NFL already plotting response to upcoming film Concussion

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While it now appears that the NFL didn’t try to muzzle the family of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Junior Seau in order to avoid a potential concussion-related embarrassment, the NFL already is making plans for the potential concussion-related embarrassment that it never will be able to silence.

Per a league source, owners spent significant time at their May 2015 meeting discussing how to deal with and respond to the movie Concussion, which has a planned release date of December 25.

Produced by a group including Ridley Scott, Concussion stars Will Smith at Dr. Bennet Omalu and Alec Baldwin as Dr. Julian Bailes. The list of characters suggests that the film will focus on the tragic endings to the lives of Mike Webster, Andre Waters, and Justin Strzelczyk.

While that may not be the subject matter on which American movie-goers will choose to spend their 2015 holiday season, the Columbia Pictures offering will put the concussion crisis squarely into the minds of mainstream America, in a way that could make football fans feel differently about the NFL — and that could cause more parents to steer more kids away from playing football.

As Christmas presents go, the NFL undoubtedly would prefer a can of Simoniz.

46 responses to “NFL already plotting response to upcoming film Concussion

  1. No matter how hard they try the NFL simply will not be able to hide from the fact that for many years they not only avoided the research that was being conducted showing the link between head injuries in football and long term health concerns but they also tried to foolishly disprove it.

    You reap what you sow.

  2. “focus on the tragic endings to the lives of Mike Webster, Andre Waters, and Justin Strzelczyk.”

    ===============

    Two of three Steelers.

    Concussion?

    It should be called Steroids.

    The entire movie could be done on the team with total disregard for the health of their players.

    Look up the untimely death history of NFL players and you’ll find it dominated by ex-Steelers.

  3. When it comes to “protecting the shield” in a battle of PR the NFL is very proactive.

    When it comes to an allegation of cheating so severe that it threatens the integrity of the game, the NFL decided to wait until halftime.

    Got it.

  4. Spoiler alert, most people feel that players knowingly put their bodies at risk in exchange for playing football (as they still do today while knowing all the risks).

    I’m sure the story will be sad, but so are all the other stories in America where a guy works 30 years at a construction job with bone-on-bone arthritis… Or the life long house painter with bad knees and a bad back…

    Many jobs take a toll on the employee… Some are physical and some are mental. Not every job gets fame and lots of money in exchange for the punishments their bodies have been through.

    I have no doubt the movie will be sad and moving, but it probably wont change my mind that the players knew that repeated head and body trauma would likely not be good for their long term health, but they chose that path anyways n

  5. Don’t play football if you are concerned about damaging your brain… If you do play football don’t complain when your done playing and you have brain damage…

  6. Hey NFL! There was a real easy way to avoid all of this concussion related publicity. All you had to do is share the data you have been collecting for over 40 years on the effects of concussions on players. Then, all of this speculation would be gone.

    Of course, then Will Smith would make a movie about how you have been lying to the players for almost half a century and have treated them like like your personal toy robots just so you could put money in your pockets.

    . . . . Oops, never mind.

  7. Duh!!!

    Lots of fake science articles – Steelers quack Joe Maroon got caught again yesterday.

    Giants co-owner Steve Tisch had the film rewritten.

    The NFL has it set-up so it can throw a few doctors under the bus (I am sure coupled w/ fat payoffs). Rog is the new sheriff in town and saved the day.

    Harvard & the Congress of Neurological Surgery even gave Rog awards for his contributions to concussions, oh I mean, concussion medicine. (Rog buys the best).

    They are already set to co-market the film with PSAs. If you use the right technique you will be fine.

    Perhaps they can have the Seau children standing mute before the camera. Don’t want them saying anything.

  8. Does anyone on here not think that they could do a better job than roger goodell?

    All the negotiations for the concussion. …why?

    If I was in charge I would have pledged 1 billion towards the settlement. Not 785 million and I would have done this right away.

    1 billion is 31 million per owner. Which is also just about 10% of the profit which green bay reported.

    If Goodell can fine people 10% of their salary he can/should do the same for the owners.

  9. No need to ready any response. It is going up against the new Star Wars. Nobody will see it. May as well release it direct to DVD.

  10. The words NFL & plotting go well together.

    As for concussions, the NFL was either slow to promote the medical studies or just didn’t want to know what they might reveal.
    At least the players know about the risks and symptoms now and some are choosing to retire early.
    No more downplaying the risks.
    I expect that the NFL will also someday understand weather and PSI, but like the concussion studies, they will be enlightened only after lots of kicking and screaming.

  11. OK NFL, I’m going to lie to your doctor’s when they try to take me out of the game because I want to play, I’m going to complain about you trying to keep players safe by establishing rules that deter players from targeting the head, which we all should have learned as kids, I’m going to sign my multimillion dollar contract knowing that this is a violent sport and blow it on unnecessary stuff so i can claim bankruptcy at 40 years old….but you better be sure that when I’m done in this league, I’m going to sue you for all my problems and conditions after football.

  12. Roger Goodell makes me embarrassed to call myself a fan of NFL football.

    Since becoming commissioner he has tarnished the shield and is a threat to the integrity of the game

  13. The long term effects of concussion/brain trauma is not as simple as, don’t play football if you’re concerned about brain damage, or the players know what they’re getting into. But you know what, don’t take my word for it, you keep banging that drum 20 years from now when football is no longer played at any level.

  14. Or you can be honest, unlike the NFL, then you dont have to plot or plan anything.

    Or you could do it the NFL way, and hide the research, lie and do everything possible to keep the research from coming out, hire the Ted Wells’ of the world to spin your PR story how you people to perceive, for only the truth to finally leak out , ala Sepp Blatter style, then look like the total scumbags that Goodell and the attorneys and league office gravy trainers are.

