Football parents will likely face abuse charges, doctor predicts
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.”