The nfl released today the following response by joe lockhart, nfl executive vice president communications, to the new york times. In a book, an exnfl player details consequences of concussions. I picked up this book as research for the book im writing on traumatic brain injuries. To write his new book the big game, new york times political reporter mark leibovich spent four years among profootball owners and players.
The nfl, concussions and the battle for truth is an essential read for anyone who cares about football in america or is interested in the intersection of sport and health. After years of denial by the national football league, a ranking league official has conceded what brain dissections of nearly 100 deceased football players have revealed a direct link between concussions on the field and degenerative brain disease. A guide to living with the challenges associated with post concussion syndrome and brain trauma. You dont have to be a football fan to appreciate and be moved by league of denial. Boston cbs on thursday morning, the new york times dropped a semibombshell on the nfl with a story about how the league cooked the books, so to speak, when it came to reporting concussions. Utecht, then with the indianapolis colts, held his head after he was hit in a game against the houston texans in 2006. New york times bestseller now a major motion picture starring will smith, concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of dr.
I was not expecting to be so moved by chriss story and infuriated by all the work the nfl did at denying and hiding the concussion crisis. Steps taken to improve nfl concussion protocol, more will be needed the san diego union. Recently he has taken a close look at the new york times and alan schwarz as it relates to concussions. Concussions, trump, and the nfls biggest dangers to. Nfl statement on new york times story nfl communications. Truth is hard new york times ad takes on nfl and concussions. Take everything youve heard from scientists, the medical community. Waters suffered multiple concussions during his nfl. Concussion the story is credible and speaks well to the issue of profit over quality of life for athletes and their families. Nowinski had written a book on the subject, and approached.
The book is an expansion of laskas article, game brain, that she wrote for gq in 2009. Few people realize that most nfl players are suffering multiple concussions during their career, and shocking new studies reveal that these players suffer higher rates of depression, cognitive disorders, and alzheimers disease. So concluded the national football league in a december 2005 scientific paper on concussions in americas most popular sport. But he cant remember singing at his close friends wedding. His version, told by laskas of the events, the unravelingleading up to, and the subsequent fallout after his astonishing discovery of cte.
Much of the nfls concussion debate has been covered in the mainstream press, but league of denial fills in so. With his colleague lance williams, he coauthored the new york times. Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, concussion is the stirring true story of one unlikely mans courageous decision to stand up to a multibilliondollar colossus bent on silencing him, and to tell the world the truth. After boogaards death, bettman was asked by the new york times about a. Jeanne marie laskas is the author of seven books, including concussion, hidden america, and the exact same moon. Nfl response to new york times concussion research story nfl. The newest ad in the new york times awardwinning truth is hard campaign chronicles the story of nfl football and the longterm. I respect wholly the persistence of dr omalu and his principles in going forward with disclosure against the wishes of many. Comprehensively, and for the first time, awardwinning espn investigative reporters mark fainaruwada and steve fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that.
Former nfl running back and espn analyst merril hoge has penned a book where he promises to present the other side of the concussion and cte conversation. The most damning quotes from league of denial, the nfl. The nfl and the new york times are engaging in a war of words. The nfl and the new york times are engaging in a war of words over concussion story. The following is the nfl s statement regarding thursdays story in the new york times that investigated concussion research by the nfl and. News about head injuries in football, including commentary and archival articles published in the new york times. The nfl tried to intimidate scientists studying the link. Whats new in the new york times big, frontpage story on the nfl. It took several tries before coauthor merril hoge, a former nfl player and espn analyst, mentioned the headlinesthe new york times concussion legacy foundationboston university. Hoge also talked about his history with concussions on nfl countdown in 2009.
Merril hoge has coauthored an anticte book, and many nfl. Schwarzs series put concussions on the front burner of football debateto the point where in. League of denial quotes showing 111 of 11 a man will not believe something that his livelihood depends on his not believing. In 2003, a committee established by the national football league began. Music movies tv comedy games books drink politics travel tech. Bennet ifeakandu omalu born september 30, 1968 is a nigerian american physician, forensic pathologist, and neuropathologist who was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy cte in american football players while working at the allegheny county coroners office in pittsburgh. By retiring at 28, at the apex of a career defined by consistent excellence as much as repeated concussions, kuechly joined the former indianapolis colts quarterback andrew luck and. John urschel, a former nfl player with the ravens, talks about his new book. The book is must reading for fans, coaches and players at all levels, and parents. League of denial is a 20 book, initially broadcast as a documentary film, about traumatic brain injury in the national football league nfl, particularly concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy cte. Nfl statement on new york times concussion research story.