  15. Or you can be honest, unlike the NFL, then you dont have to plot or plan anything.

    Or you could do it the NFL way, and hide the research, lie and do everything possible to keep the research from coming out, hire the Ted Wells’ of the world to spin your PR story how you want people to perceive your scam organization, for only the truth to finally leak out , ala Sepp Blatter style, then look like the total scumbags that Goodell and the attorneys and league office gravy trainers are.

  16. I have to mention how sick it made me when I read HOF will not allow Junior Seau’s daughter speak at his HOF induction. I will definitely be in line to see this movie. I love the NFL but that does mean I have to like the corporate side. Please find a way to draw a line between common decency and making a buck. Good god!

  17. Word on street is that NFL films will be producing a moving about air pressure in footballs to try to distract any further discussion on concussions. It will be called “Brady’s Balls”.

  18. There are businesses all over the world that hide safety studies and cut corners. I say we start with the guys that have to work in mines with poor ventilation because they have to eat. Not the millionares that whine because they have a headache because THEY decided to play a violent sport.

  19. Goodell will hand Ted Wells a $25 million budget to investigate and prefabricate damaging information on Will Smith. Goodell will then sit on the fictional Wells Report until the night before the film’s release.
    Will Smith will be subjected to the Brady Treatment. Influential owners will once again pressure Goodell to eviscerate anything that stands in the way of NFL profits.

  20. Just dawned on me … this movie is also going to be an attempt at image rehab for Will Smith. He’s had some box office losers recently. My guess is that he was pitched this movie as a possible Oscar role.

    Baldwin just likes to work – you hand him a script with a check attached and he’ll do anything.

  21. The NFL has nothing to worry about. Goodell is already working with his propaganda agents, Wells and Exponent, on a study that will prove there is absolutely no relationship between football and concussions.

    To deflect attention from the movie and appease his small group of jealous owners, Roger will also suspend Brady for 4 games and dock the Patriots draft picks for their role in the movie. After all, they are located in the same state as Harvard, who did the study that started all this. As such, according to Goodell’s logic, the Pats must have had something to do with it.

  22. With Alec Baldwin involved, we can expect the movie to be agenda biased. Even if it doesn’t have to be.
    Meanwhile, why the assumption it will put the concussion crisis (whatever that is) squarely on the minds of mainstream America?
    Left Behind, with Nicholas Cage or Kirk Cameron, didn’t put the end times squarely on the minds of mainstream America.
    The movies came and went. Let’s see if this movie is any good before saying it will have any effect on mainstream America.

  23. Will Smith is in it, which means nobody will see it unless it is titled Men in Black 4:Concussions

  24. garylanglais says: When it comes to “protecting the shield” in a battle of PR the NFL is very proactive.

    When it comes to an allegation of cheating so severe that it threatens the integrity of the game, the NFL decided to wait until halftime.

    Got it.

    ===========================

    Will Smith should be wary that Grigson, Irsay, Kensil, Goodel, and Troy Vincent will attempt a “sting” of some sort to discredit him

    His punishment – per the demands of the owners – will be to take away a Patriots draft pick

    Goodell, as their puppet, will have no choice but to comply

  25. I think the nitwit Weiss is out and the league will go directly to Exponent. Famous for showing us that second hand smoke, asbestos, toxic waste in the jungle, Toyota’s acceleration oopses are all good guys once you get to know them, and in no time, we’ll all be ordering concussion engines for the home from Amazon.com.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  26. You ll have a lot of veterans retire after they see this movie. I believe all those guys in San Fran watched some of those netflix specials together on concussions and it spooked them

  27. isnt this all kind of a “DUHH” moment?? “you mean smashing our heads together running both at full speed might hurt our brains??” come on man.

  28. The NFL is focussed on far more troubling issues
    DEFLATED FOOTBALLS, they decided at the owners meeting, next year’s trivial drama to distract attention away from concussions. SHOELACES, thats right SHOELACES. Why do you think they have these owners meetings anyway. We’ll fall for anything, we’re just a bunch of idiots.

  29. Someone in the film industry must be from Pennsylvania, because the Eagles and Steelers sure do get a lot of air time in movies…
    For that reason, I won’t watch this movie.

  30. The NFL already knows what to do.

    Hire Ted Wells to hire Exponent to prove that the NFL “was not generally aware” that high-speed helmeted head collisions could possibly mess up someone’s brain.

    They already know tons of people will take it as gospel since it’s the same group that obviously did meticulous science to prove the balls were deflated.

  31. kd75 says:Jul 25, 2015 11:49 AM

    No need to ready any response. It is going up against the new Star Wars. Nobody will see it. May as well release it direct to DVD.
    *****************************************
    Good point! Besides, who wants to see something depressing like that durring the holiday season?

  32. Considering Star Wars comes out the same time… No one will see it. You can breathe now Roger…

  33. To be certain, call the NFL’s posturing against concussions for decades what it was – Greed. The NFL and its owners knew that once any player knows that by playing the game he’s putting his life at risk players would have demanded higher salaries. Read less money available for greedy billionaires. Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s entire tenure was spent fighting against medical science reports about NFL football and CTE brain injuries. The historical record is there. View the full length Frontline documentary titled “League of denial.”

  34. And if we all hide under the bed, we might get to live forever!! Life is hard and many times dangerous, then we die…..A brave man, but once…We have become a nation of whiners….Good thing the WW2 vets are for the most part gone on….they would be mortified by the spineless, mouthy populace we have become…

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