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Gary Bettman testifies in concussion lawsuit against NHL

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Gary Bettman testifies in concussion lawsuit against NHL

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave a sworn testimony in a New York City court Friday. The deposition was part of a concussion lawsuit brought against the NHL by several former players, including Bernie Nicholls, Reed Larson and Gary Leeman.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave a sworn testimony in a New York City court Friday morning as part of a concussion lawsuit brought against the NHL by several former players.

According to ESPN.com’s Katie Strang, Bettman was scheduled to give a sworn testimony to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson at 10 a.m. ET Friday. Strang reported Bettman was due in court to, “face questions about the ongoing litigation filed on behalf of several NHL players alleging the league was reckless and negligent about informing players on the risks of long-term damage as a result of head injuries suffered while playing the game.”

Bettman was ordered to testify in May, when Judge Nelson ruled that the commissioner possessed, “unique or special knowledge,” pertaining to the lawsuit.

“We are pleased the Court has denied the NHL’s motion to delay the deposition of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, finding that he ‘possesses unique knowledge concerning concussion injuries’,” the players’ co-lead counsel said in a statement released after the ruling.

The statement went on to say the group looked, “forward to deposing the Commissioner so retired players can learn the full extent to which the League deliberately ignored and concealed this information.”

The list of plaintiffs in the suit has grown over exponentially over time from its original group of 10 former players — a group which included Bernie Nicholls, Reed Larson and Gary Leeman.

Strang reported Bettman won’t be the only NHL executive who is expected to testify, as deputy commissioner Bill Daly and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell will also be deposed.

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Gary Bettman testifies in concussion lawsuit against NHL