Let’s check what’s crackin down at the NFL owner’s meetings.
Pats aren’t going to stay long. Chop blocks are now fully illegal. And some old Texas windbag says pro football causing CTE is a buncha hogwash.
There are a lot of old folks who aren’t as sharp as they used to be down in Boca Raton, but you could pluck any 90-year old off the shuffleboard pitch at the country club, ask him to break down the Coach-ella lineup – and he’d come off more coherent than Jerry Jones flapping his lips about brain trauma.
Ol Jer says there’s no relationship between massive athletes slamming their heads into one another and CTE. “No, that’s absurd. There’s no data in any way that creates a knowledge. There’s no way that you could have made a comment that there is an association and some type of assertion. ..Medicine is evolving. I grew up being told that aspirin was not good.”
Well that’s because when you grew up, “health care” was the local witch doctor coming to your stage coach to mash up some roots and put fresh leeches on your legs any time you had a headache.
Jerrah says we need more research. And it’s like he stole the teleprompter script from every speech every Big Tobacco exec has ever given. Deny the link. Point out that some people who smoked didn’t actually get lung cancer. Say we need more research. And keep cashing checks.
Paging Dr. Jones – the NFL’s VP of Health and Safety Jeff Miller was admitting there’s a link, just over a week ago. Research that.
Who do you believe – that guy, whose entire job is based around the safety of players, and who finally answered the question everyone has been asking for years. Or the guy who declared “you won’t see a more gifted passer” than Brandon Weeden? There’s no data? Boston University studied 94 ex-nfl players and found NINETY! Of them with CTE. You’ve got ex-players taking their own lives. You have current players deciding to retire. And maybe JJ should do the same. Because what’s “absurd” is the idea that CTE and football absolutely do not go together.
Frankly- Jerrah’s take on CTE is so bad; I’m concerned that he might have it.
Bottom line, he’s right when he says we need more research. We do. And there are many more questions that need to be answered. But pretty much everything Jerry said is, to use his own word, absurd
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