On Thursday, the National Football League went back and forth with the New York Times following the publication of a Times story headlined: N.F.L.’s Flawed Concussion Research and Ties to Tobacco Industry.” The story outlines ways in which the league omitted concussion data, lessening the public perception of the problem. In a statement, the NFL says the story “is contradicted by clear facts that refute both the thesis of the story and each of its allegations.”
At a charity event Thursday at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked about the biggest NFL news story of the day.
“I’ll just say this,” Kraft said at Team IMPACT’s Game-Day Gala, via CSNNE.com “Any contact sport, whether it’s women’s soccer, hockey or football, there are going to be concussions. I’ll tell you this, that I think the game has never been safer from an equipment point of view, from a medical point of view. I know I played, two of my sons played, my three grandsons play so we have three generations playing the game, and I think the life lessons that you get playing football are worth the risk.”
Kraft deflected another question on the story, saying he was choosing instead to focus on the evening’s event.
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