Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lee Roy Selmon 'appalled' his name attached to NFL lawsuit
TAMPA - Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon said he was "appalled" to learn his name was mistakenly included in a lawsuit filed by several former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates against the National Football League and helmet manufacturers. Selmon told The Tampa Tribune on Wednesday morning he has not spoken to attorneys in Los Angeles who are preparing the case and learned about the lawsuit only after news reports linked him and his brother, former Bucs' linebacker Dewey Selmon, with other plaintiffs. "I want to clear this up," Selmon said. "I have not filed any lawsuit whatever. I have no intention whatsoever of filing a lawsuit. I'm upset about this. All I know is the same as you guys (media) have been finding out, but no one involved in this has talked to me. "I want to make it very clear that while other players may have spoken to an attorney, I have spoken with no one."The lawsuit originally listed Selmon as a plaintiff and said he suffers from "multiple past traumatic brain injuries with various symptoms, including, but not limited to, memory loss, headaches, and sleeplessness." After viewing the document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, The Tribune attempted to contact Selmon on Monday and Tuesday of this week but he did not initially return telephone calls. Attorneys in the case admitted late Tuesday that Selmon and his brother were mistakenly included in their legal brief. They said they will make the necessary corrections. Linking him to post-traumatic medical conditions particularly galled Selmon, who said, "I don't have those types of issues -- headaches, memory loss, sleeplessness -- none whatsoever. I want to be clear about that. I'm appalled." Selmon said that if attorneys try to get him to join the case, he will decline. "In my family we deal with the truth," he said. "No way can I be involved in something if I don't have these issues. If anybody called me and asked if I would join this case, I'd categorically say no because I don't have any of the problems they're talking about."