We don’t need experts to verify this by now; it’s apparent with the long term effects football injuries have on players, and president Barack Obama agrees.
In an interview with The New Republic, the re-elected president commented about the football’s brutality.
“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,” he 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.”
His timing couldn’t be any better. Former NFL player Junior Seau’s family filed a lawsuit, claiming that the violent contact he endured over the years in his career led to brain disease. Seau passed away at the age of 43 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
Doctors diagnosed him with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressively degenerative disease typically found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma.
The president further expressed his concern about college athletes due to the lack the support NFL players seemingly have.
“You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on,” Obama said. “That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.”
Check out the full interview at New Republic.