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SBD/August 1, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL's Goodell, Pop Warner's Butler Jointly Announce Endorsement Of Heads Up Program
Published August 1, 2013
SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE? THE MMQB’s Don Banks noted Bengals Owner Mike Brown last week in an interview with Cincinnati-area media summed up “any potential link between football-produced head injuries and later-in-life brain damage as nothing more than ‘merely speculation,’ citing ‘our statistics’ as substantiation of his claim.” Brown said that he himself “suffered his share of concussions as a high school and college athlete, and ‘I can still count to 10.’” Banks wrote the NFL has “endured more than its share of cringe-worthy headlines in recent weeks, but Brown taking center stage to play science skeptic and quasi-concussion expert had to give the league office a headache.” At a time when the NFL is “leaning so far forward on the matter of brain injuries and player safety that it seems it could tip over, along comes Brown to frame the issue in the hazy light of the past, with a shrug and a ham-handed attempt to dismiss the whole concussion issue as guesswork that hasn’t led to any meaningful conclusions.” That is the “wrong tone, at the wrong time, by the wrong guy.” Banks asked, “Does the NFL really want Brown of all people to be messenger when it comes to handling the question of whether repeated concussions increase the risk of dementia?” (MMQB.SI.com, 7/30).