• by: Jon Nelson/@osgnelson

Plausible Deniability And CTE…Sigh....

I have a book on my nightstand… (I know you’re shocked… “The guy actually READS!”)

It’s the Ken Dryden book on the death of Steve Montador: “Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey.”

Dryden penned a piece in the Washington Post (and, yes, it’s your required reading for the day) and it’s a sad, unsurprising, display of how things are in major sports these days.

Big businesses will keep their heads in the sand until a moment that’s too late for them to react in a sound manner for the benefits of both the business itself and for those who are either employed by or enjoy alongside the day-to-day activities of said business.

The commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, has decided that his public stance through deposition is that CTE is the medical version of a Snufflefegus...

“You’ve seen all the research and the data,” Bettman said, responding to an opposing lawyer during his July 2015 examination, which lasted several hours. “There’s no medical or scientific certainty that concussions lead to CTE.”

And later in the Dryden piece, Bettman doubled down:

“I think the sample has been too small,” Bettman said when asked about the players who died. “I would respectfully suggest that, as tragic and as unfortunate as it is, there isn’t even enough circumstantial evidence to draw any conclusions.” Asked whether he had ever spoken to family members of these players about symptoms they had exhibited before their deaths, he replied: “I don’t believe so.”

So, the Belak, Probert, Boogaard, and Montador families are wrong…???

Gotcha…

Understand… Bettman HAS to say this as the front-man for his owners to stay employed. His stance is purposely ill-informed so he can have deniability in the face of the concussion lawsuit his league is facing.

I get it… It’s totally wrong… But I get it…

But when two owners, in those same depositions, say with a straight face that they don’t know what CTE is I have one question: Why would (and should) ANY player these days even want to play in those cities if your owner won’t have your back if you suffer an injury…?

By the way… they’re in Boston and Los Angeles if you want to set your compass and contract demands.

Ask Tyler Hilinski’s family about what CTE means to college football…

Oh, wait… The “Today Show” did… thanks to our friends at NBC:

21-year-old kid, college quarterback, Stage I CTE and the brain with a tau protein that tagged him as a 65-year-old…

We all wait for this moment, but I have the distinct feeling it will come too late…

Thanks to our friends at PBS…

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