League of denial and millions of other books are available for instant access. Nfl accuses new york times of sensationalizing concussion. Nfl players were diagnosed with more concussions in 2017 than in any season since the league began sharing the data in 2012, according information released friday afternoon. Americas leading expert on how to protect young athletes and keep sports safe. In espn the magazine, an excerpt from league of denial reveals the moment the nfl realized it could no longer ignore the concussion science it had spent years trying to dismiss. League of denial reveals how the nfl, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage. The nfl released today the following response by joe lockhart, nfl executive vice president communications, to the new york times story regarding concussion research.
The headsup on sport concussion is a concise introductory book on sport concussion for professionals who work with athletes. Alan schwarz born july 3, 1968 is a pulitzer prizenominated writer and author, formerly at the new york times. The book is engaging from start to finish, a david and goliath story about a humble man from a small village in africa who not only became a brilliant pathologist but also had the gumption to go oneonone with the nfl and. Her writing has appeared in gq, esquire, the new york times magazine, o. The nfl, concussions and the battle for truth, written by brothers mark fainaruwada and steve fainaru. New york times bestseller the riveting, unlikely story of dr. The nfl tried to intimidate scientists studying the link between pro football and traumatic brain injury published oct 11, 2017 rather than honestly deal with its burgeoning concussion problem, the national football league went after the reputation of the first doctor to link the sport to the degenerative brain disease he named chronic. League of denial the nfl, concussions, and the battle for truth. Steps taken to improve nfl concussion protocol, more will. In 2004, schwarz published his first book, the numbers game.
Read excerpts from the book in the atlantic and the wall street journal. How data analysis exposed the nfls coverup of concussions to nyt. Coping with concussion and mild traumatic brain injury. League of denial by mark fainaruwada, steve fainaru. Nfl response to new york times concussion research story. The nfl, concussions and the battle for truth, written by investigative reporters mark fainaruwada and steve fainaru, the nfl. Book details concussion damage in the nfl research shows that late nfl football player andre waters had brain damage. Indicting the nfl for football players concussions, and the breastfeeding lobby for guilttripping women 12015 08. As a former football player both in high school and for harvard university, nowinski knows just how common these injuries are. The reality of how often it happens and the seriousness of not just short term effects, but long term as well are frightening. In the wake of recent highprofile incidents, the nfl s concussion protocol has undergone some changes.
An extraordinary man, an up close and personal story. Former nfl tight end ben utecht still remembers what its like to play in front of a crowd of 70,000. Laskas serves as director of the writing program at the university of pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing, and she lives on a horse farm in. Many people who depend on the nfl find merril hoges cte. Former new york times journalist alan schwarz talked to techworld about how data. The focus of this book is on football players and head concussions. Merril hoge has coauthored an anticte book, and many nfl pundits are rushing to promote it for some stupid reason.
League of denial blows the lid off the conspiracy to cover up the longterm consequences of concussions in the nfl. Pulitzer nominee reveals how data exposed nfl concussion. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the nfl. Alan schwarz born july 3, 1968 is a pulitzer prizenominated writer and author, formerly at the new york times, best known for writing more than 100 articles that exposed the seriousness of concussions in sports and brought the issue to worldwide attention. Concussion, is brilliantly writtenan inside view and compelling journey of thirtyfour yearold dr. Merril hoge, coauthor of new book are way off target in. Todays new york times story on the national football league is. The new york times said the program doesnt give the league much credit. Tagliabues missteps on concussions dont impede entry to hall of fame. He later became the chief medical examiner for san joaquin county, california. The documentary is based on the book league of denial. Bennet omalu, the pathologist who first identified cte in professional football. I dont think the category of concussion books is going to end because theres still a lot of interest in it. Footballs concussion crisis from the nfl to youth leagues.1096 93 235 952 952 492 1554 77 1250 1069 1411 1112 537 476 304 155 598 1405 1035 395 356 586 1123 101 1406 1296 1548 583 630 1060 604 1028 100 1362 240 684 1333 658 1386 544 964 459 353 271 166 915