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Obama: Danger of concussions in NFL ‘no longer a secret’
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Posted on 01/19/2014 7:36:54 AM PST by Sub-Driver

January 19, 2014, 10:10 am Obama: Danger of concussions in NFL ‘no longer a secret’

By Justin Sink

President Obama said that he believed NFL players “know what they’re doing” and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday, adding that he would not let his son play pro football.

“At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama said. “These guys, they know what they’re doing. They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?”

In August, the NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the league by former players. The league did not admit any liability or that brain injuries were the result of playing football, but the money will be split among former players and medical researchers. A federal judge has not yet approved the deal.

Existing research has shown that repeated concussions can be associated with memory loss and behavioral changes. They’re also linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease.

The president made the comments while speaking aboard Air Force One with David Remnick, the magazine’s editor and a former sportswriter for The Washington Post.

Obama said that while the risks were understood, if he had a son, he would not allow him to play professional football.

“I would not let my son play pro football,” he said. “But, I mean, you wrote a lot about boxing, right? We’re sort of in the same realm.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: athletes; brain; davidremnick; football; newyorker; nfl; obama; pittsburghsteelers
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1 posted on 01/19/2014 7:36:54 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Which version of Husseincare covers that?


2 posted on 01/19/2014 7:39:46 AM PST by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought his son was dead.


3 posted on 01/19/2014 7:40:08 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is there any topic Dear Leader does feel compelled to pontificate on?


4 posted on 01/19/2014 7:40:59 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama has a son?


5 posted on 01/19/2014 7:41:08 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve seen interviews with NFL players and I can guarantee that the brain damage they suffer from was caused by a public school education.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 7:41:55 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: 5thGenTexan
Is there any topic Dear Leader does not feel compelled to pontificate on?
7 posted on 01/19/2014 7:42:45 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: Sub-Driver

Always been punch drunk boxers. Always been punch drunk tackles. No one told them to play football. Don’t be a crybaby after the fact. You’ve been warned. Either play or let some else take your place.

Zer0s involvement in this is just one more step to realize his dream of the pussification of America.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 7:43:16 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

But he would allow his son to dress up like a thug.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 7:44:12 AM PST by willk
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To: Sub-Driver

Let’s talk about killing babies....


10 posted on 01/19/2014 7:44:49 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver

Just the idea that O wouldn’t let an adult Trayvon play pro-football if he wanted to is laughable. He thinks he controls everything and that which he doesn’t control is high on his “list.”


11 posted on 01/19/2014 7:45:06 AM PST by NTegraT (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Vaquero

Same as today’s volunteer military, or those that desire employment as police officers. There are no victims only volunteers.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 7:46:41 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: Sub-Driver

Too bad Obama didn’t lie his way thru medical school. He might be slightly more believable.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 7:46:43 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

remember that little 12 year old Skittle-eating football player son of his that was ruthlessly gunned down by Tony Montana ?


14 posted on 01/19/2014 7:46:54 AM PST by digger48
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To: P-Marlowe

...and a sports worshipping society that demands the education system not hold them to even the standard of the other students because they are athletes, and the team needs them.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 7:48:18 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: Sub-Driver

Is he the commissioner of all sports and entertainment, the prince of blacks or president?


16 posted on 01/19/2014 7:48:38 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; Sub-Driver

“I thought his son was dead.”

There are many who look like his ‘son’ Travon out there, and many are playing in the NFL...some others are playing the ‘Knockout Game’...


17 posted on 01/19/2014 7:48:55 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s the way, Mr President. Show up late to a discussion, pick a topic way out of your responsibilities, clear your throat and speak authoritatively on it. All that is needed is tall-hatted army generals with little notebooks soberly writing down what you say.


18 posted on 01/19/2014 7:50:29 AM PST by lurk
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To: Sub-Driver
What about concussions from the 'knock out game'?

When will dear leader comment on that?

19 posted on 01/19/2014 7:51:15 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: P-Marlowe

Post of the Day!


20 posted on 01/19/2014 7:51:25 AM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama’s son was a soccer player. I know this because I heard he got capped....


21 posted on 01/19/2014 7:53:38 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Sub-Driver

Limbaugh did a lengthy segment last week about how this NFL concussion thing has been invented and spread. The numbers show that the NFL players had less concussions than evryday people. He also pointed how the media sources for the concussions were other media stories. In effect, they were all quoting each other in a circle jerk fashion.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 7:55:27 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Vaquero
“Zer0s involvement in this is just one more step to realize his dream of the pussification of America.”

Can't stand Obama’s agenda, agree that there's a push from multiple quarters to suppress masculinity, and agree that it's a personal choice whether or not to play when you're an adult; but, I also think that it's very important to determine if development of new equipment and some rule changes can protect the players while preserving the essence of the game.

With steroid use (you know it's happening) and advanced training etc. the players are bigger and stronger and faster, and the game has to evolve a bit to protect players. There was a lot of resistance to making Formula One racing safer - initially, but it's in my opinion a better sport now because of it. I'm sure they can preserve football, and develop ways to help prevent concussions.

Just my two cents.

23 posted on 01/19/2014 7:55:55 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Joe 6-pack

“What about concussions from the ‘knock out game’?”

A very, very valid point. There’s no question that even if it doesn’t kill you, being hit in the head can permanently alter brain function, at least regionally.


24 posted on 01/19/2014 7:58:18 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Sub-Driver

Time to get out your pen and write an order to ban football. After all you are the emperor.


25 posted on 01/19/2014 7:59:41 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Sub-Driver

Tell Obama Trayvon is dead.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 8:02:40 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope the admin jumps the shark and moves to stop high school football at the federal level. The only religious fervor left in this nation seems to be in its devotion to athletics. It will apparently take that or outlawing beer to wake the masses up. Scandal after scandal, shoving murder and perversion down everyone’s throat wont do it. But attack football and you start a war.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 8:03:18 AM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: P-Marlowe
bump it up:

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I’ve seen interviews with NFL players and I can guarantee that the brain damage they suffer from was caused by a public school education.


