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President Obama Wouldn’t Allow His Son to Play in the NFL

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It’s going to be a great day of football in the NFL as the Patriots face the Broncos and the 49ers face the Seahawks for the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. Millions of kids across America will tune in dreaming that one day they will play in the big game. If President Obama had a son though, that dream would be squashed. According to The Hill, the President wouldn’t allow his son to play.

President Obama said that he believed NFL players “know what they’re doing” and understood the impact that concussions could have on their long-term health in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday, adding that he would not let his son play pro football.
“At this point, there’s a little bit of caveat emptor,” Obama said. “These guys, they know what they’re doing. They know what they’re buying into. It is no longer a secret. It’s sort of the feeling I have about smokers, you know?”

In August, the NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the league by former players. The league did not admit any liability or that brain injuries were the result of playing football, but the money will be split among former players and medical researchers. A federal judge has not yet approved the deal.

Existing research has shown that repeated concussions can be associated with memory loss and behavioral changes. They’re also linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease.

The president made the comments while speaking aboard Air Force One with David Remnick, the magazine’s editor and a former sportswriter for The Washington Post.

Obama said that while the risks were understood, if he had a son, he would not allow him to play professional football.

“I would not let my son play pro football,” he said. “But, I mean, you wrote a lot about boxing, right? We’re sort of in the same realm.”

At least the President understands that players now know what they are getting themselves into. Many jobs come with risks and President Obama is just the latest parent lining up taking an anti-football stance. Remember though, these players make millions of dollars. They are paid well and the NFL is trying to make the game safer.

I have to admit though, I’m not that surprised that the President wouldn’t allow his fictional son to play football. It’s 2014 and being manly in America isn’t very popular these days.

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