NFL Machine: Propaganda & False Narratives Part I

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For the young players in last week’s 2024 NFL Draft, it was full of excitement and hope, the promise of a boyhood dream on the cusp of being fulfilled, a literal lifetime of sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears finally culminating in the dream of playing in the NFL, walking across that stage, shaking Roger Goodell’s hand, putting on that team jersey with their name on the back and putting on their team hat, smiling for the cameras, their childhood dream coming true…

The fact of the matter is, a lot of these same men once they have exited the league, the majority of whom will do so within 3 years, and even the Pro Bowlers who play an average of 12 seasons, may not be smiling in 10 to 15 years after their playing career is over

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Examining the Handling of Injuries and Pain in the NFL

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Sports have always captivated our imaginations, serving as a thrilling display of human athleticism, skill, and determination. However, beneath the surface of this seemingly glamorous world lies a dark side that demands our attention – the issue of player safety, and the handling of pain and injuries.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on NFL Disability

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NFL Disability has been in the news quite a bit over the last week or so, and I’ve had a lot of questions come my way which I’ll try to address here.

The questions at the top of everyone’s list relate to a new disability class action lawsuit filed by Chris Seeger and a few other firms. Here’s some background you should be aware of before delving into the lawsuit itself since much of it is derived from another lawsuit filed by Michael Cloud.

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Lawsuit Highlights Lack of Concussion Care in Women’s Soccer

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A new lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas alleges that former Baylor women’s soccer head coach Paul Jobson forced players to go through repeated header drills using a ball machine and as a result of that abuse the plaintiff, Eva Mitchell, has suffered brain injuries traumatic enough that for the past 18 months she has been unable to function independently.

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Real Sports Podcast Lays Bare How Washington Commanders Staff Terrorized Women On The Job

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As a Congressional inquiry into the workplace culture of the Washington Commanders NFL franchise continues, more information is coming out about the abuse and harassment women endured on the job under the franchise’s current regime. The Real Sports Podcast is one such avenue that victims have used to share their horrific stories.

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Montador Estate Renews Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against NHL

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The National Hockey League might have gotten off easy with the majority of the class that took part in a concussion lawsuit settlement in 2018, but the estate of one former player is holding out for a potential day in court. After securing a preliminary victory in federal court when Judge John Z. Lee ruled the executor of the late Steve Montador’s estate, his father Paul Montador, can proceed with a claim against the NHL in the state of Illinois, the estate has done exactly that.

On Oct. 25, the Montador estate filed its complaint with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill. It demands a trial by jury and alleges four counts against the league and its Board of Governors.

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A Case For Josh Gordon, The Man

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Josh Gordon successfully applied for reinstatement in the NFL as the 2021 season got underway and is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. While he awaited a decision from Roger Goodell, fantasy team owners  got excited again at the prospect of seeing him back on the field and watching him put up the big numbers we have grown accustomed to. Fans and talking heads alike also got to speculate on air and on social media about how long he would be able to stay on the field this time. 

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Protect your mentals and your chickens

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Naomi Osaka making the decision not to talk to the press after games, during the Roland Garros tournament, citing her mental health as one of the reasons, started a conversation that I hoped would get us closer to what we have pretended to do in recent years: acknowledge the humanity of athletes regardless of their fame, success, and get real about the role we play in making those spaces unsafe for them. It didn’t. Instead, it showed me how far we still have to go and how far off target we are when directing our displeasure. 

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Two Reputable NFL Player Brain Studies Getting Underway

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I always advise caution when former players ask me if I think they should participate in this study or that, and I usually say, “NO.”  The reason for that is that most of the studies I’ve been asked about were either sponsored or funded by NFL and/or NFLPA.  I think of this similar to a Miranda violation with no warning where your data will most likely be manipulated and used against you and others.

That said, there are a few reputable studies that I’d encourage participation in.  I have great regard and admiration for the work that Boston University and Concussion Legacy Foundation have done in advancing our knowledge of CTE, and how it relates to football exposure.  Two new studies are getting underway; one by BU and the other by Johns Hopkins, endorsed by Concussion Legacy Foundation.

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A BLACK BRAIN IS WORTH 1/3 OF A WHITE BRAIN: A RACIST SETTLEMENT?

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How can any message the NFL sends on social injustice be taken seriously when they endorse a policy in the Concussion Settlement that presumes African Americans are inferior to Caucasians? A recent study done by a law firm indicates that 3.4 TIMES as many African American players might qualify for an award if race norming [the inclusion of race in score calculations for Level 1.5 and 2.0 claims] was removed from the Settlement.

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