NFL “rejects any suggestion of improper influence” over NIH study

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The NFL has remained silent in the hours since news emerged of a Congressional report that the league unduly influenced the selection of a researcher to lead a National Institutes of Health study regarding head trauma. While the NFL still has not yet provided specifics, the league has issued a categorical rejection of the conclusion.

“We are reviewing the report but categorically reject any suggestion of improper influence,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email.

Given the league’s position, and based on the precedent created by the league’s zealous opposition to a New York Times report regarding flawed concussion research and (tenuous) links between Big Shield and Big Tobacco, it’s safe to assume that, eventually, a lengthy and detailed response will be provided by the NFL. Whether that persuades the media or the public or otherwise undoes the preliminary damage from the 91-page report remains to be seen.

For now, the report has created an impression that the league wanted to steer a study regarding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in living patients away from someone whom the league regarded as being adverse to its interests. Regardless of whether the league did or didn’t exert undue influence, it’s not a surprise that the league would have concern about a test for detecting CTE in players who have not yet died. If/when a test is developed and if/when it results in the widespread detection of CTE in NFL, college, and/or high school players, the NFL could experience something far more dangerous to the future of the league than a class-action lawsuit.

43 responses to “NFL “rejects any suggestion of improper influence” over NIH study

  1. The NFL is the most poorly run company in America and has by far the most inept CEO. One botched/mishandled event after another. Roger Goodell is so overmatched in the commissioner role it’s painful.

  2. I love professional football yet I fear and loathe the people running it. Not only are the two not mutually exclusive but for more and more fans I talk with it is becoming axiomatic

  3. Laughable!
    The NFL shops for desired results. Recent history proved this given their choice of scientific “expert” Exponent…a notorious science firm hired based on their ability to confirm desired conclusions.
    I am embarrassed for Goodell and the Full 32…making such preposterous and ludicrous pronouncements. The NFL insists on digging its own grave at an accelerated pace.

  4. And THIS is why Goodell is going after Brady. You lemmings who have bought into the frame job are doing his bidding regarding concussions. Focus on football deflation and ignore the willing destruction of people’s brains

  5. Why is everyone so surprised it is the same BS republicans have been pulling for decades on climate change yet half the country votes for these fact denying turds every election. We should start calling the US the fact free zone.

  6. one of these days they are going to overreach and their cozy little castle is going to come crashing down around them and they won’t even know it’s happened until it’s too late to fix it.

  7. The league that hired Ted Wells to serve as an “independent” investigator and let Jeff Pash edit his report before it was released “rejects any suggestion of improper influence”. That’s rich.

    Newsflash to Mr. McCarthy, the members of Congress may be unpopular and dysfunctional, but they weren’t born yesterday.

  8. Except for Democrats I’ve never seen an organization screw up a good thing. The entire front office needs to be flushed. And the owners need to be held accountable.

  9. rogobrothers says:
    May 23, 2016 2:15 PM
    I guess the Pats will lose a draft pick over this.
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    Now THAT gave me a good laugh! HAHA!

  10. Gee, is it really a shock the NFL lies so much they don’t even realize how obvious it is they’re lying?

    They’re not getting away with this or what Goodell has engineered with Framegate either.

  11. Wait so the NFL thinks that there may be inaccuracies in an overly long report and that they should receive the benefit of the doubt?
    That’s rich.

  12. proat17052 says:
    May 23, 2016 2:45 PM

    Why is everyone so surprised it is the same BS republicans have been pulling for decades on climate change yet half the country votes for these fact denying turds every election. We should start calling the US the fact free zone.
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    Man-made global warming is one of the largest frauds, second only to organized religion, ever perpetrated upon humankind.

  13. This is what a company looks like when they totally luck their way into having an incredible product that sells itself. Goodell and Company couldn’t run a lemonade stand.

  14. The league is in need of a reboot….Way too much money flowing for there not to be a corruption. Great time for a startup with hungry owners and players. These guys are all to fat

  15. Why is everyone so surprised it is the same BS republicans have been pulling for decades on climate change yet half the country votes for these fact denying turds every election. We should start calling the US the fact free zone.
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    Man-made global warming is one of the largest frauds, second only to organized religion, ever perpetrated upon humankind.

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    Your Honor I present exhibit A.

  16. churchofthehoody says:
    May 23, 2016 2:52 PM

    The NFL is run by sociopaths who will tell you the sky is green and expect you to believe it…
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    And some people will.

  17. As pats fans we do not see ourselves as victims. We see ourselves pointing out the
    Complete lack of integrity that emanates from 245 Park Ave. Trust us, we thought the same about the cowboys and Redskins penalties, we watched as the Dolphins were beat up, we sat quietly as Bountygate was happening. Now we are just pointing out a pattern, stealing over a $100 Million, influence peddling.

    Yup, we are the ones who are hardly the victims. But believe me, we know who the culprits are.

  18. “…it’s not a surprise that the league would have concern about a test for detecting CTE in players who have not yet died. If/when a test is developed and if/when it results in the widespread detection of CTE in NFL, college, and/or high school players, the NFL could experience something far more dangerous to the future of the league than a class-action lawsuit.

    Florio: it may not be a surprise, but it is beyond damning if the nfl does anything but work with the medical community to find such a test.

    Anything else amounts to an admission they believe their sport does cause CTE, thus they would be guilty of purposely dooming another generation of people like Junior Seau and Andre Waters.

  19. Well, if the League denies it, clearly there is no story. Is there any organization with more integrity than the NFL? Their word is oak solid. /sarcasm

  20. Quote me on this

    what is happening is they are waiting til all the heat blows over. CTE judgements and EVERYTHING improper being flagged in the courts news media and everywhere in the last few years …. then after that is all blown over 1-2-3 years from now only then will they replace goodell. cause then itll be like they are wiping the slate clean on all the past transgressions and they can start a new.

    QUOTE me on this in 4 years

  21. ^^^^^ what i just said isnt about football as a sport its about how the business of football is being ran.

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