"Not content with a strongly-worded rebuttal and strategically-placed digital ads, the NFL is taking its fight against the New York Times a step further, demanding retraction of a story the newspaper published last week about the league’s allegedly incomplete concussion research and alleged ties to Big Tobacco.
Brad S. Karp, the NFL’s legal counsel, wrote that the story, which washeadlined “NFL’s Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to the Tobacco Industry” is “false and defamatory” in a letter to the Times that was obtained by Politico. Karp, of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, writes: “Like the ‘Big Tobacco’ charge, the thesis that the NFL manipulated concussion data to skew research on which the [l]eague continues to rely is false and defamatory and not supported by the facts set forth in the story.” . . . "
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