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Joke of the Day: Madden in Charge of Head Trauma

Nov 10, 2009

Would you trust your brain or your money with this man?

We have no idea how anyone missed this little tidbit from the Congressional hearings on brain concussions in the NFL. The media rightfully focused on stirring comments made by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ owner Gay Culverhouse regarding the complete lack of advocacy for the players when it comes to brain injuries: The team doctors are hired by the owners and are employed to protect their investment; many of the coaches and owners often play golf with the team doctors in their free time. Tampa Bay Online covered Ms. Culverhouse’s testimony closely and the last paragraph in their story says a lot about just how seriously Roger Goodell plans on looking into brain concussions.

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Culverhouse: NFL doctors aren’t advocates for players

WASHINGTON – Football team doctors are an extension of the coaching staff, not a medical advocate for players, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers president Gay Culverhouse told a House Judiciary Committee on NFL brain injuries Wednesday.

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Culverhouse, who recently told the New York Times she has blood cancer and renal failure and only six months to live, testified after being in contact with several former players with deteriorating health associated with their careers.

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“The team doctor is hired by the coach and paid by the front office,” she said.

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“The public health risk is already here and we cannot afford to wait any longer to make changes to the way we play sports,” he said, calling for rule and technique changes.

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Goodell said that he met with Cantu a couple of weeks ago, and based on the discussion, has asked former coach and broadcaster John Madden to work with coaches to find ways to identify new practice techniques to reduce risk of head trauma.

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Read the entire article (click HERE).

Hmmm. This is the same John Madden who mysteriously went missing in the middle of football season last year to avoid questions about how much money he was making from Electronic Arts Madden Football at the expense of the football players who weren’t getting paid for their images and stats being used in the video game? (Read that post from last year – click HERE.) And this is the same John Madden who made millions as an NFL-approved announcer for years of Monday Night Football? So now – in his infinite wisdom – Commissioner Goodell is putting HIM in charge of making sure the players don’t get screwed over when it comes to brain trauma?

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  1. Dave Pear
    November 10th, 2009 at 11:53 pm #

    Dave & Heidi Pear
    We would like to give John Madden some unsolicited advice:

    John, when you are on the golf course with the team doctors and coaches in the NFL working on your swing, don’t forget about the Players Inc. scandal.

    Remember, you were paid $100,000,000 from EA Sports and over 2,064 retired players with signed GLA (group licensing agreements) were never paid a cent while our images were scrambled and stolen.

    When the trial began you slipped away on a two-week vacation (during football season)? Did you have a nice vacation? Where did you go?

    Before you take on this new assignment from Roger Goodell, why don’t you address your involvement in Players Inc.?

    Do you think it is fair that you were paid $100,000,000 and over 2,064 retired players who were lobbied for fourteen years to sign up for (the marketing program) were never paid one cent?

    All we’ve received so far was the vilifying “dog food” reference generated by the late Executive Director of the NFLPA Gene Upshaw. Gene said, “We could have the greatest dog food in the world but if the dogs don’t like it, we can’t sell it.”

    Do you agree with Gene Upshaw?

    Or, do you agree with the jurors who found Gene’s NFLPA Leadership team to be guilty of such phrases as “malicious and oppressive conduct with evil motive,” and “conduct that was outrageous and grossly fraudulent?” With the exception of Gene, the same smiling faces still make up the NFLPA Leadership.

    A federal jury in San Francisco ordered the NFL Players Assn. to pay $28,100,000 in damages to over 2,064 retired players on November 11, 2008 and we still have not been paid one cent!

    Finally, are you qualified to take on this new assignment from Commissioner Goodell? What could you possibly know about head injuries?

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

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