President Obama questions safety of football

In 1905, 18 college and amateur players died while playing football President Theodore Roosevelt almost outlawed the sport. Today, President Barack Obama made a statement questioning football’s safety again.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Obama is quoted in an upcoming article in the New Republic unease about the number of concussions football players are suffering each year. He is expressed specific concern over the collegiate players lack of representation compared to NFL players and said he would like to see the NCAA about that.

The NFL has taken measures to help by donating $30 million to the Nation Institutes of Health for research on the connection between brain injuries and long-term disorders, according to the New York Times.

Obama said in an interview if he had a son, he would have to “think long and hard before I let him play football” but he admitted the sport will have to undertake gradual changes to reduce the dangers inherent with playing it, CNN is reporting.

 

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