- AFL NewsShaun Smith On The Historic $1.4 Million Payout He Got For Concussion Damages From His AFL Career
Shaun Smith On The Historic $1.4 Million Payout He Got For Concussion Damages From His AFL Career
On the Hot Breakfast
Former North Melbourne and Melbourne player Shaun Smith joined the Hot Breakfast this morning and told us about the $1.4 million payout he received for concussion damages from his AFL career.
“It’s basically changed my life in regards to sort of putting me back into civilisation almost,” Smith said.
“Because I was only thinking yesterday it was probably, nearly, just a month shy of a year ago that I was sitting in a psychiatric hospital crying my eyes out in my room, it was pretty much nothing in my pocket and I’ve certainly come a long way in my last year.
“Just changes to my lifestyle, obviously the payout yesterday has sort of made my head spin a bit.”
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Smith said he didn’t remember many of the games he played during his career.
“When I think back to the games I don’t remember playing, the only reason why I know I played is because it’s in the record books and on VHS some of them, it’s that old,” Smith said.
“The 87 elimination final, I got a decent whack just before half time, and I came back on after half time and I actually don’y remember playing the game… you wore that with a badge of honour back then.”
Smith said it wasn’t uncommon for players of that era to shrug off being knocked out.
“If you sort of came off, it was a sign of weakness, and toughen up and all that sort of rubbish,” he said.
“I’ve had some pretty significant knockouts, I’ve probably been knocked out half a dozen times, which I think my mother to smoke more packets of cigarettes, I think, than she wanted to.
“When I think about it, there’s a lot I have to be told what happened because there’s a lot I don’t remember.”