Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, who was arrested and charged with domestic violence according to a report from ESPN, issued a statement that says he and his family do not believe that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) played a role in the incident. Rypien announced last year that he believes he has CTE from his years of playing professional football.
Despite his spokesperson’s vehement denial, we question the accuracy of that statement. The Baltimore Post has vigorously covered this disease, which has severely affected retired NFL players, and the circumstances certainly suggest that CTE may have played a part in the domestic incident.
CTE doesn’t just affect former athletes, though. There are also serious consequences for anyone who dares challenge what modern science is reporting about this human scourge.
All CTE naysayers should take just a few moments to watch the opening scenes of the Front Line documentary, which goes deep inside the NFL’s cover-up of this brain-robbing disease.
How many other athletes engaged in other dangerous contact sports will ultimately end up fighting the same struggles against CTE in exchange for a brief moment in the spotlight?
Further, how many of those athletes, as they grow older, even will remember their time in the sun through the clouds of CTE?
We were rather alarmed at how Raven’s quarterback Joe Flacco was basically kicked to the curb by team management. Flacco was the face of the Baltimore Ravens until he was deemed “no longer useful” and cast aside by team management.
By the way, those “management types” are eerily similar to the ones depicted in the movie Concussion.
Hopefully, science will lead the way for athletes to make the right decision before endangering their cognative abilities just to play a game (albeit for millions of dollars).
We wish Mr. Rypien and his family the best as he struggles with this awful disease, and we hope that there are no more domestic incidents that are swept under the rug with a hollow denial about the true cause of his actions.