Former Ravens football star Jamal Lewis revealed to the Baltimore Sun that he had suicidal thoughts after his storied career ended. This story is especially sad given today’s knowledge of just how dangerous contact sports can be, especially regarding the brain damage commonly known as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). CTE is a dreaded disease that has destroyed lives of former NFL stars, and those in power in the league have done little to acknowledge or prevent further damage to the players.
The following quote from the Sun article demonstrates how Lewis’ plight has been played out time and again, yet the status quo appears to prevail:
The NFL, he told the website, is unwilling to help. Lewis said he has requested disability payments from the league three times, only to be denied each time. He attributes the refusal partly to his involvement in a lawsuit against the NFL over brain injuries and partly to what he called the league’s narrow definition of a disability. (The NFL did not respond to a request for comment.)
Below is a clip from the acclaimed movie, Concussion, which addressed the discovery of CTE and its effects on former NFL players:
If you listened carefully during the video clip, you may have noticed the neurosurgeon’s statement about the percentage of parents that would be impacted by the negative results of the CTE study. The dialogue in the scene revealed that “10%” could result in a rapid decline of the influence professional football has on the public persona.
Here’s an interesting story from ESPN regarding that particular percentage.
This is an issue that The Baltimore Post has not ignored. The Post has published numerous articles on CTE, and we find it rather abhorrent that the league, which pays no taxes, would turn its back on the very men who dedicated their lives to the game. Meanwhile, the league’s owners and administrators keep marching on to the sound of the almighty dollar.
Owner, Baltimore Ravens
- Steve Bisciotti is the cofounder of Allegis Group, the world’s largest private staffing firm.
- He started the business with his cousin, and fellow billionaire, Jim Davis. Allegis now brings in $11 billion in annual revenue.
This outlandish conduct is being precipitated by politicians seeking to ingratiate their bottom line in the form of campaign donations in order to maintain their powerful grip over the middle class. It is a direct affront to every middle-class working family whose hard-earned tax dollars are going to sustain private enterprises like the NFL and TPA.
Sadly, in the end, the NFL will continue to deny assistance to players suffering from CTE while the middle-class taxpayers are fleeced into providing money to people whose standard business practices are reminiscent of the medieval times.
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