Tuesday, October 8, 2013

League of denial

Just saw a great Frontline documentary on brain injury in the NFL. Now coming to a TV near you… Highly recommend.

It's the story of how the NFL has obstructed progress in researching concussions and CTE in players. They bullied and discredited scientists, for one thing. The scientists recognized very early on what they were seeing. An epidemic of neurodegenerative disease.

When the NFL were finally hauled in front of Congress in 2009, a lawmaker compared the league to Big Tobacco, trying to deny the link between smoking and lung cancer. That didn't stop the NFL  though. They just bounced back with the same arguments. Even today they're still saying there's not enough evidence.

All I can say is mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be linebackers...

These posts on Route 66, a journey followed the NFL concussion story:

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