Obama Says Football Needs To Become Less Violent


obama-with-footballPresident Barack Obama said he loves football but thinks the sport should “probably change gradually” so that there are fewer concussions, particularly at the college level.

“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” Obama said in a wide-ranging interview with The New Republic magazine published early on Sunday on its website.

Football is America’s most popular televised sport, an industry worth $9 billion a year. But in recent years, suicides by brain-injured players and lawsuits from their families have raised concerns about the impact of repeated concussions.

In the interview, Obama was asked how he squares his love of the game with rising awareness of the impact of repeated head injuries on football players.

“I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence,” Obama said.

“In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much,” Obama said.

Obama said he is “more worried about college players” than those in the National Football League who he noted are represented by a union and are “well-compensated” for the hits they take.

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  1. President Theodore Roosevelt intervened to force rules changes to football over a century ago in the interest of saving lives. Kudos to President Obama for putting his own prestige behind this problem today.

  2. we’ve got Iran on the verge of blowing up the World, we’ve got a debt so high that the entire income of every American couldn’t pay it back in a year, we’ve got Syria on the verge of becoming the next Iran, we’ve got an unemployment rate that’s rising by the second with people who can’t afford to put food on their tables, we’ve got a fiscal cliff we just went over, we’ve got gas prices which at the rate we’re going have no reason to go down, we’ve got an Al-Queida terrorist attack that we’re currently dealing with, but no, let’s throw all of these worries aside because we have this major football issue that we have to deal with which is much more important. This issue is much more important than anything else.
    #oh sorry i forgot. all of these problems before happened bc of a youtube video