Obama would say no to football, too violent


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I wonder how long before he suggests an all out ban on contact sports

“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” he said in an interview. “And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. “In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.

and of course the NFL shifts the blame onto college football

Greg Aiello, NFL spokesman, told the Associated Press: “We have no higher priority than player health and safety at all levels of the game.” Obama’s larger concern is for college football, where players have no real advocate. “I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” he said.

Obama uncertain if he’d let a son play football