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Tim Hyland

Obama: Football Needs to Confront Concussion Issue

By January 27, 2013

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Football has a concussion problem.

And now even the President is talking about it.

In an interview scheduled to run in The New Republic on Feb. 11, President Obama said that, if he had a son, he's not sure he'd let him play football. Obama, who says he does consider himself a fan of the sport, said the risks--specifically, the risks of concussions and brain injuries--simply seem too great.

He also said that football fans will eventually have to accept the fact that the game will need to be fundamentally changed if it is to survive in the long term. These changes may make the game less exciting, Obama admitted, but once they're made, "those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much."

Obama noted that he was particularly concerned about players at the college level, because they don't have a union to project their interests.

Said Obama: "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."

Hear that, Mark Emmert? Might be something you want to get moving on, once you finish up, you know, that investigation into your own investigation.

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