The big news of the past month for the NFL has been the approval of the move of the Cleveland Rams aka Los Angeles Rams aka St. Louis Rams back to Los Angeles and the reinstatement of the LA Rams’ name. With a new multi-billion-dollar stadium set to rise from the ashes of Hollywood Park in the suburb of Inglewood, football-deprived fans have forced millions of dollars into the hands of Walmart billionaire Stan Kroenke, who also happens to own the Rams, for the privilege of occupying seats in the decrepit LA Coliseum for the three years until his monument to opulence, greed and human suffering is completed.
The new stadium, dubbed “NFL Disney World” will be the most expensive sports facility ever built in the entire world, and seating 80,000, will be part of a 300-acre development costing close to $3 BILLION.
Chump change for Kroenke (and the investors who will actually pay for the stadium), who has a net worth somewhere above $7 Billion, and the non-profit NFL who alone (apart from the billions raked in yearly by each individual team owner) actually takes in enough to easily pay its sinister, evil, money-grubbing scum of a commissioner Roger Goodell in excess of $44 Million per year in salary and those bonuses he earns by keeping the league’s fans from 1) knowing the sport’s evil truth, and/or 2) keeping the fans from caring about the sport’s evil truth.
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|Number two is more the true state of affairs, as news stories have reported the ongoing health crisis among NFL players for years now, and the sad and unfortunate facts is, that, in great part due to NFL public relations and the basic excitement of the game itself, in today’s society people just do not care, do not care that that game itself is destroying the lives of its players, and eventually killing them.|
I’ve written much in the past about how the NFL spent millions of dollars to lobby California legislators to change the state’s Workers’ Compensation laws to prevent injured and disabled NFL players and ex-players from bringing disability claims for their injuries, and how a proposed settlement that would have paid out funds to players suffering the long-term effects of concussions was woefully insufficient to cover medical and living costs for the vast number of players who are now suffering in the throws of debilitating and painful permanent head injuries. But that just scratches the surface.
Back in 2012 when former star player Junior Seau committed suicide and it was later revealed that his death was directly related to Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repetitive brain trauma, including sub-concussive hits to the head that do not cause immediate symptoms, it was basically brushed off by NFL fans as a singular tragedy, as they went on rooting for their favorite teams and favorite players.
Not as much was said in 2015 when 84-year-old Hall-of-Famer and popular announcer Frank Gifford died, despite it being revealed by his family that he too suffered from CTE and that he suffered debilitating symptoms though his last years.
Now, something that should be much more noteworthy has occurred. Seau died at the ripe old age of 43 after a lengthy career and Gifford died in his mid-eighties, but last September, former New York Giants linebacker Tyler Sash, who played only 23 games over only two seasons in the NFL, died at the age of 27 of an accidental overdoes of painkillers. That a 27-year-old former professional athlete needed such high doses of painkillers should have sent out a red flag, and in fact his family donated his brain to Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation for examination.
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|Their findings were just released, and they are frightening. Not only was Sash found to have been suffering the effects of CTE, but investigators determined that his CTE was at an advanced level seldom if ever seen in a person of his age. In fact, they determined that his CTE level to be at the same stage as the 43-year-old Seau, who had played 20 seasons in the NFL.
The New York Times reported that Sash had
But CTE and its related symptomatology are only a part of the problem. Take the case of Antwaan Randle El.
Randle El is 36 years old and he played nine seasons in the NFL, through the 2010 season. A few days ago ESPN.com posted an article about him, and how at his young age, he can barely climb down a flight of stairs. “I have to come down sideways sometimes, depending on the day,” he’s quoted as saying. He described his pain as affecting his feet. ankles, and knees, and not life-threatening, though life-changing. But yet, he has also stated, as reflected in a Washington Post article, that his wife has to tell him things over and over, and yet he still does not remember.
His words of wisdom were that a professional career as a football player was not a wise choice to make. He said had he to do it over again, he would have played baseball.
Back in the days of the Los Angeles Raiders, one of the teams best and most popular players, Lyle Alzado, died at 43 of brain cancer, and his long term use of anabolic steroids was directly related to the the development of that disease. Anabolic steroid use was uncontrolled, rampant and widely known to exist throughout the NFL at the time. It had to become an epidemic and directly related to one or more deaths for something to be done. There is another and significantly more widespread epidemic affecting every player who puts on an NFL uniform, but the league, the owners, the commissioner, do not care.