Jerry Jones said that it’s ‘absurd’ to link CTE and football – For The Win

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t buying that football is linked to head trauma and brain disease like CTE. In fact, he thinks that it’s absurd to relate the two.


One week after NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller told a congressional roundtable that football should be linked to CTE, Jones fired back to reporters at the owners’ meetings in Florida.

He said via the Washington Post:

“We don’t have that knowledge and background, and scientifically, so there’s no way in the world to say you have a relationship relative to anything here. There’s no research. There’s no data. … We’re not disagreeing. We’re just basically saying the same thing. We’re doing a lot more. It’s the kind of thing that you want to work … to prevent injury.”

He went on:

“No, that’s absurd. There’s no data that in any way creates a knowledge. There’s no way that you could have made a comment that there is an association and some type of assertion. In most things, you have to back it up by studies. And in this particular case, we all know how medicine is. Medicine is evolving. I grew up being told that aspirin was not good. I’m told that one a day is good for you. … I’m saying that changed over the years as we’ve had more research and knowledge.”

Believe it or not, Jones said all this while admitting that he would like to make the game safer.

Something is wrong here, and it is absolutely Jones.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE is a degenerative brain disease caused by head trauma that leads to depression, dementia and physical ailments.

These health concerns have already led to “early” retirements from Calvin Johnson, Anthony Davis and Chris Borland. Jones’ thoughts on CTE are a major problem if those sentiments are echoed elsewhere in the ownership community — it’s a refusal to accept that football needs a change.

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