28 posted on 01/19/2014 8:04:03 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes, there are dangers involved in playing football, risks that every player accepts after weighing the rewards. This pales to the horrors and destruction of government that we have no choice but be victims of. The NFL is a danger to a few who freely choose the risk. The federal government is on a rampage of theft, death and destruction and allows none of its victims to opt out.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 8:04:29 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: 5thGenTexan
Is there any topic Dear Leader does feel compelled to pontificate on?

I think you meant "does not"

I watch less and less T.V. because I think he will show up on set. Even today for the playoff games, I fear he will end up in one of the announcer's booths.

30 posted on 01/19/2014 8:05:14 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: Sub-Driver

“adding that he would not let his son play pro football.”


The minimum age someone must be to play in the NFL is three years out of high school, so that would be around 20 or 21 years old or the end of their junior year in college,,,a legal adult. How would Bozo stop his son from playing in the NFL,,,throw him in jail?


31 posted on 01/19/2014 8:05:38 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama said that while the risks were understood, if he had a son, he would not allow him to play professional football.

That's right. If there's any head bashing going in, it'll be Obama's son doing it to another.
32 posted on 01/19/2014 8:05:55 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 5thGenTexan
Is there any topic Dear Leader does not feel compelled to pontificate on?

Sure, the IRS targeting of conservatives, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Keystone XL pipeline, and much, much more!
33 posted on 01/19/2014 8:07:48 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Sub-Driver
This is strange.

This would be akin to the Soviets messing with vodka production and dispersal.

Why would you mess with an opiate of the masses? Any tool that's helping you keep them dumb, distracted with meaningless crap and "tribed out" would be their friend, I would think.

34 posted on 01/19/2014 8:08:21 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama: Danger of concussions in NFL ‘no longer a secret’

Now, if we could just get some in depth comments from the PRESIDINK on "fast & furious", Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, etc, etc.

35 posted on 01/19/2014 8:09:07 AM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Sub-Driver
"I would not let my son play pro football"

So when an athlete begins his pro-football career, he will be 22 years old or so. So he is going to order his "son" a grown man around? Especially when his "son" could potentially make millions in a relatively short amount of time. Even if he had a son, I doubt very much he would be a quarterback in the NFL. I say this because, I seen how well Obama can throw a ball. Like a homo.

36 posted on 01/19/2014 8:09:57 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Yup. I see that.

Funny thing. The very helmets that were developed to protect from brain damage may be the very instrument of brain damage I this current era.

Some data suggests that helmeted NFL players are about 25% more likely to sustain a head injury than Australian-rules footballers, who wear no body armor. An Australian researcher noted that “there may be a greater prevalence of head injuries in the American game because the players hit each other with forces up to 100% greater. ‘If they didn’t have helmets on, they wouldn’t do that,’ he says.”

The NFL has no plans to eliminate headgear, however. Instead, the league is focusing on improvements to helmet technology and certain safety related rules changes.

37 posted on 01/19/2014 8:13:21 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: chessplayer
How would Bozo stop his son from playing in the NFL

Make him wear a dress to the tryouts ?

38 posted on 01/19/2014 8:13:48 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: chessplayer

You beat me to this point.


39 posted on 01/19/2014 8:14:33 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

Lots of parents order their children around and try to control their lives, no matter how old they are.


40 posted on 01/19/2014 8:14:46 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: willk
But he would allow his son to dress up like a thug.

or a flaming homosexual.

41 posted on 01/19/2014 8:14:56 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: castlegreyskull
So when an athlete begins his pro-football career, he will be 22 years old or so.

Well, the problem with that is the 22 year old doesn't wake up one day and decide to become pro.

Typically, in my observation as a mother to a young boy, he has been groomed since he was about seven to believe he is going to be the next big thing in the NFL by a mom and dad in the suburbs who have a vicarious living problem and "competitive issues". So, for every 22 year old with real potential to go big there are thousands who have been getting bounced around on their head for ten plus years to secure Mom and Dad's dream.

Not saying I agree with O, just saying that is the reality.

42 posted on 01/19/2014 8:15:49 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: The Great RJ
"Time to get out your pen and write an order to ban football. After all you are the emperor."

I think it would be awesome if he ordered the Patriots to make him starting QB for today's game. Similar to what the emperor did on that movie Gladiator. I bet the ratings for that game would be around 250 million viewers.

43 posted on 01/19/2014 8:19:59 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: riri

I agree with everything you wrote.

Personally, I would rather encourage my children to play different sports and activities other than football. Yes of course, they don’t wake up at 22 waiting for their name to be called on draft day. It starts a long before that moment.


44 posted on 01/19/2014 8:23:25 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
The solution


45 posted on 01/19/2014 8:25:06 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: chessplayer
Lots of parents order their children around and try to control their lives, no matter how old they are.

Yes of course. Fortunately or Unfortunately, my parents never tried to control me. They watch my success and blunders from a distant.

46 posted on 01/19/2014 8:25:55 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: Sub-Driver

Which one is the son?


47 posted on 01/19/2014 8:27:02 AM PST by anton
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To: VideoDoctor

Those issues are far less important than Obama’s view on the NFL...


48 posted on 01/19/2014 8:32:09 AM PST by EEGator
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To: Sub-Driver

“I would not let my son play pro football,” he said.”

As we all know, 12 year olds play pro football.


49 posted on 01/19/2014 8:33:01 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
"Obama has a son?"

"Had..."

50 posted on 01/19/2014 8:35:50 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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