Julian Bailes dubs Concussion film “accurate”

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Although internal Sony emails regarding changes to the upcoming film Concussion were recently characterized as cowering to the NFL, the truth is that they were concerned that the movie would be telling the truth, for credibility and liability reasons. One of the key characters in the film says that Concussion is indeed truthful.

The movie is accurate,” Dr. Julian Bailes told Hoppy Kercheval of West Virginia MetroNews’ Talkline on Friday. “They say some things that I don’t recall saying by my character and some minor things but, basically, the facts and timeline are absolutely correct.”

Bailes, played in the film by Alec Baldwin, worked with Dr. Bennet Omalu to persuade the NFL to acknowledge the existence of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy and its link to repetitive brain injuries resulting from playing football. At the time, Bailes chaired the Department of Neurosurgery at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

“I think it will reach a much broader audience and let people see for themselves what we went through, what the emerging science was and, in the end, realize that the science, thankfully, did prevail,” Bailes said regarding the film.

On the surface, the assessment from Bailes could make the NFL even more concerned about Concussion. But to the extent that the league worries that CTE fears will cause the supply of future NFL players to dwindle, Bailes has an encouraging assessment.

“This is like smoking so many packs of cigarettes. I think it is the exposure through the years and I think it’s primarily ones that have played many, many years,” Bailes said. “I think [CTE is] a very low risk [for college football players]. I think there have only been a small handful reported, found at autopsy to have these changes and, I think, the real risk is not in high school or college or youth.”

That nuance may get lost in the broader strokes of Concussion, which presumably doesn’t devote many frames to telling John and Jane Doe that little Jimmy Doe won’t get CTE from playing high-school football. But for a league that once didn’t want to hear what folks like Julian Bailes and Bennet Omalu had to say, this is one sound bite the NFL should embrace.

23 responses to “Julian Bailes dubs Concussion film “accurate”

  1. Concussions are part of the game and will never go away. Any player who sues the NFL for concussion related symptoms after their career is over, is a MORON. I’d say let them collect their compensation only if they agree to get the word MORON tattooed on their foreheads. Each and every player knows what risks they’re taking when strapping in the pads and helmet. The chances you take to make the millions & being famous.

  2. floratiotime says:
    Nov 14, 2015 9:06 AM

    I think concussions are basically the fault of whoever has enough money to be sued.
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    That’s a litigation attorney’s definition.

  3. sg419 says:
    Nov 14, 2015 9:27 AM

    I predict this movie will bomb
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    I have found that all movies the media covers so heavily suck if you go to see them.

  4. NFL will be exposed for the money hungry ingrates they are. Back in the day when Shula was demanding players to take pain killers, playing them when they were hurt and suggesting they need to get stronger inferring to use steroids has gotten us players in their later years killing themselves, Lou Gehrig disease, depression, crippled legs etc. safety must be improved and the meat on a hook mentality must stop.

  5. Ten years from now, football as we currently know it — at all levels, will be on the brink of extinction. In its place, a watered-down, flag-wearing shell of what exists today will struggle to survive, and fail.

  6. Watch “League of Denial” on YouTube!
    You will see how corrupt Goodell is, he was a tool of
    the previous Commissioner, and doesn’t care for his players health!
    How they tried to cover up Brain injury, and tried to
    ruin the Dr that found the truth, they used Money and influence to try to keep it quiet! A MUST SEE!

  7. Bradshaw, Staubach, Stabler (RIP) just to name a few are guys I watched get concussed and come back into the same game. Have even seen them get concussed multiple times in a single game. Only to come back the very next week and play.

    No concussion protocol’s back then. Players/quarterbacks were allowed to be hit in the head. And these guys all did fine mentally into their old ages.

    Sure there is evidence of some players not recovering as well as the three listed. But this is the game they signed up for. Boxing, MMA, the military and even club bouncers all know the risks going into their professions. The men who choose these fields are warriors. Outliers in our society.

    The last thing we need are guys sitting at home on their couches, making movies etc telling us how dangerous the game is and setting the rules.

    Stop turning this game into a game where men play in skirts.

  8. Smith and Baldwin…..no thanks.
    “They say some things that I don’t recall saying by my character and some minor things but, basically, the facts and timeline are absolutely correct.”
    Sounds like they played fast and loose with the facts and story like every Hollywood “true” story has.

  9. “The movie is accurate,” Dr. Julian Bailes told Hoppy Kercheval of West Virginia MetroNews’ Talkline on Friday.

    “This is like smoking so many packs of cigarettes. *I think* it is the exposure through the years and *I think* it’s primarily ones that have played many, many years,” Bailes said. “*I think* [CTE is] a very low risk [for college football players]. *I think* there have only been a small handful reported, found at autopsy to have these changes and, *I think*, the real risk is not in high school or college or youth.”

    Notice all the “I think” by Dr Bailes? Well I think Dr Bailes is full of …

  10. Does the movie have anything about Roger Staubach retiring back in 1980 because he knew his concussions could have long term effects?

  11. So the guy who probably got paid a boat load of money to lend his name and story to the movie thinks it’s not bad. Very surprising.

  12. sigbouncer
    It wont be about the NFL “turning this game into a game where men play in skirts.” It will be about the mothers and fathers discouraging their young sons from playing the game in the first place. Where is the talent then going to come from? What will the college ranks look like? Will THEY be the same? Will the game look elsewhere for talent and where will that talent come from? How interested will you be in your team when 60% percent of them are Haitian, Mexican, Nigerian, etc, and the rest of them have never even seen a college campus before? Are YOU still going to be comfortable spending the same amounts of money you’re accustomed to so you can watch Mgumbo Obcabababo do a tribal dance in the end zone?

  13. Next up, REDSKINS. The story of how the evil NFL profited from a racist nickname.

    That will generate even less money.

  14. Let me break it down for the mentally challenged on here because as usual you miss the entire point.

    The point was the NFL hid & blatantly lied about the long-term health risks associated with concussions and tried to deny that CTE was real.

    The NFL is a scumbag organization, with a scumbag Commissioner and scumbag owners.

    That’s what will destroy the sport and cause athletes to pursue other sports like baseball and basketball.

  15. Thank you @Cavs2016NBAWorldChampions!!! Thank you, thank you! Totally agree. No one is denying the risk of ALL contact sports! It’s the fact that Rozelle ,Tagliabue and Goodell did what owners paid them to do…lie about the risks then deny the long term effects of brain injuries! They didn’t or weren’t willing to implement PRE-cautionary or POST- cautionary care for the players! I realized the risk of football over 30 years ago with the injury to Nick Buoniconti’s son but I still loved football! So if I knew it the high and mighty muckety- mucks knew it too! Why do people come to the defense of the NFL when the league is just a human meat Mill that don’t even have guaranteed contracts!?!?!?

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