Time in the summer has seemingly been slipping away from me fast. Honestly, most of the traffic ’round here tails off in June, July and August. However I do feel an obligation to make sure y’all keep informed. Today here are some links from the past few days;
Priest Holmes explains that some of the concussions caused some weird side-effects/symptoms;
In some instances, the concussed can feel very much like he’s on another planet. The sky itself can change to colors the sky shouldn’t be at a particular time.
“This color obviously isn’t going to be blue. It can be a color that can be orange. It can be red. The sky could turn green,” Holmes told Chris Corbellini. “There’s even an episode where you see a clear light, like light at the end of the tunnel.”[…]
“As much as I loved it [football], that same love now has put me in situations that I have to live with,” he said.”The frontal headaches, the migraines. Laying in bed, it’s tough to get out mornings just because of the pain that is setting in with an arthritic condition, it’s things like that that you never would have really thought about.”
Accepted risk by Holmes, no doubt, however not grasping the long-term effects and really just wanting to play a sport he loved has put him in a position that makes it tough. In related news Stephen Davis, also a former running back, recently made statements about concussions in his time as a player;
Former Panthers and Redskins RB Stephen Davis is suffering from short-term memory loss four years after retiring following a ten-year NFL career.
“The coaches and doctors try to get you back on the field regardless of if you’re hurt or not hurt or have a concussion,” Davis said. “It’s more about getting you back on the field than making sure you’re OK. If you could put your hand on your nose, you were good to go back in.”
With the recent information from Holmes and Davis along with more players joining the law suit every day finally an NFL “big wig” spoke up. Owner John Mara of the New York Giants not only empathized with the older players and acknowledged that the league has not done enough for them, but he also made it clear where he stand on the litigation issue;
Mara told the newspaper he wants to see these men helped, but he dismissed whispers that the league has willingly concealed research about brain injuries.
“I’m on the health and safety committee, we have more medical committees looking into it,” Mara said. “We’re just starting to gather more information about it. And I’m very confident we’re doing everything we can do right now to find out more about it.
“But the notion in these lawsuits that we knew there were long-term effects and we withheld that information is ridiculous. Is there some kind of cause and effect? I don’t know, I’ll let the medical experts tell you that; common sense would tell you that there is. But to say we knew it and withheld it, I really find that objectionable.”
As one of the articles stated we are not done hearing the end of this as the suits move forward and more players have their careers come to an end and they age. Remember this is the inherent risk with this sport at its highest level. If you have noted our discussion on the litigation I have opined that the players face an extremely tough battle, although recently they may have caught a break, and winning a massive decision may not be in the cards. However I do feel that both sides can win with this situation. Mara alluded to this by having the league make sure the alumni are taken care of, well. I do believe that is the underlying issue with the law suits (granted there are some players looking for some money) along with proper information for current and future players about brain trauma over time.