By: Teddy Grant
The NFL said on Wednesday that it will stop the practice of assuming Black players started out with lower mental functions, something it called “race-norming,” according to the Associated Press.
The decision comes as part of a $1 billion settlement regarding brain injury claims.
“The replacement norms will be applied prospectively and retrospectively for those players who otherwise would have qualified for an award but for the application of race-based norms,” the NFL told the Associated Press.
The league also said that the practice was “used to stop bias in testing, not perpetuate it,” according to the BNC.
The settlement comes after Black players filed a civil rights lawsuit over “race-norming.” A federal judge is presiding over the settlement throughout the suit.
Retired NFL player Ken Jenkins, who sued the league, told Making the Case host Yodit Tewolde that 6the practice was “being applied inappropriately and heavily weighted against Black players.”
“It makes it a ridiculous way of trying to evaluate someone’s cognitive decline,” he stated.