a concussion.The Complaint alleges that appropriate tests were not conducted to evaluate Namoff’s post concussion condition.  Three days later, Namoff played in match against Seattle.  The Complaint sounds in counts of medical malpractice, negligent training and others. The Complaint, a copy of which is attached here, courtesy of Courthouse News, is seeking in excess of $10 million.   There is also a claim for loss of consortium brought by Namoff’s wife seeking an additional $2 million. A Judge has denied a motion to dismiss filed by United in that case (a standard tactic for defendants).  The decision addressed the interesting issue of whether DC United needs to carry Comp insurance.  Now the case will proceed into the discovery phase, where the parties will have the right to exchange documents, take depositions and investigate the facts.

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