President Obama Speaks on Football Safety, NCAA

obama-footballPresident Obama, in an interview with Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes of New Republic, discussed the issue of player safety in football.  The President stated that, if he had a son, he’d have to “think long and hard before I let him play football.” 

The comment has attracted much attention, and varied reactions, during this Super Bowl week.  San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that he would let his son play football, while Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard opined that the NFL would not exist in 3o years.

As significant as Obama’s statement was, his comments distinguishing the NFL from the NCAA were arguably more interesting:

I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies. You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about.

Click here to read the interview in its entirety.

Of course, the NCAA has been forced to think about this issue due to the class action filed on behalf of former college players suffering from the effects of concussions.  Notwithstanding this lawsuit, what do you think the NCAA should do?  Create a trust for former players suffering from injuries?  Provide medical care for these players?  Or do the players assume the risk when they step on the field?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 947 other followers

%d bloggers like this: