New Book Warns Football Stars: NFL is Lying about Brain Damage and U.O.E.N.O Know It
NFL player safety has been a hot topic after the September court settlement to former players for hiding the severity and longevity of football head injuries. There have also been an increase in fines for illegal hits. According to Bleacher Report League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, is co-authored by ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru. The brothers claim that the NFL used substantial resources to dispute scientific findings linking football to brain damage for two decades. The upcoming book alleges commissioners set up a concussion committee meant to debunk neuroscientists’ findings, and even attempted to have research removed from medical journals in 2005. They claim Roger Goodell played his part in this cover-up until at least 2010. Goodell commented on the $765 million settlement.
“We were able to find a common ground to be able to get the relief to the players and their families now rather than spending years litigating when those benefits wouldn’t go to the players. So we’re very supportive of it and we think it’s the right thing to move forward and to try to do what we can to help our players and their families.”
Former NFL center and Players Association president Kevin Mawae argues $765M is only a fraction of the NFL’s constantly growing revenue. Even the original $2 billion lawsuit was a small cut of the NFL’s projected $27 billion revenue by year 2025.
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If I was in the NFL, I’d set a maximum time limit on my career for five years. During those years, I’d be saving money and planning for my post-NFL entrepreneurship. Sports leagues are purely profit-driven, and will do anything to make money. Perhaps they understand that fans tune in to see certain stars like the NBA’s David Stern when he fined the Spurs for resting their. I guess they don’t want the likes of Ray Lewis and RG3 sitting out for weeks for concussion treatment.
Wouldn’t they want their players to stay healthy and get treatment? After all, concussion awareness won’t deter bloodthirsty fans. And we all know most of the players made the decision to make a living off of their bodies, not their brains long before they turned pro.
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