DM – Football’s first fan isn’t sure he’d let his son play the game, in light of the impact it takes on its players. ‘I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,’ President Obama said.
‘And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,’ Obama said. ‘In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.’
Shut up Obama. Just a dumb ass statement. Here is the thing that is driving me mad about all this concussion talk in the NFL. You have to be IN the NFL for this to really be an issue. Like I never hear about high school kids who play a 10 game season having long term concussion effects from football. You never even hear about college players. It’s always NFL veterans. Guys who play in the league for a long time. Junior Seau. Al Toon. Those types of guys. It’s a miniscule percentage of people who ever put on pads suffer who legit have to worry about post concussion syndrome. And the guys who do get paid millions upon millions of dollars to play football. It’s their choice. No different than race car drivers who risk their lives or boxers or any contact sport. No different really than cops or firefighters. There is risk involved. Yes you can get a concussion playing football. You can suffer serious injury. You don’t like it? Go get a desk job.
PS – The most infuriating part of all this concussion shit is that it really has nothing to do with player safety and everybody knows it. It’s all about the NFL protecting itself from lawsuits. That’s it. If they weren’t afraid of getting sued by ex players like Seau’s family they could just come out and say football can cause concussion blah, blah, blah. You don’t like it don’t play. But then you’ll have players coming out of the woodwork claiming the NFL put them at risk. At least that’s my understanding of this issue. It’s all PR bullshit.