WESTBOROUGH, MA March 15, 2016 In a published article headlining the BBC web pages the NFL has acknowledged that a link exists between repeated concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy – a deadly brain disease resulting in depression, memory loss, and erratic behavior. Only 50 days ago the NFL’s hired “expert” Mitch Berger, M.D., a neurosurgeon claimed that no link had been established between hits in football and the chronic brain disease leading to death.
This is the first time the NFL has acknowledged that such a link exists. Why are they now acknowledging what science has accepted years ago?
In Boston, neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee unequivocally states that a correlation between concussive and subconcussive blows to the head has resulted in CTE in 90 of 94 brains she has examined – all from NFL players who have died and donated their brains to the Boston University Brain Bank. “The Boston Globe features this story as well today” according to Michael Sefton, Ph.D. “I have heard Dr. McKee and her colleagues report these findings since they examined the first series of brains including the brain of former N.E. Patriot Junior Seau who committed suicide shortly after his retirement from football.” The link has been well established for over 5 years but denied by NFL medical experts and league president Roger Goodell. The NFL Player’s Association sued Goodell and the NFL for hiding the dangers associated with concussion in 2014. The major motion picture Concussion starring Will Smith as real life physician Bennet Omalu was overlooked for an Oscar nomination in 2015. Nevertheless, the movie brought many of the NFL’s secrets about concussion out for all to see.
This link will take the reader to the BBC report.