NFL

Lamestream media promotes total lie about NFL player suicide 'epidemic'

Friday, January 17, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: NFL players, suicide epidemic, lamestream media

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Love it or hate it, the National Football League is the most successful professional sports franchise in the history of the country, grossing something like $9.5 billion annually. This figure is important, as I'll point out in a moment.

First, a little background. In case you haven't been following the sport lately, there has been a bit of a controversy (to put it mildly) surrounding player concussions and, specifically, what kind of long-term health effects successive concussions can have, if any, over the course of a career.

Some 4,800 former players took the NFL to court, suing over the issue while contending that the league knew for years that successive concussions indeed had long-term health implications but refused to divulge that information to players. The league, of course, denied this, but nevertheless agreed to settle the suit for $765 million (a settlement that has just recently been rejected by a court).

The line of contention made by the players - and which is often seconded by most sportswriters covering the sport from the perspective of the players, not the "greedy, evil" league - is that successive blows to the head a) cause concussions, which in turn b) cause brain damage, which c) causes long-term psychological problems, d) thereby boosting the incidence of suicide among NFL players, which e) is higher (by far) than the national average.

What 'epidemic?'

Now, to both football fans and non-fans alike, it seems rather silly that grown men playing an incredibly rough, violent sport (for most of them since their childhood days) would claim: a) that they themselves were unaware that successive concussions and head injuries may, at some future point, produce long-term ill-health affects; and b) that the league itself somehow knew more than they did but just arbitrarily decided to keep that under wraps (knowing how much owners have invested in players).

So what's all this really about?

Remember that $9.5 billion figure I mentioned earlier? If you ask me, money is what is "motivating" this entire sad ordeal. And based on some revealing reporting by Daniel J. Flynn at Breitbart News, you'd be hard-pressed to prove otherwise. In a recent column, he takes head-on the higher-than-the-national-average-suicides "myth" as a "fact" that has been stated without proof, then echoed by the sportswriting cabal:

The pattern generally sees one article attribute the claim that an astronomically high number of NFL players commit suicide to another article, which cites another article, which cites still another article. The end of the chain always references a specific organization, which, when contacted by Breitbart Sports, proved incapable of producing a study to buttress the shocking statistic that NFL retirees kill themselves at six times the national average.

And yet that is the figure being used. Where did it come from?

In 2012, when scientists for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health examined 3,439 NFL retirees - all pension-vested players who played the game when protective equipment was not nearly as good, between 1959 and 1988 - they found 59 percent fewer suicides than the comparable surrounding male population (of non-players).

Where's the 'study'?

And yet, sportswriters continue to discount or ignore that landmark 2012 study and rely instead "on a nonexistent study to convey the idea that the tragic fates of Junior Seau, Jovan Belcher, and Andre Waters remain all-too common among former gridiron stars," Flynn wrote (all of the players mentioned have committed suicide).

The NIOSH's extensive research, which was urged by the NFL Players Association, rarely finds its way into stories written about this issue:

Instead, journalists in the nation's leading publications - Time, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe - regurgitate a statistic that NFL retirees kill themselves at six times the national average without citing the study's name, saying who initially published it, or describing the methodology employed to come to this conclusion.

How is that possible? Apparently, as Flynn notes, nobody can really say, because nobody can cite the "study."

In the meantime, the world's most successful sports league has implemented new "concussion protocols" during games, requiring teams to implement them any time a player receives a violent hit to the head and then bench the player for the remainder of the game if sideline personnel believe he may have suffered a concussion.

My bet is, that won't satisfy the wolves at the NFL's door, but it should protect the league from the circling vultures moving forward.

Sources:


http://www.breitbart.com

http://www.cbssports.com

http://www.amazon.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.