Re: New Twist to Seau Suicide?
posted at 5/15/2012 1:03 PM EDT
In Response to Re: New Twist to Seau Suicide?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: New Twist to Seau Suicide? : If large numbers of people are really left debilitated by playing football and forced to spend years in misery and poverty because of that, maybe it should end? I'm sure watching Christians being torn apart by lions or gladiators kill each other in combat was a lot of fun too (and I'm not being sarcastic, I'm sure it was fun). But really such cruel sports needed to end. Now I don't think football is that bad and I do believe that there are ways to make the game safe enough to allow it to continue. But I also believe there is a moral responsibility on the part of all involved in football to ensure that when a player is seriously debilitated by the game that he is taken care of. Having ex-players live drooling under bridges (because it was their choice to play after all and they got paid handsomely for it!) is not, in my mind, a morally acceptable alternative. One other minor point: if the players were aware of the risks to themselves, then so was the league. In my opinion, if the league was aware that players could be seriously debilitated and continued to move forward, it shares responsibility for the fate of the players with the players themselves. I don't think you can shirk responsibility when you do something that you know might hurt somebody else just because that somebody else agreed to do it himself. You still are responsible for the harm you cause. You can't get out of that responsibility simply by saying the harmed person agreed to do it knowing full well they might be harmed. If that were the case, it would be completely moral for me to chop off your legs and leave you in pain and bleeding to death as long as you agreed to having your legs chopped off first.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
Let's try it again...here are the 6 concise, simple questions that I put to you. Do you care to answer, this time?:
1.) If the trial lawyers win, why would colleges continue a football program, and expose themselves to being sued?
2.) Why would NFL owners continue to invest in a franchise and a league, where their profits could be ripped away by lawsuits, such as these?
3.) Would you agree with me that medical knowledge about head injuries is far advanced now, from what it was 20 years ago?
4.) What is the purpose of players wearing helmets? Hasn't the league moved forward in getting better head gear?
5.) Do you believe that the retired players were completely ignorant of the risks involved in playing football?
6.) Can you think of anything that the league should be doing now, to make the game safer?