Foot­ball par­ents will likely face abuse charges, doc­tor pre­dicts

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The physi­cian cred­ited with dis­cov­er­ing Chronic Trau­matic En­cephalopa­thy (CTE) in Amer­i­can foot­ball play­ers said that any­one who lets chil­dren play foot­ball could be held ac­count­able for abuse.

“Some­day there will be a dis­trict at­tor­ney who will pros­e­cute for child abuse [on the foot­ball field], and it will suc­ceed,” said Dr. Ben­net Omalu at a New York Press Club talk, Sports Il­lus­trated re­ported.

His re­marks come shortly af­ter a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion found that 110 out of 111 Na­tional Foot­ball League play­ers had ev­i­dence of CTE when their brains were ex­am­ined post­mortem.

Dr. Omalu’s life was dra­ma­tized in the Will Smith movie “Con­cus­sion.”

The Na­tional Foot­ball League said it’s taken steps to pro­mote a safer game, but it’s not enough, the doc­tor said.

“There is noth­ing the league can do. The league is a cor­po­ra­tion,” Dr. Omalu said, ac­cord­ing to Sports Il­lus­trated. “What do cor­po­ra­tions do? Make money. They’re not there to pro­vide health care or per­form re­search ... They’re sell­ing prod­uct.”

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