Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NFL says 'trust us' on staph infections

Despite three Tampa Bay Buccaneers players being diagnosed with MRSA, both the NFL and NFL Players association have come together to say, "Don't worry guys, it's safe to play. Trust us."

NFL says 'trust us' on staph infections

Despite three Tampa Bay Buccaneers players being diagnosed with MRSA, both the NFL and NFL Players association have come together to say, "Don't worry guys, it's safe to play. Trust us."

After revelations that the NFL may have helped suppress research about the lingering effects of concussions, if I were a player, I'd take their assurances with a grain of salt.

To this day, the NFL refuses to acknowledges the link between brain damage and the crushing blows to the head players receive play after play. Refusing to speak to PBS for what became their "League of Denial" documentary, and allegedly pressuring ESPN not to air it, doesn't help their case much.

We all know the reason why - money. Lots and lots of money. The league earned $9 billion dollars in 2012 (while enjoying a special tax-exempt status), and the threat the league potentially faces was struck home in the film by Dr. Bennett Omalu, known in some circles as the "brain seeker" after preserving former Steelers offensive lineman Mike Webster's brain for study.

"Bennett, do you know the implications of what you're doing?" an NFL doctor reportedly asked Dr. Omalu during a secret meeting, trying to pressure him to end his study of brain damage in football players.

"If 10 percent of mothers in this country would begin to perceive football as a dangerous sport, that is the end of football."

So don't worry guys, the NFL says there's no threat of MRSA, so there's no threat. I might bring some extra hand sanitizer, just in case.

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