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NFLPA applauds, laments NFL’s CTE admission

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Not long before the Super Bowl, a doctor who works on the league’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee “cast doubt” on the connection between head trauma and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. On Monday, the league’s executive V.P. of player health and safety acknowledged the connection.

The remark has triggered a skirmish in the pending concussion settlement, and it prompted a statement from the NFL Players Association.

Said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, via ABC News: “The good news is that this admission comes in time for both parties to address its significance to a settlement that apparently does not cover treatment for CTE in living players. The bad news is that the NFL’s lobbyist reached the foregone medical conclusion before the NFL’s chief physician did. That is unacceptable.”

The NFL contends that the admission has no relevance to the concussion settlement, given the absence of a test to determine whether a living patient has CTE. The arrangement requires the parties to meet and confer every decade to revisit the status of the science; a more expedient and timely procedure is needed, in the event that a reliable test for CTE in players who are still alive is developed.

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14 Responses to “NFLPA applauds, laments NFL’s CTE admission”
  1. hrmlss says: Mar 16, 2016 1:22 AM

    Are we surprised the NFLPA would applaud this and be surprised at the same time.

  2. twelsh36446 says: Mar 16, 2016 3:31 AM

    It’s all about that money lining their pockets. The NFL owners are all sleazebags. I guess they don’t have enough money and need more-more-more money. Just look at what has happened to most of the players after leaving football. Detroit lost a good WR because they used him as an example. That was BS. It should have been his choice. If players want to keep playing after getting a concussion they should be required to sign a waiver. The NFL knew about the health problems these older players were dealing with, yet did nothing to help them. It’s just like these kids playing college ball. After they leave college they are on there own. That’s why they should be payed just like NFL players get payed. Not near as much as a NFL played but 50k a year would go far to help them through school. It’s not like these big colleges can’t afford it.

  3. rportkid says: Mar 16, 2016 8:14 AM

    The NFL has become a corrupt organization under serial liar Goodell. This is just one example…and a sad one that affects players and their families.

  4. chicagobtech says: Mar 16, 2016 8:23 AM

    “…that apparently does not cover treatment for CTE in living players.”

    You have to open up the skull, take slices of the brain out, then look at them under a microscope to see if a person had CTE. This is why CTE is detected after a person dies. Based on Smith’s statement, the NFLPA understands science just as well as the NFL.

  5. jbloggs13 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:25 AM

    The NFLPA knows Miller hands medical opinions to its so-called doctors. They are just medical spokesmen.

    Tom Mayer does the same thing for PA except he never ever has anything to say about health and safety. De doesn’t even have to hand him talking points because he never speaks.

    NFLPA and NFL share the same bed on this issue.

  6. cinzano08 says: Mar 16, 2016 8:28 AM

    About the only thing good the NFL does is spin. 2 months ago their dr. Says head trauma doesn’t contribute to cte, now they finally admit it. We all know they have problems with science on park ave but the NFL guy was allegedly a real dr that said it. After they couldn’t count straight and stole 120 million from players and their recent string of celebrated court cases where it’s been proven the lies they’ve been telling there should be a cleansing of 345 park and exterminate the miscreants that work there. Remember absolute power corrupts and its premise has been proven once again by NFL administration.

  7. streetyson says: Mar 16, 2016 8:50 AM

    Yes players are getting bigger, but hard pads & helmets are used as weapons and allow a player to go in even harder, so replacing them with soft protection would help, along with further tweaks to tackling rules, and a fully funded player & explayer CTE monitoring and treatment program – which the league can easily afford.

    But, as much as I enjoy watching big hits, I think as the full import of CTE gets accepted, the league is also going to have to gradually evolve the game back a little more towards it’s rugby roots – where contact is somewhat more controlled.

  8. patsfan says: Mar 16, 2016 9:07 AM

    The NFL buys medical opinions like they buy science.

    Yes, I am looking at you, Exponent.

  9. steamingpilerex says: Mar 16, 2016 10:27 AM

    Let’s stop cryin – they knew the risks of any possible injury, including shots to head – not much different than cops & what they make ….it’s a gamble , but they’re the only one’s that can decide if the risk is worth the reward .

  10. vetdana says: Mar 16, 2016 11:38 AM

    This whole CTE issue has been ludiris form the start reeking of tainted logic from special interests who have Billions of dollars to protect.No one , in therir right mind, could ever conceive that costant head blows incurred during football pactice and games,from Jr. HS , through the Pro’s could not equate to the development of CTE. CTE that is diagnosed and confirmed at autopsy.All of the Legal proceedings, both current and past , are now going to have be revisited in the Courts , as a result of this admission of Football play and CTE by the NFL. This is going to get ugly and the NFL has cause for great concern, not only from the legalities and possible financial losses in Court , but from the very possible detriment incurred to the future of the NFL itself..Folks…the NFL, as good as it looks today, may not look so good in the not too distant future !

  11. steamingpilerex says: Mar 16, 2016 12:00 PM

    oh brother…lets just put flags on ’em…so everybody can play without bumping heads – might as well change the uniform to dresses while your at it….can’t you idiots see that this is NOT good – the NFL is going the way of the dinosaurs – it’s going to be extinct very soon because EVERYBODY knows that playing football is a contact sport -always has & always will be. The ONLY way to cure this CTE issue, is to do away with the game itself, is that what you want? Time to pull up your “big boy” pants & decide – it’s simple : risk vs reward – some guys won’t hesitate, others will – it’s a choice…just like cigarettes, alcohol & drugs …is the risk worth the reward…

  12. dickensbslim says: Mar 16, 2016 12:50 PM

    I’ve got no sympathy for the owners here. They could’ve admitted this long ago and plenty of people still would’ve played, but they didn’t want to sacrifice the ability to market the games to families, kids, and schools as safe.

    You just can’t have it both ways, though. Settling for a smaller talent pool still would’ve left them filthy rich and they’d have avoided the mess they’ve made for themselves now.

  13. streetyson says: Mar 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    steamingpilerex says:
    Mar 16, 2016 10:27 AM
    Let’s stop cryin – they knew the risks…
    steamingpilerex says:
    Mar 16, 2016 12:00 PM
    oh brother…lets just put flags on ’em…
    ——————————–
    Whilst I’d agree it’s up to them, there are 3 points you need to appreciate:-
    1) Explayers from before the 1990s did not know about the risks of CTE. And certainly no one told me when I played in school and college in the 70s & 80s. I even did a few practices without a helmet!!!
    2) Going forward, yes it is up to them, but as the wider public become more appreciative of the impact of CTE, your beloved game will have to change or lose increasing numbers of audience and lose increasing numbers of talented athletes to other sports. Adapt or die out.
    3) Ever watched a Rugby World Cup game? It’s safer but it ain’t flag football, it’s still a fairly rough & tough game. So evolving back halfway towards it’s rugby roots wouldn’t turn the NFL into anything like flag-football.

  14. RegisHawk says: Mar 16, 2016 5:14 PM

    Maybe they should consider an Excecutive Director who doesn’t look and/or act like he’s got CTE himself.

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